Dee Morgan

Principal 

LLB

Employment, Relationship Property/Matrimonial, Immigration and General Law

Dee is particularly passionate about employment law, and acts on behalf of both employers and employees. Employment law is governed by ‘good faith conduct’ which means two-way, open and honest conversations, and Dee can lead those conversations when either one or both parties has a communication breakdown.

 

Strong communication is required in all relationships, especially right at the beginning and when you’re nearing the end. Dee can assist with contracting out agreements and division of property settlements, as well as all aspects of relationship property law.

 

Dee feels privileged to assist migrants with their visas, help companies find good workers, and renew their existing migrants’ visas. She’s honoured to have been welcomed into their communities and to help people find a new start in Christchurch.

 

Dee cannot think of anything better to do, other than be the best lawyer she can be.


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Ruth Burgess

Associate  

LLB, B.A (hons)

Estates, Wills, Immigration and General Law

Ruth graduated as a mature student from Canterbury University after her children had grown up. She has always had a strong interest in helping her local community and standing up to injustice, which has influenced the areas of law she works in.

 

Experienced in estate planning, Ruth can help you plan for the rest of your life, to make sure your loved ones are looked after and your assets protected. 

 

Ruth has also helped many migrant workers with their visas and advocated on their behalf against exploitation.

 

Outside of work, Ruth loves spending time in the garden or burying her head in a book.


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Romeo Margaritis

Consultant 

LLB

Property/Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts, Estates, Commercial, Contract and General Law

Romeo considers himself a general problem-solver and has a wide range of legal experience after over forty years practicing law across Canterbury.

 

He can help you find legal solutions for a variety of commercial and contract issues, plus most areas of civil litigation. Romeo can also help you set up trusts, enduring powers of attorney or assist with property conveyancing.


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Joan Prado

Solicitor 

B.Sc (Phils), LLB (Hons) (NZ)

Property/Conveyancing, Immigration, Wills and General Law

Joan studied Law at the University of Waikato. With hard work, diligence and by the grace of God, she graduated with First Class Honours. A big achievement while also juggling children and family responsibilities.

 

Joan was drawn to immigration law as a way to help fellow migrants settle in New Zealand. She recognises that approaching a foreign legal system can seem intimidating, so hopes to overcome language and cultural barriers within New Zealand's immigration system, making the resettlement process as smooth as possible. 

 

Joan is also skilled at property conveyancing and can assist you with buying and selling property in the Hamilton Region. Joan is an experienced general law practitioner and can help you write your Will. 

 

Joan enjoys cooking, and her children love her blend of traditional Filipino dishes with Italian cuisine. She also stays active by playing badminton. 


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Robin (Wei) Zheng

Solicitor

LLB

Immigration, Property/Conveyancing and general law

Robin understands the migrant journey to New Zealand, both physically and psychologically.

 

Born in Beijing, Robin moved to Christchurch in his mid twenties, and studied Law at the University of Canterbury as a way to better understand New Zealand.

 

Originally, Robin had no plans to enter the legal profession, but while living in Christchurch he saw how differences in language in culture create misunderstandings that often lead to barriers. Becoming a lawyer who understands both Chinese and Kiwi cultures, Robin hopes to break down barriers and misconceptions to make Christchurch a more multicultural society.

 

In addition to Immigration Law, Robin is also experienced in Employment Law, providing follow up care and support to his clients to help them settle in New Zealand. He's also interested in property conveyancing, and helping people start, buy and sell businesses.

 

Few people know Robin has a sweet tooth, and enjoys baking and creating desserts."


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Adrienne Paul

Solicitor

  LLB, LLM

  Maori Land, Criminal/Youth Court, Estates and general law 

Sitting by her father's side, witnessing pain and confusion at Land Meetings drew Adrienne to study Law. She hoped that by understanding New Zealand's laws and legal system, she could empower Māori to retain, develop and use their land.

 

Of Ngāti Awa and Tūhoe descent, Adrienne grew up in Auckland, but always maintained her connection to her Whanau, Hapū and Iwi in the Bay of Plenty region.

 

While teaching at Waikato University, Adrienne visited Christchurch to attend a property conference. Her friend picked her up from the airport, and showed Adrienne Christchurch's beautiful beaches, vibrant art scene, and told her how good it would be to live here. A year later, Adrienne moved down.

 

For Adrienne, it's vitally important to stay connected to the land and what's happening on it. She believes it's important to know the history of our whenua, and imparting it to others so they can be empowered.

 

In addition to Māori Land Court cases, Adrienne also teaches the Māori Land, Tikanga and Treaty of Waitangi papers in the Law School at University of Canterbury.

 

To take her mind off the law, Adrienne stays grounded by walking along Banks Peninsula, or one of Christchurch's beaches that made her fall in love with this city.


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