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
 

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
 

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
 

SHAUN BURMESTER - senior SOLICITOR

Shaun is one of 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: 021 022 32837 E: shaun@wcmlegalwellington.co.nz

 

 
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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 Jo McDonald’s 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

 
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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 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

 
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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