Our Team

Bill Jones

Director

Bill Jones graduated from Auckland University in 1981 and joined Hamerton Chappell Dumbill and Moore in Whakatane later that year after moving back to his “home town” with wife Carmel.

b [dot] jones [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: k [dot] clay [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz
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Brian Carter

Director

Brian joined the team at Hamertons in 1987 after completing his Law degree at Otago University.

Brian supervises a team of six legal staff and is also responsible for trust account administration as the firms “Trust Account Partner”.

reception [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: a [dot] spanhake [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz
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Steve Franklin

Director

After growing up in Hamilton and obtaining degrees in both Law and Social Sciences at Waikato University, Steve moved to Whakatane and commenced practise with Hamertons in 2002.  He has been a partner of the firm since May 2005.

s [dot] franklin [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: t [dot] stuart [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz
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Angela Kershaw

Director

Angela heads Hamertons’ Family Law team.  Angela studied law at Waikato University and then moved to Whakatane to commence practise as a Family Lawyer in 2005.

a [dot] kershaw [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: r [dot] fairbrother [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz
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Jude Wilson

Director

Jude Wilson initially joined Hamertons in February 2004 as a Law Clerk after having been a primary school teacher.  Jude undertook study by correspondence to qualify as a Legal Executive and completed her studies in October 2006. In 2008 Jude began a Law degree through the University of Waikato, which she completed in June 2011.  She was admitted to the bar in March 2012.  Following her admission to the Bar she moved into a Staff Solicitor role and was made a Director on 1 April 2016.

j [dot] wilson [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: a [dot] haycock [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz
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Lisa Ebbers

Lawyer

Lisa joined the Hamertons litigation team in 2014.  She was admitted to the Bar at the Hamilton High Court in 2011, and following admission went on to complete her Master’s in Law at The University of Waikato in 2012.  Lisa spent 2 years working in the District Court and Family Court environments in Palmerston North and Tauranga, before moving to Whakatane in 2014.  Lisa has also held an in-house legal role in Wellington.

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Heather Tucker

Lawyer

Heather joined Hamertons in August 2014 after moving to Ohope from Auckland. Heather graduated from the University of Auckland in 2010 with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and also holds a Commerce degree from the same University.  She was admitted to the Bar in August 2011.

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Nicole Gordon

Lawyer

Nicole joined the Hamertons Team in July 2016.  Nicole graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts Conjoint in 2011 and was admitted to the Bar in March 2012.  After graduating Nicole worked for a number of years in various Specialist Tribunals within the Ministry of Justice.

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Katie Sutherland

Lawyer

Katie graduated from Waikato University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree and was admitted to the Bar at the Tauranga High Court in July 2013.

Katie commenced her legal career with Hamertons in May 2013 and following her O.E to the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Europe during 2015, Katie returned to Hamertons in 2016.

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Saraya Ngatai

Lawyer

Saraya is of Ngati Awa, Ngati Porou, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngai Tahu descent.

Saraya obtained conjoint degrees in Law and Social Sciences (Psychology) from the University of Waikato.  She graduated in 2012 and spent the next two years immersed in Māori Land Law at the Waikato Maniapoto Māori land court, an area of law about which she is very passionate.

s [dot] ngatai [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: m [dot] bain-bakker [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz
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Steven Stebbings

Lawyer

Steven Stebbings joined Hamertons in June 2015. Steven completed a Business degree at Massey University before moving to Hamilton to complete a law degree at the University of Waikato.  Following Steven’s studies he was admitted to the New Zealand High Court as a Barrister and Solicitor.

s [dot] stebbings [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: k [dot] clay [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz
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Kyla Johansen

Lawyer

Kyla Johansen graduated from the University of Waikato in 2014 and following her admission to the bar in 2015 joined Hamertons as a staff solicitor, therefore fulfilling her desire to return to her home town of Whakatane after an absence of over 20 years.

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Sophie Craig

Lawyer

Sophie joined the Hamertons team in April 2015. Sophie was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in Hamilton later that year after completing her studies at the University of Otago.

s [dot] craig [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz | Secretary: a [dot] haycock [at] hamertons [dot] co [dot] nz
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Gemma Benge

Lawyer

Gemma was born and raised in Ohope Beach and attended Whakatane High School. Gemma spent five years in Wellington, where she graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts. Following this, Gemma joined Hamertons Lawyers in January 2016. Gemma was admitted to the Bar in the Auckland High Court in September 2016.

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Dawn Timmins

Legal Executive

Dawn has almost 30 years legal experience, and was admitted to the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives in 1994. She specialises in the fields of conveyancing; property law; commercial and company law; and estates, wills and trusts;

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Megan Van Westbrook

Legal Executive

Megan qualified as a Legal Executive in 1986 after undertaking two years part time study at Auckland Technical Institute and for the past ten years has been a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives.  Megan works independently and is part of Brian Carter’s team.  For over 20 years Megan has been based in our Kawerau office.

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Cath Paora

Legal Executive

Cath Paora is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives with over twenty five years experience in the legal profession in Whakatane.

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