Chris is a skilled negotiator and draughtsman and an expert in contract law. He cut his teeth in the 1990s on commercial and resource management work before moving back to Dunedin in 1997. On joining Lucas and Lucas, he helped many people form and review family trusts, and he developed an ongoing interest in relationship property. In the 2000s, he built up the firm’s reputation for immigration work, and has any number of war stories from his time spent helping Indian nurses. More recently, Chris and Garth have developed a strategic approach to advocacy and dispute resolution which has seen the firm clock up an enviable track record. He has successfully resolved a wide range of cases about trusts and complex commercial and relationship property disputes.
Chris has four teenagers, several of whom are taller than he is. He enjoys hunting, sailing, and watching his kids play football.
SOLICITOR / TRUST
Jonelle has been practising law since 1992 and joined Lucas & Lucas in 2012. Her extensive career has seen her act both as defence counsel and as a prosecutor, as counsel in many civil law cases, and as a family law advocate. More recently at Lucas & Lucas Jonelle has been practising as an estate and trust lawyer. Jonelle sees it as a privilege to provide legal advice and guidance to the executors and trustees of the estate. Her goal is to be here to listen and her skills ensure that the estate administration process goes smoothly.
Outside the office Jonelle is kept busy with her husband and two teenage sons. As a traditional busy parent she is involved with school sports and extracurricular activities, generally providing spirited encouragement.
Matt is a commercial and property lawyer. He has a particular interest in preparing shareholding agreements to provide succession plans for owner-operated companies and businesses. Buying and selling property and businesses, conveyancing, commercial leases, franchises, trusts, wills, estate planning, and relationship property are all key areas where Matt can assist you with solution focused outcomes.
Outside of work, Matt keeps busy with his two small children, coaches his son’s cricket side, and is a loyal side-line supporter of local club rugby and Otago’s representative teams. He organises social sports teams, plays squash, golf, snooker, and runs. In the winter he hits the slopes with his children at Treble Cone.
Simon joined the firm in 2013 after many years as a legal academic. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, and a keen interest in trends that determine the way legal cases are decided. Any law that’s not already stored in his memory he can quickly research, and deftly present. He also has a gift for getting an expression just right. Simon plays a key role in the firm’s litigation work, and he will often come up with incisive input, particularly in trust cases and relationship property disputes.
Simon’s amazing memory also extends to an amazing array of stories, obscure facts about history, and his love of sport. In the weekends, he follows his boys round the rugby paddock.
After over 20 years in a group growing a large law practice Garth left the world of increasing commercial specialisation to join his wife Kathryn in the practice they made Lucas and Lucas in 1995.
His big hobby is Central Otago and a historic stone house in the Knobby Range.
After a career in her own hospitality and catering businesses Sandy sought a complete change and joined Lucas & Lucas in 1999 as a member of Garth’s team. Sandy has developed a high competence in many services including residential and commercial conveyancing, commercial leases, company incorporation, wills, enduring powers of attorney, family trusts, securities.
Sandy and her husband Mark live on a lifestyle block and when not tending to the animals they enjoy breaks away in their slide-on camper and heading out to sea fishing for that unbeatable blue cod!
REGISTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVE
Natalie works closely with Chris. She makes things happen, and is particularly skilful at the logistics required for complex transactions. She retains detail, solves problem, and keeps in touch with clients so they know their affairs are progressing smoothly. She has many years’ experience helping clients with transactional work. She has also done an enormous amount of immigration problem solving. She and Chris share many successful immigration outcomes, advocating for clients by “telling their story”.
In the weekends Natalie can be spotted on the Tairei exercising her horse “Riley“.
OFFICE & ACCOUNTS MANAGER
Helen is our Accounts and Compliance Manager. In over 20 years with Lucas & Lucas Helen has built on an administrative background an expertise in supportive legal practice management, including accounting and compliance. She leads the firm in the specialised procedures of the AML/CFT Act now enabling Lucas & Lucas to offer assistance to others in developing AML/CFT risk assessment compliance programmes.
Helen loves being active outdoors, and gets out hiking, biking, and orienteering whenever she can. She particularly enjoys exploring the countryside with her husband Myles in their caravan. She also enjoys being at home, and catching up with friends, family and grandchildren.