our people

Karen Venables

Director, LLB

Property and Commercial Law expert – Project Manager, Problem Solver, Director and Business Owner

Karen has significant experience in understanding the legal challenges which business owners and leaders face and is passionate about helping small to medium Taranaki businesses to access upfront and affordable legal advice.

Karen is actively involved in the community and is a Trustee of the Taranaki Life Education Trust and the Mellowpuff Charitable Trust. Karen is enthusiastic about supporting Taranaki children and families wherever she can and helps children with writing skills at Fitzroy School once a week. Karen also assists Fitzroy Surf Club and various local swimming clubs with their legal work where she can.

Outside of work, Karen enjoys spending time with her partner Tom and their young children Emilee and Samuel. She also enjoys hitting the beach, swimming, trekking (she has trekked in Nepal twice) and spending time with good friends.

DDI: 06 758 7107
Karen Venables
Cara Gelston

Cara Gelston

Director, LLB (Hons) BA

Family and Employment Law expert – Problem Solver extraordinaire, Director and Business Owner

Cara brings a pragmatic and empathetic approach to family and employment law. Cara is passionate about helping people with the best legal advice and solutions. Cara is a genuine people person who prides herself on being able to find solutions to difficult situations.

Helping others really motivates Cara and in addition to being on the Central School Board of Trustees, she is also a Trustee for Taranaki Women’s Refuge. Despite all these good things Cara doesn’t like to share cupcakes and watchout when she is hungry!

For fun, Cara likes to eat great food, read great books, drink great wine and go for long walks with friends. Cara also enjoys going on bike rides with her boys Cam and Dylan and is just getting into mountain biking and running. Cara shares a love of travelling with her husband Tim and would ideally like to live in both NZ and UK (summers of course) one day in the distant future.

DDI: 06 758 7108

Kim Edwards

Executive Assistant

Kim has returned to reside in New Plymouth after a seven year stint in Australia where she worked predominantly in family law. 

Kim has 30+ years experience working in law firms in various aspects of law over the years. 

Kim and her husband have returned home to New Plymouth to spend quality time with family and friends and to now enjoy the second best place in the world to live as voted by Lonely Planet.

Phone: 06 758 7101
Executive Assistant
Kathryn Price

Kathryn Price

Executive Assistant

Kathryn is a genuine people person who thoroughly enjoys her role in providing invaluable support to Cara and Jessica in the family law team. Kathryn is currently studying for a Legal Executive Diploma through the Open Polytechnic.

Kathryn is passionate about health and safety and manages this area for the Legal Solutions team. Not afraid of hard work, when Kathryn’s not studying, Kathryn enjoys baking, photography and DIY projects around the home. Kathryn enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her husband and two teenage children.

Phone: 06 758 7101

Ashleigh Gilmour

Executive Assistant

Currently on maternity leave, Ashleigh is a bright and energetic Executive Assistant, whose main role is to provide support to Karen to ensure everything in their property and commercial team runs smoothly. Ashleigh has worked exceptionally hard on her legal career and is currently studying for a Legal Executive Diploma through the Open Polytechnic.

Ashleigh and her husband Tim recently become new parents to a gorgeous daughter Milla.  Ashleigh also enjoys sports and socialising with friends and family.

Phone: 06 758 7101
Executive Assistant
Business Administrator

Susan Brooke

Business Administrator

Susan is responsible for keeping everything at Legal Solutions running smoothly. A talented multitasker, Susan looks after everything from accounts, administration right through to marketing and events. She’s also the super friendly face you see when you first step into the Legal Solutions office.

Susan has two beautiful daughters Millie and Pippa who love to dance and both do competitive dancing. Susan likes to keep busy and doesn’t sit still for very long. Whether its baking with her girls, being a 'dance' mum, socialising, entertaining, photography or doing DIY projects at home – she’s always planning the next activity.            

Phone: 06 758 7101

Rachel Evans

Lawyer, LLB

Commercial, Property & Employment Law

Rachel is a recent graduate from Victoria University of Wellington. While at university Rachel discovered a passion for Contract Law which focused her degree on the Commercial Law area. Prior to becoming a Lawyer Rachel worked the hospitality industry for a number of years where she enjoyed meeting lots of different people and hearing their stories.

Rachel grew up in rural Taranaki, she comes from a very large extended family. Rachel is an avid music lover and enjoys going to concerts, musical stage shows and even the odd opera. Rachel enjoys the unique lifestyle Taranaki offers and loves to spend time with family and friends.            

Phone: 06 758 7101
Commercial, Property & Employment Law
Jessica Churchman

Jessica Churchman

LLB, BA, GDipTeach

Family Law & Employment Law

Jess brings her experience in litigation, family and employment law to the team at Legal Solutions. Jess is motivated to achieve great results for clients, and breaking legal jargon down into easy to understand, accessible information. She is also passionate about being upfront with respect to fees and timeframes, and making legal advice as uncomplicated and stress-free as possible.

Also a qualified primary school teacher, Jess is passionate about the achievement of young people, and tries to be involved in any way she can with events that benefit children’s health and wellbeing.

Outside work, Jess is busy running round after her young son, Charlie, and spending quality time with her husband Joe. She enjoys being outdoors and exploring the beauty that Taranaki has to offer with her family and friends. In her free time, you can generally find her building sand castles with her son, or fishing at Oakura beach.

06 758 7101

Amanda Bound

Registered Legal Executive

Estates, Family Trusts & Wills

Amanda is a Registered Legal Executive and has worked predominantly in law since leaving school.  She is married with two adult sons.  Her legal interests are in the areas of conveyancing, estates, trusts and estate planning.

In December 2014 Amanda was appointed as a Justice of the Peace, and in March 2015 was appointed as a Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant.  Amanda has also studied Reiki and is a Level 3a Master in Reiki and Level 4 in Shamballa.  Amanda brings all these outside interests into her daily life and believes that she treats her clients with the respect and dignity they deserve.  

Amanda is currently learning the Gypsy Caravan style of dance and to Stand up Paddleboard.  In her spare time she loves to relax with a good book.

067587101
Registered Legal Executive