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Knapps Lawyers Amanda Crehan

Amanda Crehan

Managing Partner

Amanda emigrated to Nelson in 2014 after 15 years as a Partner in a large regional law firm in the UK and is qualified to practice both in the UK…

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Knapps Lawyers Gerard Praat

Gerard Praat

Partner

Gerard is very much the family man having spent the last 25 odd years raising his three strapping lads with wife, Megan. With the boys recently flying the coop, Gerard…

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Knapps Lawyers Jacintha Atkinson

Jacintha Atkinson-Manson

Partner

A true Southern Girl, Jacintha completed the majority of her schooling in Invercargill, graduating in December 2009 from the University of Otago having completed a double degree in Law and…

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Knapps Lawyers Gary Stocker

Gary Stocker

Partner

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…

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Knapps Lawyers Joe Sims

Joe Sims

General Manager

Believe it or not, Joe is the second ex-policeman to have made it onto our payroll – now this is not a statistic that may make the Guiness Book of…

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Knapps Lawyers Michael Stocker

Michael Stocker

Senior Associate (Commercial)

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…

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Knapps Lawyers Louise Walsh

Louise Walsh

Senior Associate (Commercial)

Louise Walsh isn’t just an accomplished legal advisor, she’s also a trusted business advisor. As our Commercial team Senior Associate, Louise thrives on helping business owners get the basic legal…

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Knapps Lawyers Kelly Hymers

Kelly Hymers

Associate (Litigation)

Kelly is our employment law extraordinaire. Practicing since 2008, Kelly is our in-house expert at everything from employment agreements and processes to mediations and appearing in the Employment Relations Authority…

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Knapps Lawyers Max Palzer

Max Palzer

Solicitor (Property)

Max was lucky enough to grow up in the top of the south after his parents immigrated from Germany in 1988. The first port of call was Kaiteriteri before moving…

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Knapps Lawyers Hannah McMullan

Hannah McMullan

Solicitor (Commercial)

Hannah McMullan is new to our Nelson office fresh from Christchurch, and as a recent graduate, has wasted no time jumping headfirst into her role here at Knapps. Also qualified…

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Knapps Lawyers Sara Clelland

Sara Clelland

Associate (Property)

Sara is one of our local girls and hails from Motueka where she was born, schooled and where she still resides with her husband and their two children. When in…

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Hamish Kennedy

Consultant (Property)

Hamish is the founding partner of our office in Motueka having set up Kennedy & Associates in 1985. In October 2013, Hamish merged his firm with Knapps Lawyers giving the…

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Ian Turner

Consultant (Trusts)

Ian is our family trust guru and is regarded as one of Nelson’s leading specialists in this area. Over the years he has also developed a considerable commercial practice and…

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Knapps Lawyers Nick Moore

Nick Moore

Consultant (Trusts)

Practicing law runs deep through Nick’s family tree. As a fourth-generation lawyer with over 40 years of legal practice under his belt, Nick has an impressive range of expertise in…

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Mervyn Huston

Consultant (Estates)

Although Merv has retired from full-time active service at Knapps, he is still ‘on board’ and giving advice to our Estates team. As one of Nelson’s most experienced lawyers in…

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Knapps Lawyers Marie Austin

Marie Austin

Associate - Estates Planning & Administration

Marie Austin is the powerhouse team leader of our Asset Planning & Estate team. Believe it or not, one Will does not suit all circumstances. At Knapps, Marie focuses her…

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Shelley Conlon

Legal Executive (Estates)

You know you’re in good hands when you work with Shelley. As a senior member of our Estates & Trusts team, Shelley knows that no two estates are the same.…

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Knapps Lawyers Christine Allison

Christine Allison

Legal Executive (Property)

Christine's youthful appearance belies the fact that she is officially a “Nana” and claims looking after her grandchildren and spending time with them is the best fun out there! Equally…

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Knapps Lawyers Kirsty Goodall

Kirsty Goodall

Legal Executive (Property)

This is one lady you wouldn’t pick for spending her weekends on the track and competing in motor sport…..but trust us, she does!!!! Kirsty has one big attraction to bikes…

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Knapps Lawyers Bronwyn Lane

Bronwyn Lane

Legal Executive (Subdivisions)

Bronwyn Lane knows how to get stuff done. As our Nelson office’s devoted legal executive, she reliably knows who to contact, how they work, what needs doing, and which strings…

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Knapps Lawyers Alison Macbeth

Alison Macbeth

Legal Executive (Estates)

Alison has worked internationally in the financial industry before making her way to legal, a journey that has proven her to be very knowledgeable when it comes to working in…

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Knapps Lawyers Berny Chamberlain

Berny Chamberlain

Legal Clerk (Property)

Berny is well-practiced in multiple aspects of law thanks to her 20-odd years in the industry. From trusts and wills to environmental law and conveyancing, she has been a personal…

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Knapps Lawyers Sarah Clements

Sarah Clements

Legal Clerk (Estates)

Sarah has a rich professional history that has taken her far and wide before bringing her valuable skill set here to the Estates team at Knapps. She spent 20 years…

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