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GRAEME HALSE

Principal

Graeme obtained an Honours degree from Auckland University and was admitted to the bar in 1978. After working for a city Law firm he joined with Mick Foy to start his own practice at the age of 24. He has practised continuously for 43 years. He likes to problem solve and gets immense satisfaction from adding value to a client's business or enterprise as well as giving peace of mind. A background in all areas of litigation (including appearing as counsel to Court of Appeal level) allows him to assess the likelihood of success or the likely pitfalls. This allows legal disputes to be settled within acceptable parameters.

 

Graeme's principal areas of practice include:

 

  • Estate Planning including trust formation and administration.

  • All aspects of property, both commercial and residential.

  • Commercial deal-making including advice as to appropriate structures.

  • Business sales, purchases and restructuring.

  • Finance, including mortgage lending.

  • Wills and probate including Family arrangements.

  • Relationship Property, both pre and post nuptial.

  • Litigation advice.

  • Advising sporting, cultural and not for profit organisations.

  • Problem solving, including analysis of legal issues.

  • Fishing Law advice.

 

Outside the office he is a director of a number of successful private companies. He enjoys travelling with his beautiful partner Sonja, cooking, growing his own organic vegetables (including making his own 

compost) fishing and diving.  He has four successful adult children.



EDUCATION
LLB with Hons  Auckland University

 

graeme@foyhalse.co.nz
 

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ELIZABETH RABIER

Special Counsel

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Elizabeth joined Foy & Halse as Special Counsel specialising in all things property. Elizabeth has extensive knowledge and experience in the property field through her prior involvement as a committee member of the Auckland District Law Society’s Property Law Committee and its Documents and Precedents Committee, as the sole in-house legal counsel for Harcourts New Zealand, and more recently as General Counsel for a large Ray White franchise group. As a result of her unique legal career, Elizabeth has a good appreciation and understanding of the stress and complications that may arise in a property deal and the various implications for vendors, purchasers, and agents.

 

Elizabeth’s principal areas of practice include:

 

  • Residential sales and purchases

  • Commercial sales and purchases

  • Residential property management

  • Commercial leasing

  • Subdivisions (fee simple, cross lease, unit tile)

  • Development funding and securities

  • Preparation of bespoke Sale & Purchase Agreements for developments

  • Assisting clients in due diligence investigations

  • General property advice

  • Agency Agreement advice

  • Auction and Tender advice and procedures

  • Compliance advice relating to Real Estate Agents Act 2008 and the Real Estate Agents (Professional Conduct & Client Care) Rules 2012



EDUCATION
BA  LLB  Auckland University

 

elizabeth@foyhalse.co.nz

Elizabeth Rabier
JESSE REYNOLDS

Senior Associate

Jesse obtained both a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degree from Victoria University of Wellington in 2011. After starting his career in Wellington in the public sector, he moved to Auckland in 2014 and into private practice with a general focus on property matters. Jesse enjoys forming long lasting relationships with clients and advising on a wide range of legal issues.  

Outside of work, Jesse enjoys going to the gym and cycling. He is also a musical theatre performer with an appearance in the cast of Les Miserables at the Civic Theatre in 2019.

Jesse’s principal areas of practice include:

  • Residential and commercial sales and purchases

  • Commercial leasing

  • Business sales and purchases

  • Subdivisions

  • Finance and securities

  • Occupation right agreements

  • Wills and enduring powers of attorney

EDUCATION
BA  LLB 

 

jesse@foyhalse.co.nz

JESS COLLETT

Associate

Jess studied law at the University of Waikato, graduating in 2015 and being admitted to the Bar in 2016. She spent the first three years of her legal career in Hamilton before moving to Auckland in 2019. She has a close and trusting relationship with her clients, and takes immense pride in helping them to achieve their personal and commercial goals, such as buying their first homes and starting their dream businesses. Jess has a common sense approach to her legal practise and aims to make the law more accessible and understandable for her clients.  

 

Born and raised in the Waikato, Jess has strong ties to the Thoroughbred Racing and Equestrian industries. She can often be found on a Saturday at the Northern Racing meetings; watching her family members race against each other, or her racehorses compete. Otherwise she will be down on her sister’s farm in Matamata watching from the couch with a cup of tea (or whiskey). 

Jess’s principal areas of practice include:

  • Residential and commercial sales and purchases

  • Intellectual Property 

  • Business sales and purchases

  • Finance and securities

  • Trust Establishment

  • Occupation right agreements

  • Wills and enduring powers of attorney

EDUCATION
LLB 

 

jess@foyhalse.co.nz

 
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CEILIDH JOHNSTON

(pronounced Kaylee)

Solicitor

ceilidh@foyhalse.co.nz

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KIM O'CONNOR

Senior Legal Secretary

kim@foyhalse.co.nz

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HEATHER ALMAO

Trust Account Manager/Practice Manager

heather@foyhalse.co.nz

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SONJA GARDIEN

Facilities and support manager

sonja@foyhalse.co.nz

Nina Agterberg
NINA AGTERBERG

Senior Registered Legal Executive,

Mobile Legals

nina@mobilelegals.com

Christy Selemidis
CHRISTY SELEMIDIS

Registered Legal Executive

christy@foyhalse.co.nz

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ERIKA PÄRN

AML Administrator/Accounts Assistant

erika@foyhalse.co.nz

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JAKE

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