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Rebecca works with the conveyancing team at Linwood Law. She joined Linwood Law in June 2019 and is currently studying towards her Diploma in Legal Executive Studies. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and friends, music and singing and enjoys reading a good book.
Jill Forde (Associate) is our senior legal executive, and has been with us since 2006 and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. Jill previously worked in the banking industry, focusing on the lending area, for 16 years.
Jill works mainly in residential conveyancing and has extensive experience working with first home buyers and heads up our Conveyancing Team. Having worked in this area for a number of years Jill enjoys building a long-term relationship with her clients.
Jill is an independent councillor for the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives and is the Treasurer for the Institute. Jill assists in an advisory role on the local Canterbury Southern Districts Branch committee of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. Jill has an interest in presenting at local schools promoting legal executives as a career choice.
Outside work Jill likes gardening, dining out, travelling with her partner and spending time with her two wonderful grandchildren.
Letitia leads our Legal Aid team and works in Family Law, which includes parenting, family violence, and Oranga Tamariki matters. Letitia is passionate about family law and strives to achieve the best outcomes for her clients. Letitia’s experience has been recognised by her inclusion on the court-appointed Lawyer for Child list.
She joined Linwood Law in 2017 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Te Reo Maori. Letitia was admitted to the Bar in March 2016 and was appointed as an Associate on 1 April 2022.
Danielle is the Office Manager and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer here at Linwood Law and joined the team in March 2016 after completing her Certificate 5 in Business Management.
Danielle handles the general operations here at Linwood Law working alongside the Directors she coordinates our events, advertising and marketing, health and safety and also organises our charitable contributions to the local schools and community.
In her spare time Danielle enjoys cooking for her family, baking with her children and lots of camping holidays.
Courtney graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations in 2011. After working in restaurant management for many years she returned to university to finish her Law degree and graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Law in 2018.
Courtney joined our Legal Aid team as a law clerk in December 2018 and has been working as a solicitor since being admitted to the bar in June 2019 and was appointed as an associate on 1 April 2023. Courtney practices all areas of Family Law and has a particular interest in Relationship Property, and Surrogacy and Adoption.
Out of work Courtney enjoys baking, Aerial Arts and spending time with her family.
Michiko Takaoka graduated from Canterbury University and has been in practice as a solicitor in Christchurch since 2011.
Her main area of practice is property and commercial law, immigration, wills, estate administration, Enduring Power of Attorney, Relationship Property.
Her main languages are English and Japanese. Michiko is available to translate Japanese to English for client attendances and documentation.
Bio to come.
Aaron joined the Linwood Law team in February 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Law at the University of Canterbury in 2016. Aaron completed his professional studies in early 2017. He was admitted to the Bar in October 2017 and was appointed as an associate on 1 April 2023.
Aaron is part of the Legal Aid team and specialises in Family Law.
Gemma first completed a Bachelor of Commerce, and then worked in the adventure tourism sector in New Zealand, Canada, and the UK. Upon returning to New Zealand, Gemma spent over 10 years working for the Department of Conservation in a variety of roles, including a secondment as Private Secretary for the Minister of Conservation.
Inspired to study law, Gemma returned to university in 2020 and completed her Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2022 while also working part-time for Linwood Law.
Gemma took the summer off to walk Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. She re-joined the Linwood Law team in April 2023 and is looking forward to being admitted to the Bar later this year.
Harris joined the Linwood Law team in 2017 as a Legal Assistant and Deeds Clerk.
He assists Jerome with all aspects of his immigration and commercial law practice. His work includes drafting documents, submitting online applications, and liaising with clients.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and playing chess. He is also a keen follower of sports, particularly football and rugby league.
Barbara has over 35 years of experience working in a legal and administrative environment. Barbara assists with court documentation, telephone assistance, and administration throughout the office.
In her spare time, Barbara likes spending time with her family and knits for family and friends. A keen follower of the All Blacks Barbara also enjoys time-out in the garden, cooking, and baking.
Jamie joined the team in 2019 and he specialises in timeshare conveyancing and assisting Gerry with relationship property clients.
In his spare time, Jamie enjoys camping, hiking and getting outdoors with his partner and friends.
Krissy is the Receptionist at Linwood Law.
She joined the team in August 2020 and has a background in Customer Service and Reception for over 6 years.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family and going on walks with her partner and dog.
Eden graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws in 2017, and was admitted to the bar in mid-2018. She then spent a year back in her hometown of Murchison, working at a different kind of bar and enjoying being closer to her family.
After moving back to the city, Eden joined our Legal Aid team in February 2020. She is looking forward to developing experience and knowledge in all areas the team covers.
Outside of work, Eden enjoys make-up artistry, jigsaw puzzles, spending time with her friends, and being a devoted cat-aunt to Dottie and Alfredo.
Ginny joined Linwood Law in 2021 as our Trust Account Manager and also assists with Estate administration and distributions. Ginny’s previous Trust Account administration experience was with a firm in Dunedin and has over 10 Years’ experience in trust account administration and management.
Outside of work Ginny loves spending time with her kids and getting out on her horses.
Angela joined us here at Linwood Law in April 2017, originally from Invercargill it was there that she worked as a Family and District Court Registrar before moving on to the insurance industry.
Angela has worked in a legal environment for over 29 years and now works in our property division.
Outside of Linwood Law Angela enjoys sailing at the weekends and is learning to speak Italian.
Sarah joined the team in 2014 and has over 6 years’ experience in the property and conveyancing field.
Sarah is a part of our conveyancing team and is able to assist clients with property matters.
