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1181 ARAWA STREET  ROTORUA 
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I NEED A LAWYER

O'Sullivan Clemens Lawyers are a Rotorua-based and locally owned community law firm that has been serving the people of Rotorua and the wider Bay of Plenty since the early 1920s.

They have built a strong reputation offering clients a well-rounded multi-faceted law practice covering business and commercial law, family law, property law, trusts and wills, litigation, employment law, as well as arbitration and mediation services.

O'Sullivan Clemens is led by David Rendall, who is part of a team of highly qualified and experienced local lawyers, legal executives and support staff who are dedicated to their clients and provide quality, plain-English, professional legal services in a relaxed environment. Engaging a lawyer does not have to be a challenging process and with O'Sullivan Clemens' local knowledge, a results-based philosophy and a practical, value for money attitude you need look no further.

The practice is part of the Law Plus group of legal firms – of which David Rendall is a director - that allows a greater ability to source specialist advice and services for clients from around the country while ensuring personal client care is maintained to a high standard. Contact us for more information and stay up-to-date by reading our news page.

The Team


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David Rendall

LLB B WAIKATO

principal

After years in the commercial sector, David returned to study in his 30’s, re-qualified as a lawyer and has been with OSC for the past 13 years, becoming partner in 2010. He offers a different perspective to his clients having the practical commercial experience and provides alternatives to litigation to save unnecessary costs. 

David specialises in practice management, employment, conveyancing, commercial aspects including client acquisition, commercial corporate structures where he can help with business set-ups, mergers, restructures, resource consents, and legal compliance. 

David loves the outdoors and outside of work is found out fishing, boating, at the beach and enjoying motorsports. 

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Douglas Clemens - QSM

LLB CANTERBURY

retired

Douglas Clemens retired from OSC on 22 January 2021. 

If you have any queries in relation to Doug's retirement or your legal work moving forward, please contact David Rendall or John Murray.

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Priscilla Kirk

LLB HONS

consultant

Priscilla is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor specialising in family law, asset planning, relationship property, trusts and wills, and conveyancing.

Priscilla started with OSC in 2014 and tries to help her clients resolve their issues without the use of the courts.

She is a former member of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty District Standards Committee and trustee of the Rotorua Bike Festival Charitable Trust. Currently, she is a trustee of the Rotorua District Community Law Centre Trust.

Priscilla enjoys travelling, walking, running, biking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Alisdair Morrison

LLB AUCKLAND

consultant

Alisdair Morrison retired from OSC on 30 June 2021. 

If you have any queries in relation to Alisdair's retirement or your legal work moving forward, please contact David Rendall or John Murray.

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John Murray

LLB VICTORIA

consultant

 John joined OSC as a partner in 1980 but has retired as a partner and taking up an ongoing consultancy role instead. 

John has over 40 years' legal experience in dealing with all aspects of law. John has a well established and varied client base which has been developed over the years reflecting his involvement in family, iwi, business and community interests. 

John has held various positions on trusts, community organisations and companies throughout his career involving major restructuring and/or re-development of land and resources. 

John's key areas of practice are: Property law matters and conveyancing, Commercial law transactions, Maori land issues, Estates and planning, Business sales and purchases, Trust and succession planning. 

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Ann-Jolena Baker

LLB WAIKATO

Solicitor

Ann-Jolena specialises in family law. Her extensive Court experience in the criminal law area as well as family law, allows her to provide strong advocacy in matters involving childcare, Oranga Tamariki, family harm, paternity and guardianship disputes. Ann-Jolena also assists clients with relationship property and separation matters. 

She joined OSC in 2020 from the sunny East Coast, Gisborne. Ann-Jolena is relatable to clients while remaining professional and keeping clients well informed throughout the process.

Outside of work Ann-Jolena enjoys playing sports,  spending time with her children, friends and family. 

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Carolyn Scherger

estates admin - trust accountant

Carolyn describes herself as OSC's general dogsbody and lightbulb changer but also specialises in estates, trusts, wills and Maori land.

Her earliest claim to fame was taking out first prize in the novelty vegetable growing competition at Otonga Primary School back in 1972.

After deciding accountancy was too difficult she moved into the law and started with OSC in 2000.

Outside of work she hits Rotorua's mountain-biking trails, enjoys gardening, and is a drummer for a local jazz trio and blues band.

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Deborah Haley

NZLS DIP

Legal executive

Deborah is OSC's specialist in residential property conveyancing, refinancing, trusts and subdivisions and is a legal executive with New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Certification.

She is a longstanding team member who joined OSC in 1989. 

Outside of work she is obsessed with horses, particularly dressage, but also loves riding for fun, boating on the district's beautiful lakes and occasional trout catching.

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Esther Hutchinson

NZLS DIP

registered legal executive

Esther work covers most aspects of law, specialising in conveyancing, kiwisaver first home withdrawals, refinancing and commercial law along with estate planning.
 
Prior to working in the legal industry, Esther worked with various contracting companies attending to company compliance, business management and operations.

She began working with OSC in 2016 and after hours enjoys relaxing with family and friends, hiking and music. 

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Lorraine Kyle

NZLS DIP

Registered Legal executive - fellow

Lorraine started in the legal field in 1990 in Ohakune.  She qualified as a legal executive in 1994 and is now a Fellow of the New Zealand Legal Executives. 
 
In 2006 she moved to Rotorua and began working for John Battersby Law Limited.  She work there until John Battersby retired and his firm merged with OSC in 2020.    
 
Lorraine enjoys reading, walking, gardening and spending times with her grandchildren. 

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Nancye Koia

NZLS DIP

Registered Legal Executive

Nancye has been working in the local legal industry since 2002, although she worked 18 months for a Christchurch firm in 2010 – post earthquake. Nancye's specialty is property conveyancing, refinancing, some estates, wills and EPA’s.  Nancye has a particular interest in Maori land law, in particular helping whanau to build and develop their whenua. She is a current serving Maori Land trustee.  

In Nancye's personal time she enjoys spending time with her many whanau and friends, she loves to travel and socialise in general – loving life, creating wonderful memories!

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Lorraine (Raine) Hogan

legal assistant

Lorraine (Raine) has worked in the legal field for over 30 years and comes to OSC from John Battersby Law Limited when they merged in 2020.  Raine assists John Murray with all legal matters.
 
She is happiest when she is relaxing at the beach, camping and fishing.
 
Lorraine also enjoys trout fishing, gardening, baking, and spending time with her grandies.

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Therese (Tess) Ferguson

legal assistant

Therese Ferguson, known as Tess, is a legal assistant and receptionist.

She has more than 50 years experience in administrative roles in the legal, manufacturing and forestry industries and began working with OSC in 2005.

Her many years of involvement in community and volunteer work has been with local schools, churches, the National Council of Women, Soroptimists, Rotary, amateur rugby and golf.

She also enjoys walking, travelling, reading, music and sport.

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Dawn Tutua

legal assistant

Dawn is OSC's go-to person, specialising in family law and litigation.

She is also sports mad - supporting the Warriors, Chiefs, All Blacks, Silver Ferns, and NZ Breakers.

Dawn is another long-term OSC staffer who started with OSC in 2002.

She loves long, lazy weekends with family – especially her three mokopuna.

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Ashley Edkins

legal assistant

Ashley is the latest addition to the OSC team with previous experience working in a law firm.   She is kept busy looking after her young children and has also worked with various contracting companies and retail outlets.

She assists the solicitors and legal executives within the firm in the various areas of law.

Ashley was born and bred in Rotorua, loves shopping, walking, travelling, watching her kids sports and making memories.