PEOPLE | CARTERTON

 

MARK HINTON - PRINCIPAL

Mark Hinton joined the firm from a Hamilton practice in 1989. Based in our Carterton office, he visits Masterton on Thursday. Mark’s main practice areas are property law for domestic, farming and business clients with an added emphasis on resource management and local government law. Mark is responsible for the firm’s technology requirements. He is is also a member of the Law Alliance New Zealand IT Committee.

For some time now Mark has also been a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Land Titles Committee, which has worked in partnership with other stakeholders in developing, initiating  and now upgrading the Land Information New Zealand’s “Landonline” project, which continues to be a world leading digitalised land registration system.

Mark is married to Maria, who is a private Speech and Drama teacher and examiner. They have three adult children. Outside the office, Mark has an interest – along with others in the firm - in a coastal sheep/beef farm, in aviation, and plays an active role in live theatre, both on stage and technical.

P: 06 379 4070 M: 027 438 9337 E: mark.h@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

KEITH MCCLURE - Consultant

Keith McClure was a principal in the firm from 1978 through until 2018. He continues to work for the firm as a Consultant based in our Carterton office. His areas of practice include property and commercial work, trusts and asset planning, employment law, and civil litigation. He is on the panel of Family Court lawyers available for Lawyer for Child appointment. Particular projects have included advising on formation of syndicated rural property investments.

Keith is married to Adrienne, a schoolteacher, and has two adult children. His outside interests include farming, skiing, tennis, flying, fishing and art collection.

P: 06 379 4070 M: 027 446 8268 E: keith.m@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

JOCK BLATHWAYT - ASSOCIATE

Jock Blathwayt is an associate of the firm and has been the mainstay of the firm’s Court practice for many years. He is based in our Carterton office, but spends a lot of time in Court at Masterton, Wellington and Palmerston North. He specialises in criminal proceedings, family work and litigation at all levels including the Court of Appeal.

Jock has three adult children, one of whom is a lawyer. His outside interests include golf, bridge and tennis and he enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren.

P: 06 379 4070 M: 027 441 7183 E: margaret.w@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

VIRGINIA PEARSON - Associate

Virginia is an Associate in the Carterton office. She graduated from Victoria University in 2005 and worked for the Family Court for two years before joining the firm in 2008. Virginia's predominant areas of practice include family law, criminal and youth law, although she also works closely with others in the firm in areas of general practice.

Virginia has lived in the Wairarapa for more than 20 years. Outside work she is kept busy with her family, and enjoys travelling and music.

P: 06 379 4070 E: virginia.p@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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Elizabeth johnston - senior SOLICITOR

Elizabeth was raised in Masterton and has a BCA (Accounting and Commercial Law) and LLB from Victoria University of Wellington. Elizabeth was admitted to the Bar in 2003 and started her career as a tax consultant at Ernst & Young. Her career has included roles in tax, funds, corporate and commercial law, including a stint as an attorney for Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands. Elizabeth joined WCM Legal in May 2019 from Kiwi Wealth in Wellington, and is based in the Carterton office.

Outside of work, Elizabeth serves on the Board of the Aratoi Regional Trust. She enjoys spending time travelling, collecting art and supporting the Hurricanes.

P: 06 379 4070 M: 027 444 6699 E: elizabeth.j@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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JOHN GIBBONS - PRACTICE MANAGER

John joined WCM Legal in 2015 having previously worked in the area of law office administration for over 35 years. John is responsible for the day to day management of the firm including:

  • Personnel

  • Accounting

  • Credit control

  • Computer systems and IT

  • Trust account and audit

  • Office equipment

  • Premises

  • Marketing and promotion

Away from work John’s interests include walking, golf and following sport, especially motorsport and rugby.

P: 06 379 4070 M: 027 450 4788 E: john.g@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

PEOPLE | WELLINGTON

 

MICHAEL BALE - PRINCIPAL

Michael Bale has been practising all aspects of business and commercial law, dispute resolution, franchising, and conveyancing law since 1995 at Wilson & Co (12 years) and at other Wellington based commercial legal practices. Michael is based in our Wellington and Masterton Offices. Michael’s strengths are in all aspects of business and commercial law and dispute resolution including franchising, leases, conveyancing and subdivision, and corporate advice on commercial matters.

Michael is married to Joke (pronounced “Yorka” – she is from Belgium) and they live in Greytown with their three young children. Michael’s interests include gardening and mechanical work, especially old motorcycles, particularly if they have sidecars.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 021 509 296 E: michael@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

KIRSTEN TOWNSLEY - PRINCIPAL

Kirsten joined the Firm of Wilson & Co in 2001 from a previous position with the Official Assignee in Wellington. Kirsten became a principal at Wilson & Co in 2009 and specialises in commercial, banking and securities law, all aspects of land law and drafting and advising on commercial agreements of all types.

