Staff Promotions in 2020
Turner Hopkins is very proud and thrilled to announce the following, very well-deserved, in-house promotions.
Sharon Chandra has been with Turner Hopkins since 2015, after practising at a family law firm in the Auckland CBD for a number of years. Sharon specialises in family law, with a particular focus on relationship property, trusts and estates. Sharon is also actively involved in the Family Law Section as a regional representative and is a contributing author to Westlaw.
Joy Yuan joined Turner Hopkins in June 2017 has been promoted to Associate. Joy works predominantly with the Commercial and Property team and leads our Chinese legal team. She has extensive expertise in commercial and property law. Her strong commercial and business sense ensures that the most professional and practical advice is provided to her clients. Joy enjoys presenting legal seminars and webinars to the local Chinese-speaking community.
Samuel Ames joined Turner Hopkins Private Client Team last year and has been promoted to Associate. He has experience in a broad range of private client matters including advice on estate planning, trust structuring, relationship property, retirement villages and estate administration. He has particular interest in charitable organisations and incorporated societies. Samuel has presented for the Auckland District Law Society and is a member of the ADLS Trusts committee.
Earlier in the year both Catherine Pendleton and Tim McSweeney were promoted to Senior Associates. Catherine is part of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team and has broad experience in civil, commercial and criminal litigation. Catherine has appeared in several Tribunals and Courts, including the High Court and court of Appeal. Tim heads up our Immigration team and has a wealth of knowledge across both New Zealand and Australian regimes, having lived and worked in both countries.
“I can't speak highly enough of Jenny. She got everything done in a timely manner and when my ex-husband threw a spanner in the works at the eleventh hour she got the required documentation to his lawyers and settlement back on track.”
“John is very easy to talk to, he never makes you feel dumb, and never makes you feel like you are wasting his time for asking questions. He explains everything very clearly, every time. John's support staff are also very efficient and so easy to deal with. No detail is missed when dealing with them. My husband and I are fans of them all :)”
“To Michael Robinson – I wanted to thank you and your colleagues for many years of excellent service to the Bank. You have an outstanding business that has proved to be one of the most reliable and ethical businesses that Collections have dealt with in the almost 9 years I was with the Bank.”
“Joy, we cannot thank you enough for your help with our purchase! You have been wonderful to deal with and so proactive (and patient with my numerous emails). We will be visiting NZ in April so will make sure we drop in to thank you in person.”
“I have struggled with different legal firms over the years, but over the past few years I have engaged with Turner Hopkins with various requirements from personal relating to wills, family trust, property settlements and contracts through to commercial engagements including employment advice, commercial lease agreements and general legal advice. I have engaged with a number of the people in the firm and always found them professional, punctual in their responses and very sound in the advice provided.”