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The change of seasons has ushered in some exciting developments at Knapps.

First, we are delighted to announce the promotion of one of our Senior Associates to the Knapps Partnership.

Jacintha Atkinson LL.B., BA. Knapps Lawyers Jacintha Atkinson

Jacintha joined Knapps as a Senior Associate in February 2020 managing our large residential property team.  Jacintha continues to deliver on her well-established reputation as the person to see to advise on occupational right agreements for all the Retirement & Lifestyle Villages located across the region. Jacintha is also very familiar with all the new property development happening in the region and enjoys assisting clients with the purchase of land and subsequent building of their new homes.



We have also made some key appointments in our Commercial team and Estates and Trusts team.

Louise Wash L.L.B. | Senior Associate – Commercial Knapps Lawyers Louise Walsh

If the name rings a bell as being associated with Knapps Lawyers, it rings true.  Louise has worked for Knapps in the past and we are delighted to welcome her back.  

Louise brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience with over 12 years as a lawyer both in private practice in NZ and in the public sector in London for four years.

She has hands-on business experience having started up and developed a family business that went on to win business awards with the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce in 2015. Louise is experienced in property law, business sales and purchases, commercial transactions and succession planning. She enjoys helping her clients achieve their personal and business goals with practical and strategic legal advice.


Marie Austin | Team Leader Estates Planning & AdministrationKnapps Lawyers Marie Austin

We are also delighted to welcome Marie back to Knapps.  She has taken up the newly established role of Team Leader (Estates) in our Estates and Trust team.

At Knapps, she focuses her high energy and sharp organisational skills on guiding people through asset planning, probate applications, wills, and handling estates. She has a real knack for breaking down the legal process for clients into terms that are easy to understand, guides clients seamlessly and positively into the next stage, and enjoys answering questions — her motto is no question is a silly question!


Nick Moore | Consultant – Trusts Knapps Lawyers Nick Moore

Nick has been practicing law in Nelson for more than 30 years and is involved with several community organisations.

Nick specialises in trusts, property and commercial law.

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