Our People

We are passionate about delivering the best possible service for all of our clients. We are here to protect your interests and act on your behalf to ensure your rights are upheld.

We love what we do and cherish the fact that no two days are the same – no challenge is too big for us! We're an experienced team, with a combined 45+ years in the legal field, so you will be in capable hands.

It’s important to us that you feel comfortable around us – we will treat you like family, and we want you to do the same. We’re in this for the long haul!

Find out more about the people of Robinson Law :

Suzanne started Robinson Law in Whakatāne in 1995 after she moved to Ōhope from Rotorua. She and her husband love Ōhope Beach and wanted to make the most of the beautiful coastal lifestyle and to raise their family there.

Over the years, Suzanne has gained a lot of experience in a range of legal areas, including family law, property and commercial law. She has been receiving court appointments as a Lawyer for Child for over 20 years and is also on the panel of Family Court Mediators.

With two children of her own, and owning her own business, Suzanne is committed to providing a balance of high quality professional legal service with a sense of approachability and intertwined family values. She has been on the Board of Trustees of her children’s schools for many years.

To contact Suzanne email suzanne@rl.co.nz

After four years, Suzanne sought to expand the practice, and on-board came Pete in 2000. Pete is a father of four children – so easily aligns himself to the family ethos of Robinson Law.

Pete gets a great deal of enjoyment from working with his clients to achieve the best outcomes possible. He strives to offer guidance, prevention, and protection when needed, whether it’s regarding family, personal, business or property matters.

He enjoys a varied workload and has wide general practice experience, from Family Law (he is also an experienced lawyer for child), Powers of Attorney, Estates and Wills, Employment and commercial/business law, property transactions, subdivisions, Māori land and Trusts. In fact, the only field of law that he doesn't have much involvement in anymore is criminal work.

Pete is one of Robinson Law’s resident athletes. He enjoys taking part in many of the community events  – such as Toi’s Challenge and Monty’s Revenge.

To contact Pete email pete@rl.co.nz

Helen first started working in reception at Robinson Law over 10 years ago, but she is now a registered legal executive with associate status from the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. Helen worked hard studying extramurally for four years to gain her legal executive diploma in 2009.

Helen works mostly in the estates and conveyancing areas, but she enjoys working in other areas when required.

Outside of Robinson Law, Helen is married and has three adult children; she and her husband are lucky enough to live on a beautiful lifestyle block in Thornton, keeping her busy in her spare time.

To contact Helen email helen@rl.co.nz

 

Carol joined the Robinson Law team in July, 2011. You may come across her in reception where she is always busy offering support for clients, and taking care of their accounts, as well as other general administration.

Carol is also responsible for opening files, and the filing and recording of our deeds.

Margot joined the Robinson Law team in September 2010 and is an important member of our Adminstration team; she is our Office and Accounts Clerk.

Margot works closely with the Family Law Team helping with Legal Aid, Family Legal Advice Service (FLAS) and also takes care of archiving. 

 

 

 

Natalie joined our firm in June 2015 after moving to Whakatāne. Prior to this Natalie spent 6 years in a South Taranaki firm.
Natalie graduated from the University of Waikato with conjoint degrees in law and arts, majoring in political science.  Natalie specialises in family law, including care of children, guardianship, CYFS proceedings, adoption, paternity, domestic violence, relationship property and the new family justice system. Natalie is a Level 2 family legal aid provider. Natalie also has experience in criminal, (including limited licences) duty lawyer and employment matters and is a legal aid provider in all these areas.
Natalie is a strong advocate and is focused on achieving the best results for her clients. Natalie will be volunteering at our local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Outside of work Natalie is kept busy with her two young sons, enjoying the beaches and outdoor lifestyle Whakatāne has to offer.

To contact Natalie email natalie@rl.co.nz

Emily graduated from Otago University in 2013 with an LL.B and a B.A. in geography and Japanese. She volunteered in Samoa through VSA and then was a Judges’ clerk at the Tauranga District Court for two years. She joined Robinson Law in August 2016 and continues her studies in Te Reo Māori. Emily is focusing on family and related areas of law. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading and relaxing.

To contact Emily email emily@rl.co.nz

Jeremy is the most recent addition to our team and was admitted to the Bar in December 2016. He graduated in July 2016 from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics. Jeremy is excited to be working at Robinson Law and is looking forward to developing his legal skills so he can provide clients with the best possible advice. In his spare time Jeremy enjoys skiing, spending time with his friends and relaxing.

To contact Jeremy email jeremy@rl.co.nz

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