Kirsten has advised on numerous large corporate acquisitions of land and business assets.

Kirsten is married to Clark and they have twin daughters Paige and Samantha. She loves the outdoors spending her free time mountain biking, cycling, swimming, surfing, and has recently started training for her first Ironman event.

Kirsten is based in our Wellington Office.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 021 283 1393 E: kirsten@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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JO MCDONALD - CONSULTANT

Jo joined the team at WCM Legal in October 2013 and works in our Wellington and Wairarapa offices. Jo is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives and is a Licenced Conveyancer. Jo has over thirty years’ experience in commercial, residential and rural property acquisitions and disposals, banking and securities law, leasing and contract negotiations.

Outside of work Jo loves cuisine, cooking, reading and gardening.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 027 222 2490 E: jo@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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John Goddard - SENIOR Associate

John joined our team in 2018 from another Wellington law firm. He was admitted to the bar in 2010 and has worked as a barrister and solicitor in a number of roles since then.  John deals with all aspects of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution.  In particular he specialises in disputes concerning construction, employment & insurance law (including earthquake claims arising from both the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes). 

In Christchurch, John worked as Supervising Solicitor for the Residential Advisory Service and therefore provides a focus on resolving earthquake claims, alternative dispute resolution and civil litigation for the firm. John is eager to engage with clients and offer mentoring to more junior members of the office.  John is Treasurer of the New Zealand Labour Law Society and an associate member of AMINZ.

Outside of work, John enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family. John is based in our Wellington Office.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 027 622 0152 E: john.w.g@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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Jon Parker - Consultant

Jon comes to us from another Wellington legal firm where he spent over two decades as Senior Litigation Partner heading the Insurance and Dispute Resolution Team.  

Jon has specialised in insurance litigation for most of his professional career.  He has acted for many New Zealand insurers and also overseas insurers.  His speciality areas have been general and statutory liability, professional indemnity and disciplinary matters.  Apart from providing opinion work he has also been engaged in litigation for insurance companies at all levels of Courts in New Zealand as well as extensive experience resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution, particularly arbitration and mediation.

In addition to insurance he has extensive experience in dealing with estate claims, property disputes, lease disputes and construction disputes.  He is currently involved in several large claims against insurers involving earthquake damage in Christchurch.  He is a member of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association and also the Medico Legal Society.

P: 04 473 7537 E: jon.p@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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lara goddard - SOLICITOR

Lara joined our team in 2019. She was admitted to the bar in 2010 and worked as a barrister and solicitor in a firm in Christchurch and as a research assistant at the University of Canterbury Law School. Lara deals with all aspects of property and commercial law. 

Lara is married to John, a senior associate at WCM Legal. Outside of work, Lara enjoys horse riding, gardening and spending time with her family. Lara works part time in our Wellington Office.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 027 455 5303 E: lara.g@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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KATELYN GEORGE - REGISTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Wairarapa born and bred, Katelyn joined the team at WCM Legal in June 2017 and works between our Wellington and Masterton offices. Katelyn acts for clients on a wide variety of residential and commercial conveyancing matters and also has a strong interest in rural conveyancing, subdivisions and particularly assisting first home buyers with the daunting process of purchasing their first home.

Outside of work Katelyn is kept busy with her family, a large variety of animals (including Pugsley the pug) and completing her and her partner’s first home building project.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 027 566 1210 E: katelyn.g@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

PEOPLE | MASTERTON

 

MICHAEL BALE - PRINCIPAL

Michael Bale has been practising all aspects of business and commercial law, dispute resolution, franchising, and conveyancing law since 1995 at Wilson & Co (12 years) and at other Wellington based commercial legal practices. Michael is based in our Wellington and Masterton Offices. Michael’s strengths are in all aspects of business and commercial law and dispute resolution including franchising, leases, conveyancing and subdivision, and corporate advice on commercial matters.

Michael is married to Joke (pronounced “Yorka” – she is from Belgium) and they live in Greytown with their three young children. Michael’s interests include gardening and mechanical work, especially old motorcycles, particularly if they have sidecars.

P: 06 378 7095 M: 021 509 296 E: michael@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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MARK HINTON - PRINCIPAL

Mark Hinton joined the firm from a Hamilton practice in 1989. Based in our Carterton office, he visits Masterton on Thursday. Mark’s main practice areas are property law for domestic, farming and business clients with an added emphasis on resource management and local government law. Mark is responsible for the firm’s technology requirements. He is is also a member of the Law Alliance New Zealand IT Committee.

For some time now Mark has also been a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Land Titles Committee, which has worked in partnership with other stakeholders in developing, initiating  and now upgrading the Land Information New Zealand’s “Landonline” project, which continues to be a world leading digitalised land registration system.

Mark is married to Maria, who is a private Speech and Drama teacher and examiner. They have three adult children. Outside the office, Mark has an interest – along with others in the firm - in a coastal sheep/beef farm, in aviation, and plays an active role in live theatre, both on stage and technical.