Out of the office Sarah is kept busy with her 2 young daughters.
Hannah completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics at the University of Otago in 2015. She worked as a law clerk/solicitor in Dunedin for a year before joining our firm in Christchurch.
Hannah is part of the legal aid team and works in the areas of Family and Employment Law.
Hannah’s other interests include reading, skiing and travel.
Olivia joined Linwood Law in 2016 after completing her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Pharmacology and Bachelor of Laws, having completed her final part of her legal studies on exchange in England.
Olivia deals primarily with conveyancing, commercial, wills, trusts, enduring powers of attorney and immigration.
James joined the Linwood Law team in April 2017 after completing his studies at the University of Canterbury in 2015.
During his time at University James obtained a Double Bachelor’s degree in Law and Arts and completed his professional studies in early 2016. James was admitted to the Bar in October 2017.
James forms part of our commercial and conveyancing team and also assists in matters involving wills, trusts and estate administration.
In James’ spare time he is an avid outdoorsman who frequently takes to the Canterbury High Country to pursue his passion for hunting and photography. He also enjoys diving, fishing and aviation.
Gerry Deacon (Associate) has been qualified to practise as a lawyer in New Zealand since February of 2006. Prior to that Gerry practised as a lawyer in Canada for 18 years. Gerry has a broad background in family law, civil litigation, estates, and corporate commercial work.
The focus of his legal practice now is family law, with a particular emphasis on relationship property matters. Gerry also helps clients with estate work and estate litigation and is a trained collaborative law practitioner. Find out more about this different approach to dispute resolution at collaborativelaw.org.nz.
Paulette Cavanagh (Director) graduated from Canterbury University before moving to Hawera, South Taranaki where she practised law for a number of years before returning to the South, to practice law in Ashburton. Having joined Linwood Law in 2016 as an Associate Paulette became a partner on 1 October 2017, her main area of practice is now commercial and property law however she is also able to assist in the field of trust and estate law.
Peter Richardson (Consultant) has been in practice in Dunedin and Christchurch since 1987. He was previously a partner in a larger Christchurch firm and then left legal practice for 2 years to work as a senior executive in a large property management and development company. Peter specialises in commercial and property law and also has extensive experience in the field of trust law and practice.
Jerome Williamson (Director) has been in practice as a lawyer in Christchurch since February 1987. He has had a broad range of experience in property and commercial law as well as civil litigation, employment and education law. From 2000 to 2006, Jerome was a partner in a specialist immigration law firm.
In late 2006, he left to return to more general practice. Jerome maintains his interest in immigration law. He is a member of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment and was for three years a director of that organisation.
Aileen moved to Christchurch from Southland in 2010 to pursue a career in law. Aileen joined Linwood Law in January 2017 and leads the Family Law Legal Aid team. The team also cater to clients seeking assistance with employment matters. Outside of Legal Aid Family Law Aileen also attends to Surrogacy and Non-Legal Aid Family Law matters including Relationship Property. Having brought with her a vast range of life-skills, Aileen is able to draw on her experience to find solutions to otherwise difficult issues.
Aileen also enjoys time with her family, gardening, cake decorating and finding treasures for their burgeoning book collection. Aileen also volunteers at Community Law and has tutored management, commerce, and criminal justice at the University of Canterbury.
Alison King (Associate) graduated from Otago University in 1980 having been born and educated in Dunedin. Before joining Linwood Law in 2015 Alison had her own practice focusing on a wide variety Family Court work.
Alison’s main area of practice remains Family Law and acting in a wide variety of Family Court proceedings. Alison is also a Court appointed lawyer for child.
Sheree has been here at Linwood Law since February 2010. She is the Trust Accountant and is also a part of our conveyancing team. Sheree assists Peter Richardson with residential and commercial conveyancing.
Outside of work Sheree enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and watching a wide range of sports.
Vanessa is the Administration Assistant here at Linwood Law. She joined the team in November 2017 as our receptionist. Outside of work Vanessa loves spending time with her children and is kept busy with all of their afterschool activities.
Mike joined Linwood Law in 2018. After recently working in Resource Management law for a large Christchurch firm, Mike is excited to be back working in a busy suburban firm where every day brings a new challenge and something different. Mike had a previous career as a geologist working in New Zealand and Australia, so he brings a different perspective to help his clients resolve their legal issues.
Mike works primarily in commercial law and conveyancing but also is involved in Wills, Trusts, and Estates.
In his off time, Mike enjoys (some) exercise, movies and plotting his next trip with his family. He is also learning to enjoy having two teenage daughters who are not afraid to have their say.
Arabella completed her Bachelor of Law in 2018 at the University of Canterbury. She joined Linwood Law at the end of 2018 as part of the Legal Aid team and works in the areas of Family and Employment Law.
Outside of work, Arabella keeps busy with her three horses which she competes around the South Island within show jumping.
She is also an active member in her community and is the Chairwoman of the Waimakariri District Council’s Youth Council. She also enjoys Road Trips, Exploring the different cuisines Christchurch has to offer and going to the movies.
Terri Cleghorn bio to come.
Naoka graduated from Canterbury University and prior to joining Linwood Law worked in Auckland specialising in property and immigration law for 5 years.
Naoka works alongside Paulette and Peter with conveyancing matters and in her spare time she enjoys cooking and baking, finding new cafés and restaurants around Christchurch and spending quality time with family and friends.
Isaac completed his Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Professional Legal Studies in 2021. He joined Linwood Law in January 2022 as a Law Clerk and is now a Solicitor.