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OUR TEAM
GRAEME HALSE

Director

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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JESS COLLETT

Senior 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. 

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

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EDUCATION
LLB 

 

jessica@foyhalse.co.nz

Elise
Janet
Lauren
Daniel
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Alice Li
Staff
Heather
Erika
Sonja
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JANET HAFOKA

Registered Legal Executive

janet@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

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PA 

Personal Assistant / Law Graduate 

pa@foyhalse.co.nz

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ERIKA PÄRN

AML Compliance Officer/Accounts Assistant

erika@foyhalse.co.nz

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JAKE

Client pacifier

Elaine
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