I started as a consultant lawyer at Saunders & Co in November 2015, after a wide and varied 47-year legal career in the corporate and private practice areas.
Most recently I spent 20 years with a Trust company specialising in wills, trusts and estates. Among my other roles was serving as legal counsel and legal secretary for a large Canterbury food production company, looking after both its business operations and compliance requirements to various government agencies and councils. Over the years I have made many presentations on my specialist areas of practice to professional and community groups.
Although I had officially retired from law prior to starting at Saunders & Co, I was pleased to take up the opportunity to work part-time as a consultant lawyer at the firm.
As a mature person, with the wisdom of experience, and wide expertise, I am known for the empathy I show clients, particularly when settling estates. My calm demeanour, pragmatic approach and understanding of what families are going through is particularly helpful when guiding them towards a satisfactory outcome, in what can be a difficult and challenging time.
I am a past director of the Sydenham Money Club and Canterbury Building Society; and a past member of the Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Institute of Management. I am also a co-trustee of the Ngaio Marsh Charitable Trust and of a number of family trusts.