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National Friends Panel list

The National Friends Panel is a New Zealand Law Society service. The panel is made up of New Zealand lawyers who are willing to be contacted on a confidential basis by fellow lawyers with questions or concerns related to practice issues.

Additionally, a number of lawyers are also available to discuss sensitive matters such as workplace harassment.


Sushanthi Angampally

Role: Barrister and Solicitor
Mobile: 021 214 6122
Email: sushanthi99@hotmail.com

Region: Auckland

Practice areas: criminal, employment, family
Practice issues: financial problems (personal/firm related), chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues


Joanne Bates

Firm: South City Law
Role: Sole Practitioner
Phone: +64 3 455 9371
Mobile: 027 512 0483
Email: jo.bates@southcitylaw.co.nz

Region: Otago

Practice areas: family
Practice issues: problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical issues, using an alternate/attorney


Andrew Bell

Firm: Bell & Co
Role: Sole Practitioner
Phone: +64 4 499 4014
Mobile: 0272 869 140
Email: andy@bellandco.co

Region: Wellington

Practice area: civil litigation, employment, mediation
Practice issues: employment issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical issues, workplace bullying, young lawyers assistance


Minka Boddé-Phillips

Firm: Phillips & Co Law
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 7 349 0695
Email: minka@phillipsandco.co.nz

Region: Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Practice area: civil litigation, criminal, employment, family, mediation

Practice issues: employment issues, chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical Issues, workplace bullying, work-life balance of women/mothers practising law, maternity leave and returning to practice


Stephen Clews

Firm: Attewell Clews and Cooper
Role: Director
Phone: +64 7 307 0570
Email: s.clews@acandc.co.nz

Region: Bay of Plenty

Practice areas: civil litigation, employment, family, mediation
Practice issues: financial problems (personal/firm related), employment issues (employee/employer), partnership issues, chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying


Murray Cochrane

Firm: Murray Cochrane Barrister
Role: Barrister
Phone: +64 6 769 9400
Email: murray@bankchambers.co.nz

Region: Taranaki

Practice areas: family, health, mediation
Practice issues: financial problems (personal/firm related), trust account problems, employment issues (employee/employer), partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying, using an alternate/attorney


Dominic Dravitzki

Firm: Malley & Co
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 3 379 0712
Email: dominic.dravitzki@malley.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: company/commercial, family, property, trusts & estates
Practice issues: financial problems, problem clients/files/judges, ethical issues


Stephanie (Steph) Dyhrberg

Firm: Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
Role: Partner
Phone: 04 550 4063
Email: steph@ddelaw.co.nz

Region: Wellington

Practice areas: Employment, Mediation

Practice issues: Employment issues (employee/employer), partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying, work/life balance


Gary Fail

Firm: Russell Moon & Fail
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 3 308 3191
Email: gary@rmf.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: bank/finance, company/commercial, lending activities, property, rural law, selling real estate, trusts & estates
Practice issues: financial problems, trust account problems, partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, office management, ethical issues


Leandra Fitzgibbon

Firm: Argyle Welsh Finnigan
Role: Partner
Phone: +03 308 8228
Email: leandra@awlegal.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: company/commercial, property, rural, selling real estate, trusts & estates.
Practice issues: problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues, using an alternate/attorney.


Guyon Foley

Firm: Guyon Foley Barrister
Role: Barrister
Phone: +64 9 307 1300
Mobile: 021 464 164
Email: gfoley@gfoley.co.nz

Region: Auckland

Practice area: criminal
Practice issues: chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues


Paul Gallagher

Firm: Paul Gallagher Legal
Role: Sole Practitioner
Phone: +64 9 4159 321
Email: paul@lawfirm.co.nz

Region: Auckland

Practice area: company/commercial, employment, family, mediation, property, trusts & estates
Practice issues: financial problems, trust account problems, employment issues, partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations, office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying


Catriona Gordon

Firm: Lava Law Limited
Role: Director
Phone: +64 7 343 1224
Email: catriona@lavalaw.co.nz

Region: Rotorua

Practice area: bank/finance, company/commercial, property, trusts & estates
Practice issues: employment issues, partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations, ethical issues, workplace bullying


Fiona Hall

Role: Barrister and solicitor
Phone: +64 9 309 9833
Email: fiona@fionahall-law.com

Region: Auckland

Practice issues: AML ethical matters such as privilege and confidentiality concerning making suspicious activity reports and surrounding ethical issues


Nichola Hall

Firm: Simpson Grierson
Role: Employee 
Phone: +64 9 9775 120
Email: nicky.hall@simpsongrierson.com

Region: Auckland

Practice area: civil litigation, in-house counsel
Practice issues: problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical issues, workplace bullying, work/life balance


