9 June 2020 - COVID-19 – IMPORTANT MESSAGE

With the government announcement of the country shifting to Level 1, our reception is now open.

The health and well being of our team and clients remain important to us.

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER OUR OFFICE if you are suffering from cold or flu-like symptoms, are not feeling welll, have been overseas or are in contact with someone who has been overseas within the last 14 days

Thank you for your understanding.

1181 ARAWA STREET  ROTORUA 
CALL 07 347 9479

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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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7344

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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CALL EMAIL 07 347 9476

Douglas Clemens

Q.S.M. LLB B CANTERBURY FAMINZ

consultant

Doug has lived and worked in Rotorua since joining OSC in October 1967.

He specialises in commercial and property law, arbitration, trusts and estates. Doug was a partner at O'Sullivan Clemens for over 50 years before transitioning to a consultancy role with the firm in April 2020.

He is a former president of the Rotorua Law Association, a former member of the Council of the New Zealand Law Society and was vice president of the Hamilton & Bay of Plenty Law Society.

Doug is a keen Rotarian, is a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. In his spare time Dough enjoys gardening and the Arts.

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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7351

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 has spent the last four years at OSC 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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CALL EMAIL 07 3479477

Alisdair Morrison

LLB AUCKLAND

consultant

Alisdair applies his skills towards helping his clients achieve their objectives and enjoys the intellectual stimulation the practice of Law provides. 

He was a partner at O’Sullivan Clemens for 24 years before moving to a consultancy with the firm in 2017. 

He covers a broad area of legal practice but specialises in commercial and property law. 

Outside of O’Sullivan Clemens Alisdair enjoys spending time with family and friends. His other interests include aviation, hiking, travel and hunting. 

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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7341

John Murray

LLB VICTORIA

consultant

 John joined O’Sullivan Clemens Lawyers 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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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7346

Carolyn Scherger

Estates Admin - Office Manager

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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CALL EMAIL 07 349 4350

Peter Clayton

NZLS DIP

registered legal executive - fellow

Peter has worked as a Legal Executive since 1973 and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Registered Legal Executives.  He also a Justice of the Peace and recently moved back to Rotorua with this wife.  He brings with him many years’ of legal experience with an emphasis on Trusts, wills and conveyancing.

Peter is married with two adults sons and enjoys trout fishing, following NRL & the All Blacks and spending time in the garden.

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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 joined OSC in 1989 and outside of work 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 says her main job is to make Dave look good, but her work covers most aspects of law, specialising in conveyancing and commercial law.

Esther began working with OSC in 2016 and enjoys hiking, music and relaxing with family and friends. 

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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7348

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 for 14 years until John Battersby retired and his firm merged with O’Sullivan Clemens this year.    
 
Lorraine enjoys reading, walking, gardening and spending times with her grandchildren. 

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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7353

Alex Hiratau Edward

Dip Conveyancing

registered conveyancer

Alex is a Registered Conveyancer who started her career with Harry Edward Law Limited and is now a part of the OSC team.

Alex deals with conveyancing matters and looks forward to renewing relationships with Harry Edward Law’s previous and current clients as well as new ones.

Outside of mahi, Alex enjoys hanging out with her whanau & friends, enjoying the Lakes, the whanau farm and travelling.

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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7349

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.
 
She is happiest when she is 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 personal assistant to partner Doug Clemens and consultant Alisdair Morrison.

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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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7342

Ngaire Jackson

legal assistant

Ngaire has been part of the legal profession for more than five decades.  She originally started with OSC in 1968, and rejoined the team in 2015.

As legal assistant to John Murray, she spends most of her time serving clients in the areas of conveyancing, wills, and powers of attorney.

Outside of work she relaxes with a good book and loves a good crossword puzzle.

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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7352

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.

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

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

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CALL EMAIL 07 349 7347

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 is the newest-kid-on-the-block at O’Sullivan Clemens recently arriving 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.