Paula is a lawyer, a manager and a business owner. She enjoys helping people, and working with them to find solutions to their problems. Sometimes this starts by identifying a problem they didn't know they had!
Her work includes buying and selling all types of residential and commercial property, buying and selling businesses, formation and administration of estate and asset planning structures (trusts), relationship property agreements, and just about everything else. She enjoys leading a team, and creating systems that improve the way they do business.
Paula works with her partners on leading the firm forward to achieve their values and goals. Her main drivers are honesty, integrity and perseverance. She brings huge professionalism and understanding, as well as a good dose of humour to work each day.
Alongside her director duties, Stephanie manages the Rotorua Litigation team and is the trust account supervisor. She also takes appointments from the Court as lawyer for child, lawyer for the subject person and counsel to assist on mental health matters.
Stephanie, of Ngai te Rangi, Waitaha, Tu Korehe, Tuhoe and Nga Puhi descent, sees Law as a vocation, not just a job. She loves people and their stories, and her work enables her to help people when they need it the most.
Important to Stephanie, alongside family and friends, is community as well as personal and professional growth. She sits on the Bay Trust board, and has also been a Family Focus trustee for many years. Stephanie loves learning, and strives to constantly improve her own life and that of others.
Initially, Samantha (Ngai te Rangi, Waitaha, Tu Korehe, Tuhoe and Nga Puhi) started a teaching degree studying in Canterbury. After the earthquakes she moved back north, decided to discontinue her teacher training, and studied to become a lawyer instead. She completed her law degree at Waikato University, then joined the Family Law team in August 2018.
Samantha loves people and their stories. In her work at The Law Shop, she enjoys resolving issues and seeing positive outcomes. She’s proud of representing her clients well and building good relationships with them. This is why she often gets referred to people’s friends and family. If not law, she would have probably chosen a career in special effects makeup.
Conveyancing - residential & business sales/purchases, leases, occupation licences; refinancing, guarantees, GSA’s; company matters including partnership/shareholders agreements; Wills & EPA's; gifting, estates and trust affairs are some of the many things Machaela deals with on a daily basis.
Integrity, compassion and conscientiousness are important to her, and she takes great pride in seeing genuinely happy clients when she has gone above and beyond to get them a great result. This could be a last minute restructure to assist a client in purchasing a second home, or getting a KiwiSaver application approved when it was initially declined.
Machaela says she finds the law interesting, as it is forever changing and affects everybody. She enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to look at and solve issues, and helping people with some of their biggest decisions in life.
Currently studying towards New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies, Adele also holds a Trust Accountant certificate, a National Tourism and Travel certificate, a certificate in Business Administration, plus computing, office systems and technology credentials. She says she didn’t choose the law, it chose her.
Adele has been a legal secretary for several years, and has stepped up to take on a role in the property team. At The Law Shop, she works on conveyancing, mortgages (new, variation, discharge), and Wills. She enjoys going above and beyond while helping clients into their first home.
Trust Accounting, Business accounts, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Book staff CPD and other events, is what Viv busies herself with at The Law Shop. She is the reception back-up person, too.
Viv is a true team player, and honesty and reliability are important to her. She handles the myriad of tasks required for a smooth running business with ease and needless to say, she is amazing at providing excellent customer service.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her large family and friends, reading, travelling, shopping and walking, especially when there’s a nice coffee at the end of it.
As litigation secretary, Kirsty organises the court lawyer's diaries, types and collates their work and manages their files. Communicating with clients, sending correspondence to clients, billing, and file maintenance are also an important part of her day. She is also the backup trust accountant.
Kirsty is super organised, and knows how to prioritise. She enjoys making Stephanie and Mihi’s working life easier by being their secretary and she excels at helping new staff, and training them into becoming amazing secretaries. Kirsty has a passion for dance and in the future, she may well pick up American Jazz, Latin American and Ballroom dancing again.
Michelle has spent most of her career working as a legal assistant, but she’s had a variety of other jobs including managing a radio station. She is most proud of being a working mother, and of how she has juggled work and raising a family.
At The Law Shop, Michelle works in the litigation team and assists with Family Court matters, Relationship Property and Protection of Personal Property Rights Applications.
Having worked in a range of law firms since the age of 18, she has enjoyed being part of many exciting projects and achieving the best results for clients. She likes working in the various areas of law, bust she especially enjoys assisting clients work through the Family Court process.
Joanne initially trained and worked as a Radiographer, but after some time out to raise a family, she took on a Law degree. The timing was right to kickstart the second career she always wanted. Joanne graduated from Otago University with an LLB in 2005 and has more than 10 years’ experience working in all aspects of Property and Private Client Law.
A fourth generation Mainlander, Joanne grew up in Southland and spent most of her adult life in Otago. Moving to Rotorua was a lifestyle change she doesn’t regret. She joined The Law Shop in April 2019, and ensures that the legal aspects of our clients’ affairs are covered. Outside of work, she is involved in the community through Toastmasters and Rotary, and loves exploring our beautiful outdoor environment.
Andre received his law degree from The Unversity of Waikato. Prior to joining our team in April 2019, Andre worked for many years in the aviation industry and then for a government department.
He loves people and found his calling practicing family law. Not one day is the same and the learning never stops. It is important to Andre to get positive results for his clients and to make a positive difference to their lives.
Liz loves art and has a Certificate in Hairdressing from Wintec, but she works as a Law Clerk for The Law Shop’s property team. She has chosen this role because she admires what lawyers have done for her in the past and says it is great learning from them.
Her tasks include administration, drafting Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Agreements for Sale and Purchase and she also prepares bank documents. Most of her work is done in a virtual setting, as she is based in Northland.
Liz, who is from NZ Maori, Croatian and Lebanese decent, thrives on hard work and independence which she says are ideally reflected in the work she does for The Law Shop. When she is not busy working, she loves making art, music and spending time with her family.