PEOPLE - WELLINGTON


MICHAEL BALE - PRINCIPAL

Michael Bale has been practicing commercial 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, and 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

 

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.

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

 
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John Goddard - Associate

John joined our team in 2018 from another Wellington law firm. He was admitted to the bar in 2010 and 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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Juha Kim - Solicitor

Juha is a solicitor based in our Wellington office. He joined WCM Legal as a law clerk in 2016 while completing his LLB and Bcom degree at Victoria University of Wellington. Juha assists the WCM Legal partners on a range of legal matters, with a focus on litigation, property and employment.

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

P: 04 473 7537 E: juha.k@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 Affiliate member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives and joined WCM Legal 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