Tony Herring

Firm: Mortlock McCormack Law
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 3 343 8386
Email: tony@mmlaw.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: bank/finance, company/commercial, employment, property

Practice issues: financial problems, trust account problems, employment issues, partnership isues, office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying, complaints issues


John Wayne Howell

Firm: Mackenzie Elvin Barristers and Solicitors
Role: Employee
Phone: +64 21 625 716
Email: johnwayne@mackenzie-elvin.com

Region: Waikato-Bay of Plenty

Practice area: Civil Litigation, Criminal, Employment, Family
Practice issues: Employment issues (employee/employer), Problem clients/files/judges, Acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), Office management, Ethical Issues, Workplace Bullying, Work/life balance


Gary Hughes

Role: Barrister
Phone: +64 9 558 5877
Email: gary@garyhughes.nz

Region: Auckland

Practice issues: AML ethical matters such as privilege and confidentiality concerning making suspicious activity reports and surrounding ethical issues


Iain Hutcheson

Firm: Iain Hutcheson Barrister
Role: Barrister
Phone: +64 9 309 0350
Email: hutch.law@brokerhouse.co.nz

Region: Auckland

Practice areas: administrative/public, civil litigation, company/commercial, family, mediation, trusts & estates 
Practice issues: financial problems (personal/firm related), tax problems, employment issues, partnership issues, chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical Issues, workplace bullying


Richard Johnstone

Firm: Richard Johnstone Barrister
Role: Barrister
Phone: +64 3 379 0432
Mobile: 0272 272 028
Email: richard@leftbank.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: civil litigation, insurance, mediation

Practice issues: financial problems, trust account problems, employment issues, partnership issues, chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying


Dinah Kennedy

Firm: Bramwell Bate
Role: Barrister and Solicitor
Phone: +64 6 872 8210
Email: dinah@bramwellbate.co.nz

Region: Hawkes Bay

Practice areas: civil litigation, company/commercial, employment, family, mediation, property, trusts and estates
Practice issues: employment issues (employee/employer), problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical issues


Ross Knight

Firm: TGT Legal
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 9 920 8660
Email: ross.knight@tgtlegal.com

Region: Auckland

Practice area: administrative/public, family, mediation
Practice issues: financial problems (personal/firm related), employment issues (employee/employer), partnership issues, chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying, using an alternate/attorney


Philip Khouri

Firm: Wilson McKay
Role: Employee 
Phone: +64 9 520 8798
Email: philipkhouri@wilsonmckay.co.nz

Region: Auckland

Practice areas: asset protection, business, property, wills and trusts.
Practice issues: financial problems(personal/firm related), trust account problems, employment issues(employee/employer), partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations(saying no), office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying, using an alternate/attorney, work/life balance, practising well


Stephen McCarthy

Firm: Stephen McCarthy Barrister
Role: Barrister
Phone: +64 9 262 3682
Email: stephen@sjmlaw.co.nz

Region: Auckland

Practice areas: civil litigation, family, mediation, trusts and estates
Practice issues: chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical issues


Linda Miles

Firm: Gallie Miles
Role: Director
Phone: +64 7 8720560
Email: lindam@gallie.co.nz

Region: Waikato

Practice area: family, lending activities, property, rural law, selling real estate, trusts & estates
Practice issues: trust account problems, employment issues, partnership issues, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying


Isabel Mitchell

Firm: Cuningham Taylor
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 3 3792605
Email: imm@ctlaw.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: family, trusts & estates
Practice issues: financial problems, partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no)


Sarah Morrison

Firm: ARL Lawyers
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 4 566 6777
Email: sarah.morrison@arl-lawyers.co.nz

Region: Wellington

Practice area: family
Practice issues: financial problems, trust account problems, employment issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues, stress, depression, work-life balance


Kevin Ogles

Firm: Consultant Lawyer
Role: Sole Practitioner
Mobile: 021 985 982
Email: kevin@kevinogleslaw.co.nz

Region: Auckland

Practice area: company/commercial, employment, lending activities, property, trusts & estates
Practice issues: financial problems, trust account problems, employment issues, problem clients/files/judges, office management


Tania Pearson

Firm: PGG Wrightson Ltd
Role: Employee
Phone: +64 3 372 0800
Email: tania.pearson@pggwrightson.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: company/commercial, in-house, property
Practice issues: financial problems, employment issues, problem clients/files/judges, ethical issues


Simon Price

Firm: Malley & Co Lawyers
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 3 363 6353
Email: simon.price@malley.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: company/commercial, employment, property, rural law, selling real estate, trusts & estates
Practice issues: trust account problems, partnership issues, ethical issues


Paul Radich

Role: Barrister
Mobile: 021 673 777
Email: paul.radich@cliftonchambers.co.nz

Region: Wellington

Practice issues: AML ethical matters (Barristers only please) such as privilege and confidentiality concerning making suspicious activity reports and surrounding ethical issues


