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our people

Karen Venables

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Property & Commercial Law Expert, Co-Director & Business Owner

Karen is a highly knowledgeable, quick-witted and personable lawyer. She believes in putting people first. Karen founded Legal Solutions to ensure a truly customer-focussed and modern experience for her clients. She is highly experienced in understanding the legal challenges that business owners face, and is passionate about empowering business owners to be great leaders. Karen is an enthusiastic alumnus of the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme.

Karen is actively involved in the community, including as a Trustee of the Mellowpuff Charitable Trust. She assists Fitzroy Surf Club and various not-for-profits 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 and spending time with good friends.

Karen Venables, Property lawyer, Commercial Lawyer
Fiona Nicholson, Business Coordinator

Fiona Nicholson

Diploma Financial Services

Business Coordinator, AML/CFT Compliance Officer

A purveyor of all things quality, it is only natural Fiona has chosen a career with one of the most modern and forward thinking law firms in the region.

Dedicated to continued improvement, streamlining, and action - Fiona is the person you go to if you need to get it done... and done well. “I’m always up for a challenge, the bigger they are - the more satisfaction from the result I achieve, both in my work and personal life”.

This is clearly the case as Fiona (or Fee as she likes to be called) has achieved some crazy-big goals. One of which was riding the length of NZ on a push bike, all for the sake of charity and mental health awareness. “People often ask were there days when you just wanted to give up? Almost every day felt like that, but I had people relying on me. Not just my teammates... but all NZrs suffering from a mental illness or those affected by it. They are the ones that kept me going, who kept me motivated, and ultimately who I did it for. Accomplishing that goal was one of the most life-changing achievements of my time”.

So it only goes without saying, this is one committed individual with high ethics, morals and values, proudly representing the firm of Legal Solutions (2012) Ltd.

After all, “putting people first” is not just a firm wide moto, it’s also Fiona’s personal pledge.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He Tangata. He Tangata. He Tangata.

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Phone: 06 7587101

Amanda Bound

Registered Legal Executive

Commercial & Property, Conveyancing, Wills & Estate Administration

Amanda is an oasis of calm in a busy office. A highly experienced Registered Legal Executive, having worked in law since leaving school, she’s an expert in conveyancing, Wills, and estate planning.

Amanda is a woman for all seasons – she is a Justice of the Peace, a Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant, an advanced Reiki and Shamballa practitioner and performing dancer with Gypsophilia. Amanda brings all these outside interests into her daily life and ensures that she treats her clients with the respect and dignity they deserve.  

Amanda is happily married to Max, with two adult sons. She is currently learning to stand-up paddleboard.  In her spare time she loves to relax with a good book.

Phone: 067587101
Amanda Bound, Legal executive. Estates, Family Trusts & Wills
Ashleigh Gilmour, Legal Executive

Ashleigh Gilmour

Registered Legal Executive

Commercial & Property, Conveyancing, Subdivisions

Ashleigh is a friendly, efficient and flexible Registered Legal Executive in our Commercial team, specialising in conveyancing and subdivisions. Highly experienced, she has worked with Legal Solutions since the company’s beginnings and there aren’t many clients she doesn’t know.

Ashleigh and her husband Tim have a gorgeous young daughter Milla, who keeps them entertained and on their toes. When she can find time, Ashleigh enjoys sports, the great outdoors and socialising with friends and family.

Susan Brooke

Commercial & Property Executive Assistant

Susan, a talented multi-tasker and ray of sunshine, is a crucial member of the Commercial team working on everything from conveyancing to employment matters to business purchase. She has many years’ experience in corporate environments. Susan loves working with and assisting our clients, and enjoys the variety of work in our busy team.

Susan has two beautiful daughters, Millie and Pippa, who love to dance and dance competitively. When not being a dance mum, she loves socialising, capturing great photographs and doing DIY projects at home, including baking with the girls. She’s always planning the next activity.            

Susan Brooke, Executive Assistant
Maryanne Rossiter-Bennett, Executive Assisstant

Maryanne Rossiter-Bennett

Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Diploma in Editing

Commercial & Property Executive Assistant

A positive and energetic person, Maryanne provides efficient support to Karen and our dedicated team of Property and Commercial lawyers. She enjoys working with clients and her talented team, and the range of interesting legal work.

Maryanne loves to travel and has gained a wealth of experience across a range of industries from IT to educational publishing to African safari adventures, having spent 10 years working and exploring around the world. She brings with her a wide range of transferrable skills and a love of new challenges.

Maryanne loves living in the friendly village of Oakura with her husband, Ross, and two young daughters, Sula and Siena. She loves exploring the outdoors, beach life, great food and wine with friends and family, live performance, Spanish and Maori culture, and is an enthusiastic member of the fabulous Ladies 80's Choir. Always keen to learn, Maryanne holds a BA in Psychology, a Diploma in Editing, and is studying for a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. She has a boundless interest in people from all walks of life.

Emma Smaller

Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Arts

Family Law

Emma is an upbeat and dedicated lawyer who loves interacting with people and meeting those from all walks of life. Emma is fanatical about providing humanitarian-based legal solutions, which led her to specialise in Family Law. 

Emma is passionate about active living, health, food and travel. She loves a sunny weekend in New Plymouth, making the most of the walkways, beaches and enjoying delicious food and wine with family and friends. Emma is also a keen skier and enjoys adventures in the mountains with her partner and family.            

Emma Hamilton, Family Law Expert