Our partners are specialists in commercial law, property law, land development and subdivision, asset planning and protection, business and property transactions, farm sales and purchases, trusts, estate planning, wills, elder care, relationship property and employment law.
Chris Hunt grew up on Auckland’s North Shore and then studied law at Otago University. He was partner at Philips Fox (now DLA Piper) for 10 years, and also worked for a leading multinational law firm in London. Returning to New Zealand in 1997, Chris took over one of North Harbour Law’s predecessor firms from Jeremy Dillon. He has been involved with many large and complex commercial and property transactions. Chris is known for his pragmatic and solutions-oriented approach, and enjoys providing his clients with speedy and efficient results.
Nicolene du Toit has extensive experience from both New Zealand and South Africa and is also a Notary Public. Nicolene was admitted to the bar in South Africa in 1980, and in New Zealand in 1998. She has been practising in Orewa ever since. Nicolene practised in partnership with Warren Kay, under the name North Harbour Law—which merged with Hunt Edward Worker in 2006, into the current firm. She is widely respected for her attention to detail and dedication to achieving great results for her clients. Nicolene is adept at quickly getting to the core of the matter—understanding where clients are coming from and what they are hoping to achieve. She is also able to assist clients in Afrikaans.
Richard Worker was educated at the Winchester College in England before he studied law at Otago University. Richard was a partner of a Palmerston North law firm for 20 years before moving to Orewa in 2003 and joining North Harbour Law’s predecessor firm—Laird Worker. Richard is well connected in the local community, serving on the Board of Directors for Destination Orewa and frequently advising local aged-care groups on legal matters relating to the welfare of elders.
Tony Edward attended Auckland University Law School, and was partner of Rennie Cox in Orewa for many years before merging his practice with North Harbour Law’s predecessor firm—Hunt Edward Worker—in 2001. He has raised a family of three children while serving on the Board of Trustees for Takapuna Grammar School for six years. Tony is frequently called upon by the local community to give talks and seminars about his areas of expertise, particularly in the area of Elder Law and setting up Enduring Powers of Attorney. Tony enjoys the contact with real people and their lives that general practice provides him. He is very personable and is known for his open, collaborative, and inclusive approach.
Jeanine Mitchell grew up in Orewa, attending local primary schools and was head girl at Orewa College. She has been a lawyer for over 13 years, beginning her career in civil litigation and resource management before joining North Harbour Law in 2011. Jeanine enjoys using her expertise to help others and has volunteered her time assisting in governance of local charitable organisations and is currently on the Board of Trustees at her daughters’ primary school.