Becoming senior associate in a law firm is a significant milestone. Marg Morrison and Kirsty Morris of Cameron & Co have recently achieved this status and see their promotion as recognition by their firm of their experience and achievements.
“Cameron & Co have a generous attitude to rewarding ability and commitment,” Marg and Kirsty say. “The areas of the law we specialise in are very client-focused and that is a particular emphasis for Cameron & Co as a law practice.” Marg and Kirsty both took up the law in their mid-20s after gaining life experience in other fields – Marg as a mother and a teacher, and Kirsty as a world traveller and ‘Jill of all trades’. “What we like most about being lawyers is working with people, helping them navigate through the legal issues they may have and empowering them with understanding to then make their own decisions.”
Marg works in the Riccarton office of Cameron & Co, while Kirsty is at Barrington. “The variety of work gives us great satisfaction as well. Property transactions, estate planning, wills, trusts and powers of attorney, relationship property, as well as commercial law for small businesses are our forte. It’s as if we are guiding our clients through life’s stages and that’s a real responsibility that we take seriously. You can’t rest on your laurels with the law either. It’s very dynamic and we are continually learning and refining our processes.”
You can contact Marg on 03 379 3110 and Kirsty on
03 337 0218.
Kannangara Thomson isn’t your average law firm. Formed only 10 years ago by founding partner, Stephen Kannangara, the firm has grown to be over 30 strong and occupies a modern premises at 575 Wairakei Road.
The firm enjoys a point of difference which the partners believe makes it unique among law firms in Christchurch. Rich in diverse cultures with staff from all corners of the globe, there are an astonishing ten languages spoken at the firm which, at least in part explains the firm’s by-line, ‘We speak your language’.
The by-line is also something of a play on words and intended to portray the fact that the lawyers and support staff at Kannangara Thomson break down the often complicated language of the law and explain your legal issues to you in plain English (or Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and Afrikaans to name just a few of the other languages spoken at the firm).
As well as being culturally diverse, the firm provides a wide range of legal services to its divergent client base, with lawyers specialising in business sales and purchases, commercial property transactions, investment property, residential property sales and purchases, estates, asset protection and estate planning involving the use of family trusts, wills, company law, family law and much more beyond.
The partners at Kannangara Thomson have a good grounding in the law having all served their time at much bigger law firms. Part of the ethos of the firm is that it does not wish to replicate the typical law office environment of those larger firms and, with that in mind, staff and partners are not burdened with such mundane daily tasks as time recording in six minute units or fee budgets, as is the case at almost all larger law firms.
Another factor which sets the firm apart from its larger counterparts is that once a fee range is quoted, it will very rarely be departed from, thereby giving clients certainty.
The staff at Kannangara Thomson is respected and well looked after, with occasional unexpected gifts from the partners in recognition of stellar performance, frequent morning teas, flexibility of work hours and arrangements and almost fortnightly lunches provided by the partnership. As a result, the team at Kannangara Thomson is a settled and happy one, able to function at its absolute best to provide excellent legal results for clients.
With ample off street parking available and a convenient location near the airport, the gateway to the south, the new western Belfast bypass and the motorway north, the Wairakei Road location has proven to be one which is very popular with the firm’s client base.
The team at Kannangara Thomson look forward to being part of the Canterbury legal landscape for many decades to come and assisting you with your legal needs.
The team’s focus at Pegasus Bay Law is having the passion to listen to its clients, and ensuring they are genuinely looked after.
The firm was established four years ago by two directors, community-minded born and bred Cantabrians Pam Wheeler and Robyn Loversidge. The Christchurch and Kaiapoi offices merged with Thompson and Morgan in 2015 and acquired the clients of Ian McNish Lawyer, together with his long-time receptionist, Barbara Burney.
Pam leads the conveyancing team. Having previously owned and managed her own business, she offers sound professional and practical advice. Christine Jackson was recently welcomed as an Associate. She is a licenced Conveyancer who qualified in Australia and has many clients in North Canterbury. Vivienne Holmes, a registered Legal Executive, works closely with Pam and her clients. Dee Woods, who is training as a legal assistant, completes the conveyancing team.
Robyn specialises in family law, including estate matters. She has worked for a time in London and is an officer in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve in her spare time. Assisting her is Estates Administrator Tina-marie Case and Gretta Leigh, Robyn’s PA.
Pam and Robyn say thinking and planning ahead is imperative. For example, wills should be looked at every five years or if circumstances change and powers of attorney need to be considered while a person still has the capacity to make their own decisions.
Visit Pegasus Bay Law Ltd, 327 Westminster Street, Mairehau,
03-386 2211; 97 Williams Street, Kaiapoi 03-928 1215; or pegasasbaylaw.co.nz.
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