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 4060 M: 027 438 9337 E: mark.h@wcmlegal.co.nz
 
 

KEITH MCCLURE - PRINCIPAL

Keith McClure has been a principal in the firm since 1978, and works out of our Carterton office, visiting Featherston on Wednesday afternoons. 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 4062 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 4064 M: 027 441 7183 E: margaret.w@wcmlegal.co.nz
 

VIRGINIA PEARSON - SOLICITOR

Virginia is a staff solicitor 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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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 4066 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 Greytown 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@wcmlegalwellington.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@wcmlegalwellington.co.nz
 

DESIREE HARVEY - ASSOCIATE

Desiree joined the firm of WCM Legal in 2010 after gaining experience at another Wellington legal practice. Desiree specialises in transactional aspects of land law, business sales and purchases and insolvency, as well as drafting and advising on commercial contracts of all types. She enjoys working closely with her clients to achieve positive results.

Desiree and her husband Matt live in Wellington and she is based at our Wellington Office.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 027 588 2991 E: desiree@wcmlegalwellington.co.nz
 
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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. Jo is based in both our Greytown and Wellington offices. 

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

SHAUN BURMESTER - senior SOLICITOR

Shaun is one of the Wellington office's staff solicitors, beginning his legal career with WCM Legal in 2013 when he joined during his legal studies as a Law Clerk. Shaun assists both Kirsten and Michael in the Wellington office, along with providing additional support to other WCM Legal staff in every branch across a variety of legal issues. Through this exposure and his work he has gained a broad range of knowledge and skills during his time with WCM Legal, including in the areas of civil litigation, employment, corporate and commercial, and property. He enjoys working closely with people and providing practical and accessible solutions and results. 

While Shaun originally hails from Tauranga, he has entirely adopted the Wellington lifestyle and enjoys all the city and the region has to offer, especially the cafes, food, and culture.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 0210223 2837 E: shaun@wcmlegalwellington.co.nz

Isabella Gorringe - Solicitor

After graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2015, Isabella began her legal career in an agricultural focused law firm in Christchurch. Here she gained experience in residential property transactions, refinancing, along with various other agricultural, EQC and private client matters. Isabella then relocated to Wellington to join us in the WCM Legal team. She now focuses on conveyancing, subdivisions, refinances and other property associated work.  

Outside of work Isabella actively participates in horse riding, keeping her horse on the outskirts of Wellington.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 027 247 0366 E: isabella@wcmlegalwellington.co.nz
 

KATELYN GEORGE - REGISTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Katelyn has worked as a Registered Legal Executive in the Wairarapa with a background in property law. She is an Affiliate member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives and joined WCM in 2017 as a member of Jo McDonald’s property team. She acts for clients on a wide variety of residential and commercial property sales and purchases, subdivision work, and refinancing matters.

She works between Wellington and the Wairarapa and outside of work she enjoys wine, reading, and living in the Wairarapa with her partner and two cats.

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

JUHA KIM - LAW CLERK

Juha is a law graduate at WCM Legal. He joined the team in 2016 as a law clerk while completing his LLB/Bcom degree. Juha is based in the Wellington office and assists the WCM legal staff in various areas of the law.

Outside of work, Juha volunteers as a basketball coach for Special Olympics Wellington. He is a big fan of the NBA and enjoys socialising with friends.

P: 04 473 7537
 

PEOPLE | MASTERTON

 
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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 4060 M: 027 438 9337 E: mark.h@wcmlegal.co.nz
 

LINDSAY GRIBBEN - PRINCIPAL

Lindsay was a principal in Major Gooding & Partners from 1996 until WCM Legal and Major Gooding & Partners merged in April 2016. He is now a principal of the firm.

Lindsay worked in legal practices in Timaru ,Balclutha and Oamaru, and farmed on his own account near Rakaia during the late 1980's, before moving to the Wairarapa in 1996. 

Lindsay works out of the Masterton office and also services a large client base in the Eketahuna area. He practises primarily in all aspects of conveyancing (rural, domestic and commercial), trusts, succession planning, wills, estates and small businesses. He also advises the MDC on Hood Aerodrome matters.

Lindsay has four adult children and in August will become a grandparent for the first time. In his leisure time Lindsay enjoys gardening, cooking, travelling, and tending the livestock on his lifestyle block. A vintage tractor takes up a good part of one garage and he hopes to find time to restore this.

P: 06 378 7095 M: 027 244 1741 E: lindsay.g@wcmlegal.co.nz
 

PEOPLE | GREYTOWN

 

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 Greytown 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
 
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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: 04 473 7537 M: 027 222 2490 E: jo@wcmlegal.co.nz
 
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JASON CARRUTHERS - SENIOR SOLICITOR

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 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: 06 304 9024 M: 027 466 2599 E: jason.c@wcmlegal.co.nz
 
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KATELYN GEORGE - REGISTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Katelyn has worked as a Registered Legal Executive in the Wairarapa with a background in property law. She is an Associate member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives and joined WCM in 2017 as a member of Jo McDonald’s property team. She acts for clients on a wide variety of residential and commercial property sales and purchases, subdivision work, and refinancing matters.

She works between Wellington and the Wairarapa and outside of work she enjoys wine, reading, and living in the Wairarapa with her partner and two cats.

P: 04 473 7537 M: 027 566 1210 E: katelyn@wcmlegalwellington.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 4063 M: 0274 450 677 E: juliet@wcmlegal.co.nz
 

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 approximately 6 years ago, 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 4070 E: bridget.g@wcmlegal.co.nz
 

PEOPLE | FEATHERSTON

 

KEITH MCCLURE - PRINCIPAL

Keith McClure has been a principal in the firm since 1978, and works out of our Carterton office, visiting Featherston on Wednesday afternoons. 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 4062 M: 027 446 8268 E: keith.m@wcmlegal.co.nz