O'Sullivan Clemens is led by two partners, Doug Clemens and David Rendall, who are 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.
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Doug has lived and worked in Rotorua since joining OSC in October of 1967.
Specialising in commercial and property law, arbitration, and trusts and estates, Doug has served the interests of generations of families in and around the Rotorua district for more than 50 years.
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.
Apart from his legal expertise, Doug's community involvement includes being a former chairman of various local school boards and committees and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Rotorua - where he was made a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also past president of the Rotorua Heritage and Civic Trust, and a trustee of the Rotorua Museum Centennial Trust – that fundraised almost $20 million for the completion and restoration of Rotorua Museum. He is also a past president of the Rotorua branch of the New Zealand Camellia Society.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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 has been with OSC for 18 years.
Outside of work she hits Rotorua's mountain-biking trails, enjoys gardening, and is a drummer for a local jazz trio and blues band.
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 has spent more than 25 years at OSC 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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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 with 21 years under her belt.
She loves long, lazy weekends with family – especially her two mokopuna.
Ngaire has been part of the legal profession for more than five decades years and has worked with OSC for 14 years. 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.
Therese (Tess) Ferguson
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 has worked with OSC for the last 13 years.
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.
Alex Hiratau Edward
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.