Colin Milham

Partner LLB

Colin graduated from Victoria University in 1974 and has been working at Horsley Christie since 1976.

Colin has a down to earth approach to life, he is organised and efficient. He’s willing to put in the extra effort when required and is focused with a “can do attitude”.

As well as areas listed below, Colin also specialises in Development of Forestry Syndicates and Acquisitions by Overseas Investors.

Colin likes to escape the office to play a round of golf and enjoys recreational sailing and fishing.

 

Email: colinm@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 347 6653

Assistant

Karen Cosford

Specialties

Commercial and Corporate Law Electricity and gas Industry Property Law Trusts Law Health Law Mergers and Acquisitions

John Unsworth

Partner LLB

John was born in Clyde, grew up in Blenheim and obtained his law degree from Canterbury University in 1984.

John joined Horsley Christie Brown & Co in 1984 and practised in conveyancing and property law before joining the litigation team in 1986.  In the 30 years since,  John has involved himself in criminal, civil, commercial, medical, insurance, ACC, Maori-land, medico-legal and commercial litigation.

He now specialises in employment, civil, Maori land, medico-legal and commercial litigation.

John is a former Vice President of the New Zealand Law Society and President of the Whanganui Branch of the NZLS.

Other current roles :

  • Convenor Whanganui Lawyers Standards Committee
  • Member Whanganui Branch of NZLS
  • Chair Sport Whanganui
  • Chair Inspire Whanganui Trust
  • Chair Whanganui Automobile Association
  • Trustee Whanganui Community Foundation
  • Trustee Whanganui Hospice Foundation

Outside the law John enjoys cycling and football.

He is married with 3 children.

Email: johnu@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 349 2072

Assistant

Joanne Skelsey

Specialties

Family Law Relationship Property Law Civil Disputes Employment Maori Land Law Insurance Law Health Law Commercial Disputes

Peter Brown

Partner LLB

Peter graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1984.

Peter is solution orientated, honest, and reliable who believes in doing a job properly or not doing it at all.

Peter is an outdoors man who enjoys mountain biking, skiing, tramping, fishing and hunting.

Email: peterb@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 347 6653

Assistant

Maria Katene

Specialties

Commercial and Corporate Law Electricity and gas Industry Prospectus and Securities Law Maori Land Law Forestry Investment Property Law Trusts Law

Sarah Little

Partner LLB, BA, NZLSFamMed

Sarah graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2006, joining the Litigation Team at Horsley Christie that same year.

Sarah, born in Whanganui, is determined, conscientious and practical. She particularly enjoys working with families to help them to resolve disputes in an efficient, practical and child focused way.

Sarah is an accredited member of the New Zealand Law Society Panel of Mediators and approved Family Disputes Resolution Provider. She is also on the Panel of Lawyers to represent children appointed by the Family Court.

Other positions Sarah holds are,  as a Trustee on the Hospice Whanganui Board of Trustees, the St Laurences Social Services Trust Board and a Council Member of the New Zealand Law Society (Whanganui) Branch.

When not at the office, Sarah takes pleasure in spending time with family and friends, music and travel.

Email: sarahl@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 349 2072

Assistant

Joanne Skelsey

Specialties

Family Law Civil Disputes Debt Collection Employment Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Provider Family Legal Advice Service Provider

Max Restieaux

Consultant LLB

Max graduated from Otago University in Dunedin in 1965.

 

Email: maxr@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: (06) 349 0090   Fax: (06) 345 2405

Assistant

Maria Katene

Specialties

Commercial and Corporate Law Property Law Trusts Law Estate Administration Trust and Asset Planning and Protection

Michael Neil

Solicitor LLB

Michael  was born and raised in Taranaki.  He completed his legal studies at Victoria University and worked for four years as a lawyer for a Hawera firm before joining the Horsley Christie team in 2016 as a staff solicitor.

Michael’s areas of expertise are in a wide range of property matters, trusts, wills and estates and he has developed a real affinity for the first-home buyers, helping clients to buy their first home with KiwiSaver while making the whole process as stress-free as possible.  He is looking forward to building long lasting relationships with new clients and other professionals now that he is established in Whanganui.

Michael, is joined by his partner Mandy and daughter Isabella in their move to Whanganui.  Being a keen rugby player, you may find Michael on the rugby fields during the winter months or playing a social game tennis or golf in summer.

Email: michaeln@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 347 6653

Assistant

Amber Olsen

Specialties

Property Conveyancing Estate Administration Wills Family Trusts Trust and Asset Planning and Protection

Jai Stephens

Solicitor LLB BCom (Finance)

Jai was born and raised in Whanganui, moving to Christchurch to complete his legal studies.

After graduating from the University of Canterbury, Jai returned to Whanganui to take up a graduate solicitor position with Horsley Christie in April of 2017.

Jai is looking forward to practicing in his home town, getting involved in the community again and playing for his old football club during the Winter months.

Email: jais@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 347 6653

Assistant

Amber Olsen

Specialties

Property Conveyancing Estate Administration Wills Family Trusts Trust and Asset Planning and Protection

Elliot Copeland

Solicitor LLB BA

Elliot graduated from Otago University in 2016 with a LLB and BA focused on International Politics. He spent his first year abroad living in Cambodia working at the UN Assisted Khmer Rouge Trials.

On returning to New Zealand with a taste for court work,  he sought out a firm that offered a wide range of experience with a particular interest in Employment and Family Law.

Although originally from Wellington, Elliot has always had strong ties with Whanganui and joined Horsley Christie at the beginning of 2017 as part of the Litigation team with the view to helping clients to resolve difficult situations in amicable and practical ways.

When not at work Elliot enjoys soaking up the culture that Whanganui has to offer, from the artistic community and local music scene, to the international film society and then there is the beautiful native bush and reserves.  Elliot is a music enthusiast, a passionate skier and average fly fisherman.

Email: elliotc@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 349 2072

Assistant

Joanne Skelsey

Specialties

Family Law Relationship Property Law Civil Disputes Debt Collection Employment

Stephanie Bishop

Legal Executive

Stephanie, who had worked in London for 20 years and qualified as a Legal Executive in 2002, came to Whanganui with her Kiwi husband and young family in 2007.  She joined Horsley Christie and became a member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives in 2009.

Stephanie’s main areas of expertise are in residential property transactions, trust administration, wills and powers of attorney and estate administration.  She works closely with her clients to ensure they always feel comfortable with the process and that the desired results are achieved.

Email: stephanieb@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 347 6653

Assistant

Amber Olsen

Specialties

Property Conveyancing Estate Administration Wills Family Trusts Trust and Asset Planning and Protection

Graham Coker

Legal Executive

Graham joined Horsley Christie as a Legal Executive in 1981, after 14 years working with the Public Trust.

He is reliable, thorough and always strives for the best result.

Graham enjoys playing golf, fishing, gardening, friends and family.

Email: grahamc@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 345 2405

Assistant

Maria Katene

Specialties

Trusts Law Property Conveyancing Estate Administration Wills

Dennis Brown

Consultant, Notary Public LLB

Dennis graduated from Victoria University in 1956. Dennis is our most experienced team member, with over 50 years in the legal industry. He is a Notary Public.

Dennis has had many adventures over the years but one of his most intrepid journeys has been trekking in Nepal. He’s interested in a wide range of activities like woodworking and loves the outdoors.

Email: Dennisb@horsleychristie.co.nz   Phone: 06 349 0090   Fax: 06 345 2405

Assistant

Karen Cosford

Specialties

Commercial and Corporate Law Electricity and gas Industry Maori Land Law Property Law Trusts Law

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