Our People 2017-10-10T01:17:52+00:00

Our people are the heart of Gawith Burridge.

Their combination of extensive experience, enthusiasm and passion shines through.

Their wide-ranging expertise and comprehensive knowledge of local Wairarapa needs are what sets our firm apart.

Come and meet them.

BRUCE WAGG
BRUCE WAGGSENIOR PARTNER
LLB University of Otago, Dip Bus Stud (ADR) Massey , Notary Public (Admitted 1979)
p. 06 370 0000

Bruce practices in the areas of commercial and farm conveyancing, subdivisions, trusts, wills and asset planning, estates, business structures, and mediation.

 DEBBIE VAN ZYL
DEBBIE VAN ZYLPARTNER
B. Proc (S.A.) (Admitted S.A 1995, NZ 2003)
p. 06 370 0896

Areas of practice: Commercial and farm conveyancing, subdivisions, commercial & business structures, trusts, wills, estates, asset planning. Debbie is active in the community and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Masterton South.

ADAM PARKER
ADAM PARKERPARTNER
LLB Victoria University Wellington, BSc (Admitted 1997)
p. 06 370 0873

PARTNER
A graduate in 1997, Adam’s focus has developed in the areas of intellectual property, property transactions, commercial, employment, franchising, civil litigation.

JOHN (JOCK) KERSHAW
JOHN (JOCK) KERSHAWConsultant
LLB Victoria University Wellington (Admitted 1975)
p. 06 370 0880

Jock has experience in a wide range of legal practice areas – a ‘General Legal Practitioner’ with a focus on all areas of conveyancing, trusts, estates, and Maori land interests. Jock is also involved in the wider Wairarapa community as a member of several local body organisations.

SHANNON NORLING
SHANNON NORLINGASSOCIATE
LLB University of Waikato
p. 06 370 0889

Shannon qualified as a solicitor in 2005, and has previously worked in provincial legal practices in the Waikato region and Queensland. Raised in the Wairarapa, Shannon welcomes the challenges and diversity of working in a provincial law firm – a jack of all trades by nature, Shannon’s role at Gawith Burridge will see him working alongside other members of the team in all areas of general legal practice.

SONIA BANNISTER
SONIA BANNISTERSENIOR SOLICITOR
p. 06 370 0000
HELEN RADERSMA
HELEN RADERSMAREGISTERED PATENT ATTORNEY & SOLICITOR
LLB Victoria University of Wellington
PhD University of Auckland
Registered Patent Attorney (NZ)
p. 06 370 0887

Helen joined us in April 2015 after spending a number of years practising in New Zealand and overseas as a patent attorney specialising in chemical and pharmaceutical patent law. Helen has a law degree from Victoria University and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Auckland, and is a registered New Zealand patent attorney. She was admitted to the bar in 2015. Helen now works in all areas of general practice and also retains a strong interest in intellectual property law. Helen is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys.

LEAH KERSHAW
LEAH KERSHAWSENIOR SOLICITOR
LLB University of Otago
P. 06 370 0885

Leah joined us in September 2015 after returning from 2 ½ years in London. She has a law degree from the University of Otago and was admitted to the bar in 2008. Leah practiced law in Wellington for 5 years, initially in all areas of general practice and then with a focus on property and construction law . Leah now works in all areas of general practice

Dean O Leary
Dean O LearySENIOR SOLICITOR
P. 06 370 0872

Dean was admitted to the bar in 1997. Dean has previously practiced for national law firms in New Zealand together with overseas stints in Australia and the UK. Dean in the last few years has worked as senior legal counsel for a number of commercial institutions managing their litigation files. Dean enjoys dealing with and working with clients and is substantially the reason for his move back into private practice.

Christopher Williams
Christopher WilliamsSOLICITOR
LLB University of Otago
P. 06 370 0870

Christopher graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Otago in 2016 and was admitted to the bar in 2017. Born in Gisborne and raised in Southern Hawkes Bay, Christopher enjoys provincial New Zealand and looks forward to work, life and rugby in the Wairarapa. Christopher works in various areas of general practice.

Alice Trubshoe
Alice TrubshoeLEGAL EXECUTIVE
P. 06 370 0882

Alice joined us in March 2013 as a Personal Assistant. She now works as a Legal Executive at the firm, with a focus on estate administration. Alice is currently working towards completing her papers to become a Registered Legal Executive.

Kate Melville
Kate MelvilleGRADUATE
LLB, Victoria University
P. 06 370 0898

Kate joined us in May 2017 after graduating from Victoria University with a law degree. She has a background in tax but will be working in all areas of general practice. Kate is particularly interested in farm conveyancing, rural law and asset planning and is looking forward to being part of the Wairarapa community.

Kylie MooreSOLICITOR
P. 06 370 0899
GAWITH BURRIDGE SUPPORT STAFF TEAM
GAWITH BURRIDGE SUPPORT STAFF TEAM
Left to Right

Mia Riddell PA to Jock Kershaw, Leah Kershaw & Sonia Bannister | Jannah Butcher Office Junior | Dijarnn Simonsen Deeds Clerk | Jacqui Turner PA to Debbie van Zyl, Helen Radersma & Christopher Williams. | Jacqui Spooner Legal Typist |Raewyn Butler Accounts | Lynn Beveridge PA to Adam Parker, Dean O’Leary & Shannon Norling | Vicki Temple Receptionist | Kim Hunia PA to Bruce Wagg, Kylie Moore & Kate Melville | Jill Olds Accounts | Absent: Diane Chapman Legal Typist |

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