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The Law Association Council

The Council consists of the President and up to five other elected members as well as one Appointed Lawyer Councillor and up to two Appointed Non-Lawyer Councillors.

The current Council members are below. 

Tony Herring

Tony Herring

President

(04) 916 7499
tony.herring@gibsonsheat.com

Tony joined the Wellington office of Gibson Sheat as a partner in March 2021, after 24 years with Mortlock McCormack Law in Christchurch. He practises in the areas of commercial and property law, with an emphasis on Crown property work, commercial leasing, and employment law. Tony was appointed as a Notary Public in 2009.

Julie-Anne Kincade KC

Julie-Anne Kincade KC

Vice President

(09) 929 4940
jak@jakincade.co.nz

Julie-Anne was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991 and specialises in criminal law. She came to New Zealand in 2006 and initially worked for Meredith Connell, before joining the independent Bar in 2013. Julie-Anne was appointed King’s Counsel in 2019.

Andrée Atkinson

Andrée Atkinson

027 487 0813
andree@atkinsonconsultingltd.com

Andrée is an FCA (Fellow Chartered Accountant) and has practised since 2000. After working for mid-tier accounting firms, she is now a consultant. Andrée holds several directorships, is actively involved with chartered accountants education, and sits on the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) Disciplinary Tribunal.

Jacque Lethbridge

Jacque Lethbridge

Jacque is a senior commercial litigator, who has practised in Auckland since 2004. Joining Martelli McKegg in 2019, she heads the litigation team. She has volunteered her time to the profession, including the ADLS Council (2007-2011), the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) board, chairperson of the Auckland Community Law Centre board, and as a director of the Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association of NZ (RITANZ).

Luana Nickles

Luana Nickles

Luana is an in-house employment lawyer with more than 17 years’ legal experience. She has
worked across NZ, the UK, and Australia for large private and public-sector clients, employment, discrimination, and health and safety matters. Luana (Te Whakatōhea and Ngai Tai) is a passionate supporter of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is General Manager, Māori Workforce Outcomes & Capability at Fonterra.

Angela Parlane

Angela Parlane

021 558 499
angela@parlanelaw.co.nz

Angela heads national civil litigation law firm, Parlane Law.  She specialises in civil litigation, insurance law, and building defect disputes. She worked in Zurich on an international arbitration tribunal dealing with bank accounts from the WWII era, then as a lawyer at the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance marketplace, Lloyd’s of London, and as in-house legal counsel in Geneva for an international corporation.

Samira Taghavi

Samira Taghavi

021 0261 0060
samira@activelegal.co.nz

Samira is a criminal barrister, representing defendants nationally. Having originally come from Iran to undertake her Master of Laws degree, she has since contributed to our legal system at several levels, including as a political lobbyist, most recently fighting against sexual case legislation damaging to defendant trial rights.

Michael Wallmannsberger

Michael Wallmannsberger

021 441 318
michael@wallmannsberger.com
Michael is an experienced cybersecurity consultant and professional director, having held a variety of governance and security leadership roles in large organisations. He is currently an independent consultant working with boards and management to address cybersecurity risks.

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