Our People: Lawyers

Bruce Page: Partner 
Richard Gray: Partner 
Simon Brdanovic: Partner
Chris Grenfell: Partner
Mandy Rasmussen: Senior Associate
Rachael Beattie: Associate
Keith Hetherington: Consultant
John Millar: Consultant Solicitor
Lucy Sim: Senior Solicitor 
Laura Fischer: Solicitor

Michelle Anselmi: Solicitor
Monique Jones-Ciochetto: Solicitor

Sian Atkinson: Solicitor

 


TE AWAMUTU OFFICE

Bruce Page LLB
PARTNER

Email: brucep@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Legal Executive: Gina Nesbitt
Email: ginan@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Secretaries: Catherine and Jacki

Born in Eketahuna, Bruce completed his secondary education at Te Awamutu College before doing his LLB at Auckland University. He joined the firm (then known as Judd, Page, Brown and Kay) in 1965, becoming a partner in 1967. Over the years Bruce has focused primarily on areas of rural and commercial conveyancing, with particular emphasis on trusts and family succession. Bruce is also a director of First Mortgage Trust.

Bruce is married with two children (a son in the USA and a daughter in Auckland) and four grand-daughters (two American, two Kiwi). A keen sportsman, Bruce actively participates in tennis, golf (7 handicap), tramping and cycling.


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Richard Gray LLB
PARTNER

Email: richardg@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Legal Executive: Kathryn Horton
Email: kathrynh@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Secretary: Karen Gibson
Email: kareng@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Richard was born in Rotorua, and completed his secondary schooling at Dargaville High School (with one year at Wanganui Collegiate). Richard obtained his law degree at Auckland University and joined the firm in 1980, becoming a partner in 1984.  His practice is predominantly rurally based, and he has a particular interest and expertise in Trusts and asset protection advice.

Richard is currently a member of the Rural Transactions Committee of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society. This committee has been heavily involved in the preparation to the Fonterra Share clause for agreements for sale and purchase of dairy farms.

Richard and his wife Margaret have three daughters, who are attending or have graduated University. Richard’s outside interests include all sports, and he is actively involved in golf and tennis. Richard has also been involved in sports administration, and he has been president of the local cricket, squash and rowing clubs.

 


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TE AWAMUTU & OTOROHANGA OFFICE

Simon Brdanovic LLB
PARTNER

Email: simonb@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Secretary: Hannah Longman
Email: hannahl@edmondsjudd.co.nz 

Simon joined Edmonds Judd in 1995 fresh from Waikato University, and has been a partner since 2001. While he was initially involved in the litigation field, Simon’s primary focus now is on residential, rural and commercial conveyancing, along with trust work, while retaining an interest in both the employment and relationship property fields. Simon is heavily involved in the local community and the profession of law; in particular Simon actively participates in the following; 

  • Chairman of the NZ Law Society Standards Committee (NZLS)
  • Chairman of the St Patricks Board of Trustees
  • Chairman of the Park Road Sports Inc.
  • Netball coach to St. Patricks Denim team

Simon has a keen interest in all sports, and along with his rugby he plays social tennis, indoor netball, participates in local rowing at Lake Ngaroto, and runs regularly, all with varying levels of ability but with 110% enthusiasm. 

And if you’re curious about the ethnic background of his surname, Simon’s heritage is Croatian.

 


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Chris Grenfell LLB GradDipT 
PARTNER

Email: chrisg@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DDI: 07 872 0877
Mobile: 021 242 1601

Chris has practiced since 2001 but first worked at Edmonds Judd as a law clerk in 2000. Between 2007 and 2010, Chris was an associate at Kensington Swan in Wellington before returning to the Waikato. He joined the partnership at Edmonds Judd in November 2010. He works in the area of civil litigation, employment and general advocacy. He has extensive court experience as well as considerable experience in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation and assisted negotiation.

From his regular court appearances, Chris has an in-depth know ledge of civil procedure in the High and District Courts. He co-authored Brookers Civil Litigation Precedents, is an author and adjunct tutor of the Legal Professional Studies course at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and is a tutor at Wintec Polytechnic.

Chris is able to provide a streamlined service in all litigation matters, ranging from small debt recoveries to large multi-party litigation.

Recently,
Chris has worked on dispute resolution in the following areas:

  • Sharemilking disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Companies Act / PPSA
  • Employment disputes
  • Commercial and property law arbitrations
  • Original research and advice on a number of highly client specific legal issues

Chris also acts in insolvency matters for insolvency practitioners, directors, shareholders and creditors.

Often litigation lawyers are seen as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff but Chris believes that being involved with this client’s business can result in risk reduction and even in approaches that benefit productivity. With that approach, Chris strives to understand both the business of his clients and more importantly, the people that make the business. Often legal issues arise suddenly and escalate quickly; therefore, Chris is both contactable and approachable.

Along with a law degree Chris also holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary). This qualification assists Chris in providing training to clients.


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Mandy Rasmussen LLB
SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Email: mandyr@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Legal Executive: Karla Mitchell
Email: karlam@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Secretary: Karen Brdanovic
Email: karenb@edmondsjudd.co.nz 

Mandy was born in Whangarei and educated there before studying law at Auckland University.  After graduating, she worked in Auckland for almost three years before leaving to travel to the United Kingdom. 

