Our Specialist Teams

All our legal people work in a dedicated team specialising in a particular area of law. By having these specialist legal teams, we can be assured of giving clients the right person complete with the right advice!

To find out more about each specialist team, click on the links below.

Amanda Crehan

Amanda Crehan(Richmond)

Senior Associate (Estates)

Estates Team

A recent migrant to New Zealand from the UK, Amanda has settled in our neck of the woods looking for that work/lifestyle balance and England’s loss has certainly been our gain!  With over 20 years experience as a solicitor working in UK regional law firms, Thomas Eggar and Blake Morgan LLP, Amanda brings a wealth of legal more

Nicky Grimes

Nicky Grimes(Nelson)

Senior Associate (Family)

Litigation Team

Nicky has a rose theme for two very good reasons!!! Her beloved dog is called Rosie and her property is full of roses. Gardening and walking Rosie unfortunately take a back seat to her main occupation outside of work which is “parenting” 3 teenagers and supporting their sporting activities.On the work side, more

Ian Turner

Ian Turner(Richmond)


Family Trust Team

If Ian wasn’t a lawyer, he would either be a chef, opera singer or a novelist so it is no surprise that when not at work he can be found either cooking, listening to music or reading!When in the office, he is our Family Trust guru and is now regarded as one of Nelson’s leading specialists in this area. Over the years he more

Jennie Cox

Jennie Cox(Richmond)

Family Trust Manager

Family Trust Team

Turning up for work sporting various injuries is all part of the course when you are playing indoor and outdoor netball for relaxation!!! Fortunately Jennie has another interest which isn’t so physical – cooking and developing a rather alarmingly large library of cook books!!When in the office, Jennie assists Ian with more

Gary Stocker

Gary Stocker(Nelson)


Commercial Team

The saying, ‘life is too short to drink cheap wine” is probably Gary’s mantra and backed up by a very impressive wine cellar and indepth knowledge of New Zealand and Australian wines. At the other end of the spectrum, Gary is also a European car enthusiast and owner of a Citroen 2CV Charlston – the perfect car for more

Michael Stocker

Michael Stocker(Nelson)


Commercial Team

Mobile, adaptable, ambitious, tech savvy and empathetic; these traits form the ethos of “Tomorrow’s Lawyers”, a philosophy that Michael embraces.  Michael welcomes the challenge of technology driven change and disruption, and is comfortable working from any location (or timezone!).  It's all about adopting whatever more

Bronwyn Lane

Bronwyn Lane(Nelson)

Registered Legal Executive

Commercial Team

Bronwyn also joined Knapps Lawyers in July 2013 as a result of the merger with Hunter Ralfe. A huge asset to Knapps, Bronwyn brought with her 29 years of legal office experience – 20 of these years include conveyancing experience. Bronwyn is now part of the Knapps’ Nelson commercial team alongside Ian and Michael but brings more

Tarryn Saville

Tarryn Saville(Richmond)

Senior Legal Clerk

Estates Team

One hot day in busy downtown Johannesburg, Tarryn woke up and decided she wanted to emigrate to New Zealand and live in Nelson. 14 months later, Tarryn arrived from South Africa complete with one husband, two cats, two suitcases and two bikes!!!   If Tarryn needed any further proof that she had made the right decision, it more

Gerard Praat

Gerard Praat(Nelson)


Litigation Team

With three boys, it is no surprise that Gerard’s life outside of work is very much centred on family and his boys’ sporting activities. As such, you will find him on various sporting fields around Nelson or even out on the marina. At summer, holiday time, you probably will not find him at all because they have all gone more

Mervyn Huston

Mervyn Huston(Richmond)

Registered Legal Executive

Estates Team

This man has always been interested in sport and has enjoyed playing golf for about as long as he has worked for Knapps! Merv picked up his first golf club in 1966 and has been a regular player ever since – so much so that he lives in spitting distance of the Nelson Golf Club! And his employment with Knapps – try 40 years more

Hamish Kennedy

Hamish Kennedy(Motueka)


Commercial Team

Hamish is the founding partner of our office in Motueka having opened up shop in High Street in 1985.  He is a well known face around Motueka and has seen the town develop over the years and seen it adjust to the changes in the horticulture industry.In October 2013, Hamish merged his practice Kennedy & Associates with more

Sara Clelland

Sara Clelland(Motueka)

Registered Legal Executive

Property Team

Sara is one of our local girls and hails from Motueka where she was born, schooled and where she now still lives with her husband. Recently she just had her second baby so her outside interests now largely revolve around spending time with her two little girls, Chloe and Katie.When in the office, Sara looks after our more

Angeline Cousins

Angeline Cousins(Richmond)

Registered Legal Executive

Property Team

It’s not every day you have an ex-police officer from the Cape Town Traffic Police Force (Mounted Patrol Police) on the payroll but that is what we have with Angie!  Fortunately for us she chose to emigrate from South Africa to England in 1999 – a move which initiated a complete change of career and kick started  her love more

Christine Allison

Christine Allison(Nelson)

Registered Legal Executive

Property Team

Despite her youthful appearance, Christine is officially a “Nana” and claims looking after her grandchildren and spending time with them is the best fun out there! Equally high on the ‘fun’ list is spending time with her immediate and extended family making Christine the consummate family girl!No wonder then that more

Tracey Buxton

Tracey Buxton(Richmond)

Practice Manager

Tracey is forever juggling her outside interests with work as with a one acre perennial garden, two horses, one dog and cat, and not forgetting one husband, keep her busy. On top of this, Tracey has just completed 4 years of study and is now a qualified animal homeopath. She hopes to specialise in skin cases in whatever spare more