Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Whakatane District Court

Our litigation team can assist you in all dispute resolution processes to achieve the result you want in a prompt and professional matter.

We advise on:

  • Property and lease disputes
  • Commercial and contract disputes
  • Trust and estate administration disputes
  • Company and securities disputes
  • All court proceedings including leaky home claims
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Preparation for Disputes Tribunal or Tenancy
  • Employment Disputes
  • Family Protection and Relationship Property Disputes
  • ACC Reviews

Steve Franklin


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:
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Angela Kershaw


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:
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Lisa Ebbers


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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