Chris Robertson

Firm: Brittens
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 6 356 7122
Email: chris@brittens.co.nz

Region: Wellington/Manawatu

Practice area: civil litigation, company/commercial, intellectual property, lending activities, mediation, trusts & estates
Practice issues: problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical issues, using an alternate/attorney


David Roughan

Firm: Northlaw
Role: Sole Practitioner
Phone: +64 9 435 2261
Mobile: 027 440 2105
Email: david@norlaw.co.nz

Region: Northland

Practice area: bank/finance, company/commercial, lending activities, property, rural law, selling real estate, trusts & estates
Practice issues: financial problems, trust account problems, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, lawyers complaints service costing


Craig Ruane

Firm: CM Ruane - Barrister
Role: Barrister
Phone: +64 3 366 3458
Email: craig.ruane@gmail.com

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: civil litigation, criminal
Practice issues: partnership issues, chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues


Simon Shamy

Firm: Simon Shamy Barrister
Role: Barrister
Phone: +64 3 365 8566
Email: sjshamy@bridgesidechambers.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: civil litigation, criminal, family, insurance, intellectual property
Practice issues: financial problems, trust account problems, employment issues, partnership issues, chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying


Michael Singleton

Firm: Christchurch International Airport Limited
Role: Employee 
Phone: +64 3 353 7046
Mobile: 021 225 6794
Email: michael.singleton@cial.co.nz

Region: Christchurch

Practice areas: Bank/Finance, Company/Commercial. In-house counsel, Property
Practice issues: Employment (employee/employer), Partnership issues, Ethical issues


David Sparks

Firm: Baywide Community Law Service
Role: Employee
Phone: +64 7 308 6817
Email: david@baywidecls.org.nz

Region: Bay of Plenty

Practice area: employment, mediation
Practice issues: financial problems, tax problems, employment issues, partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), workplace bullying


Christopher Tennet

Firm: Chris Tennet Barrister
Role: Barrister
Phone: +64 4 471 1952
Mobile: 021 626 878
Email: admin@just-ice.net.nz

Region: Wellington

Practice area: administrative/public, civil litigation, criminal, family, immigration, insurance, intellectual property
Practice issues: employment issues, partnership issues, chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical issues, workplace bullying


David Towle

Firm: Bruce Dell Law
Role: Employee
Phone: +64 9 570 5036
Email: david@brucedell.co.nz

Region: Auckland

Practice area: civil litigation, intellectual property, mediation, property
Practice issues: financial problems, trust account problems, employment issues, partnership issues, chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations, office management, ethical issues, workplace bullying, using an alternate attorney


Mark von Dadelszen

Firm: Bannister & von Dadelszen
Role: Consultant (employee)
Phone: +64 6 870 7820
Email: Mark.vondadelszen@bvond.co.nz

Region: Hawkes Bay

Practice area: civil litigation, resource management, alternative dispute resolution, not-for-profit law

Practice issues: financial problems, employment issues, partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations, office management, ethical issues


Fiona Wakefield

Firm: Fiona Wakefield
Role: Sole Practitioner
Phone: +64 3 357 8995
Email: fiona@fwlaw.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: administrative/public, health
Practice issues: partnership issues, acknowledgement of limitation (saying no), office management


Martin Wall

Firm: Bannister and von Dadelszen
Role: Employee
Phone: +64 6 870 7820
Email: martin.wall@bvond.co.nz

Region: Hawkes Bay

Practice areas: family
Practice issues: chambers issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), office management, ethical issues


Richard Walton

Firm: Timpany Walton
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 3 687 7126
Email: richardw@timpanywalton.co.nz

Region: Canterbury

Practice area: bank/finance, company/commercial, property, rural law, tax, trusts & estates
Practice issues: tax problems, trust account problems, partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, ethical issues


Peter Wetherall

Firm: Carruthers and Wetherall
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 3 768 7454
Email: p.wetherall@xtra.co.nz

Region: Canterbury-Westland

Practice areas: criminal, family, property
Practice issues: financial problems (personal/firm related), employment issues (employee/employer), partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical issues, workplace bullying


Katherine Wilmott

Role: Barrister and solicitor
Phone: +64 3 260 4777
Email: katherine@kwlegal.nz

Region: Rangiora

Practice issues: AML ethical matters such as privilege and confidentiality concerning making suspicious activity reports and surrounding ethical issues


Michelle Woods

Firm: WinterWoods Lawyers
Role: Partner
Phone: +64 6 357 3563
Email: michelle@winterwoods.co.nz

Region: Manawatu

Practice area: family
Practice issues: partnership issues, problem clients/files/judges, acknowledgement of limitations (saying no), ethical issues


Last updated on the 22nd November 2018