PEOPLE - GREYTOWN
MICHAEL BALE - PRINCIPAL
Michael Bale has been practicing commercial and conveyancing law since 1995 at Wilson & Co (twelve 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, and particularly if they have sidecars.
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.
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.
JULIET COOKE - CONSULTANT
Juliet Cooke has been a partner in the firm since 1989. She has now ceased to be a partner and director of WCM Legal, as she is working her way down towards retirement. She is now a consultant, specialising in property matters, wills and trusts, and handles most of the estate work.
Juliet is married to Ed, and they have three adult children: Merran, a lawyer and professional oboist, Grayson, who lectures in multimedia at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, and Wendell, who is a film censor and film maker.
Juliet’s outside interests include tramping, gardening, and music - she plays the flute, sings in Merran’s legal choir Counsel in Concert, and organises and hosts house concerts for the Greytown Music Group. She and Ed, and a pianist, play together as the Molewood Trio for weddings, birthdays, and other occasions.
Juliet has reduced her work hours to Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the Greytown office. She is usually available other days as well, by appointment.
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.