Helen has been a partner, and now director, in the commercial and property team at East Brewster since 1998. She has a particular interest in advising Maori trusts and Incorporations on matters ranging from structure and governance to commercial and property development transactions. Helen regularly provides specialist advice in respect of corporate structuring, commercial contracts, finance and securities, business acquisition and restructuring, employment, trusts and estate planning. Helen is also honorary solicitor to a number of local not for profit organizations. Helen was a founding trustee of the Geyser Community Foundation.
As a director Curtis takes responsibility for a number of areas relating to Maori land law and the interests of Trusts and Maori Incorporations created pursuant to Te Ture Whenua Maori Act. He is a trained mediator and civil litigation specialist with experience in the District Court, High Court, Maori Land Court, Maori Appellate Court and Waitangi Tribunal. Curtis also works closely with our commercial team to advise clients in relation to commercial development of Maori Land and Maori Fisheries Act matters. Curtis is also available to act as independent mediator for dispute resolution and has acted as court appointed mediator for the Maori Land Court.
Michael is a Solicitor focusing on commercial and property law. After graduating from Victoria University, Michael worked for a District Council and then a law firm in Whakatane before making the move to Rotorua. In his spare time Michael enjoys playing and watching football, reading and the outdoors.
Dharmen graduated with a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington in 2010. He started practising Law in 2012. Dharmen joined East Brewster Lawyers in August 2017, having worked for a local medium sized firm as a general litigator. He has experience advising clients in the areas of Family Law (Relationship Property Matters such as Separation Agreements and Prenuptial Agreements), Applications for Appointment of Property Manager and Welfare Guardian, Employment Law, Insolvency Law, Maori Land Law, Estate Litigation and Immigration Law. He has appeared in Family Court, District Court, Employment Court, Maori Land Court and High Court on behalf of clients. Dharmen also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and has worked as a macro economist and a Business Analyst before studying law.
Courtney is a graduate from Victoria University of Wellington with a LLB and a BA majoring in Criminology. She was born and raised in Rotorua and is currently completing her studies for admission to the Bar. Courtney works predominately with Estates and Wills.
Karissa graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1998 with a BA majoring in Maori Studies and then went on to obtain an LLB in 2005. Karissa has spent the majority of her working career within a number of government agencies. On joining East Brewster Karissa has started working in the areas of Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Leases and Trusts and looks forward to including Financing, Residential Conveyancing and Occupational licences.
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Emeryn worked as a Legal Executive in Christchurch before joining East Brewster in January 2017. She is also a qualified lawyer from the Philippines and a licenced Immigration Advisor in New Zealand. Outside work, Emeryn spends most of her time taking care of her two daughters.
Lynette is a Senior Legal Secretary working with Michael O’Hagan and Jasylin Teo on Property, Financing and Conveyancing matters. Lynette has many years’ experience working in these areas.
Wendy is a Legal Secretary who has worked in firms in Auckland before moving to Rotorua in 2015. Wendy works with Helen Nathan and Curtis Bidois on Commercial and Maori Land Court matters.
Donna is a legal secretary who has previously worked as clerical support for the Legal Aid office in Rotorua and prior to that she worked for a number of years as a Debt Officer at IRD here in Rotorua. Donna works with Courtney Sinclair and Dharmen Prasad.