There, after a few months of the usual Kiwi overseas experience of pubs and waitressing, Mandy took up an opportunity to work as a locum in different law practices.  Soon after starting, she had a one-week assignment working for a sole practitioner in Sussex, which turned out to last almost nine years. During that time, Mandy worked mainly in the property law field, but also did a small amount of litigation.

Having met and married a fellow New Zealander while she was living in England, Mandy and her husband Steve returned to New Zealand in 1992. She worked for a year in a practice in Tauranga before family commitments led to a break of four years. She started working at Edmonds Judd in 1997 and has been promoted to be an Associate as from 1 November 2007. Mandy and Steve have two sons. Her interests include following her sons' and husband’s sports (mainly soccer, rowing and motor-sport), gardening and reading.


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OTOROHANGA OFFICE

John Millar
CONSULTANT SOLICITOR   

Email: johnm@edmondsjudd.co.nz 
Phone: 07 873 7178

We are pleased to announce that John will continue as a Consultant with the Firm. We are confident that John's clients will appreciate the additional support that will be provided to John by Edmonds Judd with new systems, the latest in technology and access to the wider NZ Law Limited network of which Edmonds Judd is a member.

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Keith Hetherington LLB
CONSULTANT 

Email: keithh@edmondsjudd.co.nz 
DDI: 07 872 0876

Secretary: Hannah Longman
Email: hannahl@edmondsjudd.co.nz 

Keith, and his partner Jane, moved to Te Awamutu from Auckland late last year for a planned lifestyle change. In Auckland Keith was in practice, initially with Wynyard Wood for 25 years and as a partner for 22 years and then as a consultant with other firms. Keith brings with him a wide range of legal experience in the areas of property, contracts, company, commercial law and trusts.

Until recently Keith was a Trustee for fifteen years of three sub trusts under the charitable trust Project K (now known as Future Youth Development Trust). A trust that was originally established by Graeme Dingle to assist in youth development throughout New Zealand

In his spare time Keith loves to fish, both in our oceans and back country rivers. He is also a keen gardener and loves entertaining family and friends and preparing delicious meals using fresh produce from his garden and food gathered in the wild.  


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Rachael Beattie LLB
ASSOCIATE 

Email: rachaelb@edmondsjudd.co.nz 
DDI: 07 872 0876
Mobile: 021 308 447

Secretary: Hannah Longman
Email: hannahl@edmondsjudd.co.nz 

Rachael was born in the Waikato, and completed her secondary schooling at Te Awamutu College before undertaking her law degree at Waikato University. Rachael joined the firm in 2001 and progressed within the firm from a Legal Secretary to Solicitor.

Rachael's primary focus in on property law and private client matters, including residential and commercial property transactions, along with Trusts and asset planning. Rachael also has a particular interest in Retirement Villages and Unit Title transactions.

Outside of the office Rachael enjoys running in her spare time, spending time with family and friends and travelling with her husband Sam.


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Lucy Sim LLB BSoc.Sci
SENIOR SOLICITOR   

Email: lucys@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DDI: 07 872 6307

Lucy is a solicitor in Richard Gray's team, working in general practice. She completed her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and History) at the University of Waikato and joined Edmonds Judd in December 2013, after making the move to Te Awamutu from Thames.

Outside of the office, Lucy enjoys spending time with family and friends, sailing around the Coromandel and spending time on the farm.

 

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Laura Fischer LLB
SOLICITOR   

Email: lauraf@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DDI: 07 872 6302

 


 

Laura joined Edmonds Judd in 2016 and is a solicitor in the litigation team. Laura was born and raised in Rotorua and moved to the Waikato to complete her Bachelor of Laws at Waikato University. Outside of work she  enjoys reading and spending time with friends. 
 

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OTOROHANGA OFFICE

Michelle Anselmi
SOLICITOR   

Email: michellea@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Michelle has a number of years' experience working for one of Scotland's leading law firms. Michelle moved to New Zealand some years ago and has joined the team at Edmonds Judd, based in our Otorohanga office.
 
 

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OTOROHANGA OFFICE

Monique Jones-Ciochetto LLB
SOLICITOR   

Email: moniquej@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Monique started her legal career working for a large Auckland firm, then travelled overseas where she was based in Singapore working for international corporate firms including FedEx and Honeywell. After gaining a significant amount of overseas experience, Monique returned home to New Zealand. In addition to her large firm and overseas experience, Monique's farming background has held her in good stead as she has worked in rural practices in Hawke's Bay and her home turf of the Waikato.

Monique and her family have settled in the Otorohanga area and she has been practising in Otorohanga since mid-2015.

 
 

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Sian Atkinson
SOLICITOR   

Email: siana@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DDI: 07 872 6308

 

 

Sian Atkinson (formerly Price) grew up in Te Awamutu, she graduated from the University of Waikato in 2009 with a Bachelor of Law and Science majoring in biology. After spending seven years in Australia in Sydney and Toowoomba working in the areas of family law, property law and commercial law, she returned to Te Awamutu with her two young children and Husband to be closer to her big family. Sian is kept very busy with her two young children but when she gets time she enjoys playing netball, camping and everything to do with the outdoors. Sian’s name is welsh for Jane and can be hard to pronounce so feel free to write it down as "Sharn".

 
 

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