Tricia Gibson

Tricia was previously the back bone of recently merged Napier Law.

Having obtained her Legal Executive qualification in 2005, she now specialises in Estate Administration, drafting of Wills and Residential Conveyancing. She’s the sort of person who loves to sit down for a relaxed chat with new clients and help them to easily understand the required legal process. Work is never boring because she believes everyone and every job is different. Tricia is also passionate about travelling and her extended family.

Personal Assistant

Belinda Clibborn

Contact Tricia

Email: tgibson@willislegal.co.nz
Phone: (06) 835 3229

Sonya Vallance

Born and raised in Hawke’s Bay Sonya originally worked in the banking industry.

After having two children she returned to the work force in 2001 this time in the legal profession working as a Legal Executive, primarily dealing with Trusts, conveyancing and estates. She says meeting with clients and building relationships with them is the most satisfying aspect of her job.

“I continually aim to make the legal process stress-free for my clients.”

Personal Assistant

Toni Torr

Contact Sonya

Email: svallance@willislegal.co.nz
Phone: (06) 835 3229

Tim Rutledge

In an area dominated by the ‘fairer sex’, Tim thought it was time for a change as a Butcher and put his many organisational and administrative skills into ‘legal’ practice.

With a great hands on attitude to work and life in general he brings a fresh dynamic to the team. We reckon this young man is going to carve out a niche in this law firm!

Personal Assistant

Janine Blockley

Contact Tim

Email: trutledge@willislegal.co.nz
Phone: (06) 835 3229

Michelle Hemara

Michelle is one of our newest members of the team but comes to us with a vast amount of legal experience.

After a stint in the UK she returned with her family to Hawke’s Bay and focused on building her Legal Executive career. When Michelle is not stepping clients through various legal matters, you’ll probably find her lighting up the dance floor, as she is also an experienced Salsa teacher.

Personal Assistant

Rachael Luxton

Contact Michelle

Email: mhemara@willislegal.co.nz
Phone: (06) 878 6039

Holly Mooney

Having explored South America and Europe in her twenties, Holly returned to work in the accounting industry for over 7 years. A keen foodie, Holly is often planning a menu for the next family get-together. She brings over 10 years of administrative experience with her from the trade, construction and accounting services industries, and is currently studying a Diploma in Legal Executive Studies. She enjoys meeting new clients and assisting them with their legal requirements.

Personal Assistant

Belinda Clibborn

Contact Holly

Email: hmooney@willislegal.co.nz
Phone: (06) 835-3229

Elizabeth Nash

After many years working as a Chef, Liz completed her Diploma of Conveyancing in 2019 whilst working at Taradale Law as a legal assistant and administrative support to Mary.

Liz loves the client care aspect of her job as well as the technical nature of legal work. No two working days are the same and opportunities to learn and grow is what makes her job so enjoyable.

In her spare time Liz likes cooking for/with friends and family and taking her dog Bosun on adventures around the Bay.

Trista Halford

Having been born and bred in Hawke’s Bay, Trista spent a few years in Auckland where she completed a degree in Event Management with a minor in Marketing and English Studies.

Knowing there’s no place like home, Trista returned to Napier as soon as she could and whilst waiting to graduate, a temp job in a local law firm saw her find her passion for the legal profession. She decided to throw herself back into the world of assignments and exams to become a qualified legal executive, securing a job with Taradale Law whilst she studied and graduating with her diploma in 2016. Trista’s main fields of work are residential conveyancing and estates. She particularly enjoys helping clients into their first homes and making what can seem like a very overwhelming process for young purchasers as easy as on them as possible.