Our People

East Brewster Lawyers - Building stronger communities since 1913

Helen Nathan


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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.

Curtis Bidois


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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.

Jackie McCullough


Jackie spent a number of years working for a medium law firm in Auckland and has been a prosecutor and legal advisor within government law enforcement agencies. Jackie provides advice on matters relating to all aspects of commercial and employment law.

Michael O'Hagan


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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.

Courtney Sinclair

Law Clerk

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.

TzeHui (Jasylin) Teo

Law Clerk

Jasylin graduated from University of Reading, England, but calls Rotorua home. Jasylin is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. She works predominately on residential conveyancing matters and has a strong interest in immigration and employment law. With us, she is working through the conversion paper requirements to be able to practice as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

Emeryn Tagimacruz

Registered Legal Executive

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 Matthews

Legal Secretary

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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 Shultz

Legal Secretary

Wendy is a Legal Secretary who has worked in firms in Auckland before moving to Rotorua in 2015. Wendy works with Helen Nathan, Curtis Bidois, Jackie McCullough and Courtney Sinclair, assisting with commercial and Maori Land Court litigation matters, as well as some Estate work.