who we are.

We are business, trust and private client law experts. We are able to offer the same level of expertise, quality and client service as a big firm in a smaller, more personal and cost-effective environment. We are professional, but we are also down to earth and practical people who enjoy working with clients to solve their problems and achieve their goals.


Matt Hay

PRINCIPAL

Matt is a former partner of a leading national law firm. Matt specialises in advising businesses and their owners on business structuring, governance, acquisitions and disposals, as well as a range of trust and personal property matters. Matt is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading trust law experts.

What clients love about Matt

Clients love Matt for his clear thinking and communication, his extensive business and trust law expertise and his knack of making the complex seem easy.

Outside work

Matt is married with three children and is an avid fan of Americana music. He even plays and sings a bit himself. Have a listen at matthay1.bandcamp.com

Memberships

Matt is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planners (STEP) and the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society.


Mell Clarke-Cornor

ASSOCIATE

Mell has 10 years plus experience working with private individuals and privately-owned businesses. Mell specialises in advising on residential and commercial property transactions, other property-related matters including leases and subdivisions, relationship property, trusts, and estate and succession planning.

What clients love about Mell

Clients love Mell for her personable and friendly approach and for getting the job done, quickly and efficiently.

Outside work

Mell loves spending time with her family, playing and watching sport, keeping fit and generally enjoying life.

Mell is on parental leave until March 2018.


Beth McCall

ASSOCIATE

Beth began her legal career working in two leading national law firms. Beth specialises in property and private client matters, including residential and commercial property transactions, leasing and subdivisions, relationship property, trustees and estate and succession planning. Beth has a particular passion for charities and not-for-profit law and provides advice to charities and other non-profit organisations on a range of operational and constitutional matters.

What clients love about Beth

Clients love Beth’s passion for her work, and her ability to understand what really matters to them.

Outside work

Beth is a busy mum with an active toddler who rarely gives her much time to sit down. Beth lives in Petone and loves to spend her spare time soaking up the culture of the area.

Beth works Wednesday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm.


Eddie Jackson

LAWYER

Eddie graduated from Victoria University with an LLB in 2015 and was admitted to the bar in June 2016. Eddie works with privately-owned businesses on a range of matters including sale and purchase transactions, business structuring and corporate governance. Eddie also advises on a range of not-for-profit, trust and personal property matters.

What clients love about Eddie

Clients love Eddie's easy going and approachable nature, and his prompt and pragmatic advice.

Outside work

Eddie enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and also spearfishing and freediving in New Zealand and abroad.


Nicky Smith

LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Nicky has worked in legal services for most of her working career – firstly, as a legal secretary, and more recently as a legal executive. Nicky specialises in the administration of estates, wills and enduring powers of attorney, trusts, and estate and succession planning.

What clients love about Nicky

Clients love Nicky’s calm and understanding manner, and her quiet efficiency – Nicky gets the job done with the minimum of fuss.

Outside work

Nicky enjoys spending time with her family (she has two beautiful girls) and has been known to unleash the inner rocker at the odd big concert or two.

Nicky works Monday to Thursday from 9.15am to 2.15pm.


Tessa Amey

LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Like Nicky, Tessa has spent most of her working career in legal services as both a legal secretary/assistant and legal executive. Tessa specialises in residential property transactions – helping people buy and sell houses, and refinance their home loans. Tessa also advises on other personal property and trust-related matters.

What clients love about Tessa

Clients love Tessa’s ruthless efficiency – Tessa just loves to get stuff done.

Outside work

Tessa enjoys spending time with her young family and socialising with her friends.

Tessa works Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.30am to 3pm.


Sophie Lewin

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Sophie is new to legal services, but has taken to it like an old hand. Sophie specialises in residential property transactions – helping people buy and sell houses and refinance their home loans. She also assists clients with completing wills and enduring powers of attorney.

What clients love about Sophie

Clients love Sophie’s quietly assured way, her clear communication and her remarkable memory.

Outside work

Sophie loves spending time with her family (and it’s a big one) and socialising with her friends.