P: 06 379 4070 M: 027 438 9337 E: mark.h@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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Jess Hannon - REGISTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Jess joined WCM Legal in 2013 as Receptionist in the Carterton office after working for a small stock broking firm in Wellington. During her time as Receptionist Jess undertook extramural study and in mid-2018 successfully completed her Legal Executive Diploma and was admitted to the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives.

Outside of work, Jess is a keen hockey player along with her husband and enjoys travelling around New Zealand and further abroad.

P: 06 378 7095 E: jess.h@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

KATELYN GEORGE - REGISTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Wairarapa born and bred, Katelyn joined the team at WCM Legal in June 2017 and works between our Wellington and Masterton offices. Katelyn acts for clients on a wide variety of residential and commercial conveyancing matters and also has a strong interest in rural conveyancing, subdivisions and particularly assisting first home buyers with the daunting process of purchasing their first home.

Outside of work Katelyn is kept busy with her family, a large variety of animals (including Pugsley the pug) and completing her and her partner’s first home building project.

P: 06 378 7095 M: 027 566 1210 E: katelyn.g@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

PEOPLE | GREYTOWN

 
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JO MCDONALD - ASSOCIATE & SENIOR LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Jo joined the team at WCM Legal in October of 2013. Jo is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives and has over twenty years experience in commercial and residential property acquisitions and disposals, banking and securities law, leasing and contract negotiations. 

Outside of work Jo spends time establishing the rural properties she owns with her partner in Upper Hutt and Martinborough. Jo loves cuisine, cooking, wine and reading.

Jo works from both our Wellington and Greytown offices.

P: 06 379 4069 M: 027 222 2490 E: jo@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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JASON CARRUTHERS - ASSOCIATE

Jason holds a Degree in Law together with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago. He was admitted to the Bar in 2009 and commenced practice in a boutique-size Law firm in Auckland, where he advised both SME’s and private clients on a range of commercial, property and litigation matters.

Jason joined WCM in August 2017 and was appointed an Associate in April 2018. He works as part of our Greytown team undertaking a wide variety of work including business and commercial transactions with particular interest in insolvency, construction, and financing. In addition to his commercial practice, he has experience in advising clients in a variety of property transactions.

P: 06 379 4069 M: 027 466 2599 E: jason.c@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

ED COOKE - CONSULTANT AND NOTARY PUBLIC

Ed was a partner in the firm from 1970 to 2012He has not renewed his legal practising certificate, but remains in the firm as a Consultant, happy to talk to his former clients about their affairs if they wish.

Ed is a Notary Public, which enables him to certify documents for use in overseas countries.

Ed is married to Juliet, and they have three adult children: Merran, a Lawyer and professional oboist, Grayson, an Associate Professor of multi-media at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, and Wendell, who is Film Censor and Film Maker. 

Ed’s outside interests include making string instruments (violins, violas and cello), tramping, and music. With Juliet, he organises and hosts house concerts for the Greytown Music Group.

Ed is available by appointment in the Greytown office.

 

JULIET COOKE - CONSULTANT

Juliet was a partner in the firm from 1989 to 2014.   She has now ceased to be a partner and director of WCM Legal, as she is working her way down towards retirement, and will not be renewing her legal practising certificate after June 2016She is now a Consultant, specialising in property matters, wills, and estates.

Juliet is married to Ed, and they have three adult children: Merran, a Lawyer and professional oboist, Grayson, an Associate Professor of multi-media at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, and Wendell, who is Film Censor and Film Maker.

Juliet’s outside interests including tramping, gardening and music. With Ed, she organises and hosts house concerts for the Greytown Music Group.

Juliet Is available by appointment in the Greytown office.

P: 06 379 4069 M: 0274 450 677 E: juliet@wcmlegal.co.nz

 
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BRIDGET GRAY - ESTATES MANAGER

Bridget has worked for the legal profession since leaving secondary school, firstly in Wellington, and later, after returning to the Wairarapa to start a family, for two Masterton law firms. She began working for WCM Legal in their Greytown office in 2009, as PA to Juliet Cooke.  She continues in that role for Juliet, and also as the Estates Manager. 

She is married to Phil, has a son and daughter, and enjoys spending her leisure time with her family, working in her ever-evolving garden, walking in the Tararuas, and working on their farm block.

P: 06 379 4069 E: bridget.g@wcmlegal.co.nz

 

FEATHERSTON

 
 

With regret, there are reduced services at our Featherston office. The office closed on the 28th June, although we will still be available by appointment, in Featherston, until the 30th August. Full legal services are still available at our other Wairarapa offices located at:

126 Main Street, Greytown, Memorial Square, Carterton, and 10 Park Street, Masterton. You can contact us by phoning (06) 379 4070 during normal office hours.