Our Team

Geoff Baker

BA LLB (PARTNER)

Geoff grew up and practised in Canterbury before moving to Feilding, joining Barltrop Graham in 1996. Geoff became a partner in 1999.

He specialised in trust and asset planning in Canterbury and has continued this interest with Barltrop Graham. Geoff maintains a large property practise and acts for many farming clients. He has a special interest in estate litigation.

Geoff is married with four children. He is the honorary solicitor for a number of community organisations within Feilding and the wider Manawatu region and has been particularly active in the formation and administration of the Glow Light Trust which assists cancer sufferers.

Email: g.baker@barltrops.co.nz

Alastair Hall

LLB(Hons) BBS (PARTNER)

Alastair leads the litigation team at Fitzherbert Rowe. He specialises in employment law, advocacy and general dispute resolution, including a strong practice in representation and advice for local government around the North Island.

A significant part of his work involves assisting employers in their employment relationships, including dismissal, redundancy, bargaining, performance management, harassment and stress, health and safety, holidays and leave, discrimination and privacy.

Alastair has acted in a wide range of matters in various tribunals, the Employment Relations Authority and in District and High Courts. He has also acted for various schools in matters ranging from privacy issues to enrolment scheme disputes.

Email: a.hall@fitzrowe.co.nz

Barry Roche

LLB (PARTNER)

Barry handles all manner of business and property matters, advising on sales, acquisitions, structures and contracts. He has a strong rural practice assisting many farming clients. He has particular interest in succession planning and structures and also regularly advises clients throughout the country with respect to subdivisions.

Barry is a member of the Property Law Section of the NZ Law Society, is a past convener of the Standards Committee Manawatu Branch and is also currently on the Board of the Manawatu Rugby Union.

Email: b.roche@fitzrowe.co.nz

Shannon Johnston

(PARTNER)

Shannon is a partner in the firm’s litigation team. Her primary area of practice is in resource management, environmental and regulatory law, with a further interest in environmental due diligence, property acquisition and rural matters. She also acts for parties involved in prosecution and enforcement action under the Resource Management Act, Building Act, and other regulatory focused legislation.

Shannon regularly represents clients at Council hearings and in Court (including the High Court, Environment Court, Maori Land Court and District Court)

Email: s.johnston@fitzrowe.co.nz

Charles Andrews

LLB (Hons) (PARTNER)

Charles started at Fitzherbert Rowe’s parent firm, Rowe O'Sullivan & Co, in 1973.

He has been a partner since 1977. Charles supervises a team that handles all manner of business and property matters.

As part of his work, Charles has particular expertise in trust law and the administration of estates. He also has a built up a strong rural practice and advises many farming clients.

Charles is a member of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society.

Email: c.andrews@fitzrowe.co.nz

John Freebairn

LLB AAMINZ (PARTNER)

John grew up in Feilding and Wanganui. He practiced law in Wellington for several years before returning to Palmerston North and becoming a partner in Fitzherbert Rowe in 1988.

John is an experienced lawyer with a general scope of practice in business law. He has particular expertise in insolvency law and is an Associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand, Inc.

He is the chairman of the board of Arohanui Hospice, a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Palmerston North and is involved and provides legal advice to a number of other charities and community organisations.

Email: j.freebairn@fitzrowe.co.nz

Sam Rowe

LLB B.COM (Finance)(PARTNER)

Sam enjoys working with clients throughout transactions to help them find sensible and practical solutions to their legal problems.  He endeavours to understand clients’ needs and requirements to enable him to guide them to the outcome they desire.

Sam has been practising law since 2000.  A portion of that time was spent practicing in the UK advising on large scale commercial property developments. He is now a dual qualified NZ/UK lawyer.

Email: s.rowe@fitzrowe.co.nz

David Walker

LLB (CONSULTANT)

Following his schooling in Timaru, David attended Canterbury University and practised in Auckland and Palmerston North before coming to Feilding in 1980.

David handles a wide range of legal work, and has broad experience in family law work where he specialises in relationship property disputes, family protection proceedings and counsel for the child work. He also handles general and rural conveyancing, trusts, estate planning and commercial leasing for small businesses.

David is married with three children. A golfer, David also has a commitment to the sport of horse racing and is a Past President of the Feilding Jockey Club.

Email: d.walker@barltrops.co.nz

Karina Job

BA LLB (ASSOCIATE)

Karina has been with Fitzherbert Rowe since 2006 and has a general practice including property, trusts, wills and enduring powers of attorney.

Karina has a particular interest in the area of Elder law. She has acted for retirement villages, and for incoming residents, and is familiar with the process and documentation required before a person can enter a retirement village or residential care facility. Karina can also assist with the preparation of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorneys, and regularly presents on those topics

She also has particular expertise in charities law and has advised on the establishment of many charities and their registration as charitable entities with the New Zealand government.

Karina's approach is to provide practical advice, that you can understand, and to work with you to achieve what you are seeking to achieve. Karina has grown up in the Manawatu and returned to Palmerston North after completing her degree at Victoria University. She is raising her young family here and enjoys spending time with them and friends in her spare time.

Email: k.job@fitzrowe.co.nz

Eamon Roche

LLB (SOLICITOR)

Eamon is a Manwatu product and graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2014. he is involved primarily in the areas of property (including providing advice with respect to Kiwisaver and Homestart applications), businesses and advising clients with respect to Trusts, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Email: e.roche@barltrops.co.nz

Lucy Castle

(LEGAL EXECUTIVE)

Lucy Castle and her young family moved to Feilding in April. She is a very experienced , qualified Legal Executive.

Her principal focus is on property matters including sales and purchases of residential, rural and commercial properties including subdivisions. She is also experienced in the sale, purchase and financing of businesses. Lucy won’t mention it, but her lowest mark in three years of Legal Executive exams was A+!.

Email: l.castle@barltrops.co.nz

Tascha Coleske

(ESTATE ADMINISTRATOR)

Tascha is an Estate Administrator who joined our firm in April this year. She is a qualified and admitted solicitor in South Africa with over 12 years of experience in various fields of law and has been specialising in Estate Administration and Wills for the past 7 years. Tascha attends to all aspects of estate administration as well as the drafting of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney within the firm.

Email: t.coleske@barltrops.co.nz