Edmonds Judd



Te Awamutu Office

E: richardg@edmondsjudd.co.nz

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

Richard Gray


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.


Te Awamutu & Otorohanga Offices

E: simonb@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Legal Executive: Hannah Longman
E: hannahl@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Simon Brdanovic


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.


Te Awamutu & Otorohanga Offices

E: chrisg@edmondsjudd.co.nz

DD: 07 872 0877
Mobile: 021 242 1601

Chris Grenfell


Chris has practiced since 2001. He was an associate at Kensington Swan in Wellington before joining the partnership at Edmonds Judd in 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.

Making regular court appearances, Chris has an in-depth knowledge of civil procedure in the High and District Courts. He co-authored Brookers Civil Litigation Precedents, is an author and tutor of  Legal Professional Studies at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.


Te Awamutu Office

E: mandyr@edmondsjudd.co.nz

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

Mandy Rasmussen


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 where she worked for almost a decade.

Mandy and her husband Steve returned to New Zealand in 1992. She started working at Edmonds Judd in 1997 and has been a partner since 2017. 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.

Mandy’s specialisations are Property Law including Residential and Commercial Conveyancing, Business, Trusts and Estates.


Te Awamutu Office

E: rachaelb@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DD: 07 872 0876
Mobile: 021 308 447

Rachael Beattie


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 and her husband Sam are kept busy with their young son.


Te Awamutu Office

E: lucys@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DD: 07 872 6307

Lucy Sim


Lucy 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. Lucy is an associate working in general practice specialising in Commercial property, Trusts and Private client matters.

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


Te Awamutu Office

E: lauraf@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DD: 07 872 6302

Laura Fischer


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 and is well known for her charity work with animals (including her own)


Te Awamutu Office

E: michellea@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Michelle Anselmi


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. Originally based in our Otorohanga office, Michelle is currently in our Te Awamutu office working in Rachael’s team for 6-12 months.


Te Awamutu Office

E: siana@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DD: 07 872 6308

Sian Atkinson


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”.

Rebecca edited

Te Awamutu Office

E: rebeccab@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DD: 07 872 6310

Rebecca Buttar


Rebecca joined Edmonds Judd in December 2017 as a Law Clerk within the litigation team, focusing on relationship property and employment matters. Rebecca (formerly Brown) grew up in Horowhenua and shifted to the Waikato to complete her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Waikato. Rebecca was admitted to the bar in 2018.

Outside of work, Rebecca and her husband are involved in the Young Adults community at the Gateway Church in Hamilton. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially over a good board game.


Otorohanga Office

E: johnm@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DD: 07 873 7178

John Millar


John joined the Edmonds Judd family following the acquisition of his long-standing practice in Otorohanga.

John has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of areas of law, from property litigation and everything else in between.

John is well known in the Otorohanga area and has dedicated many hours to community groups.


Te Awamutu Office

E: keithh@edmondsjudd.co.nz
DD: 07 872 6316

Legal Secretary: Karen Baker
E: karenb@edmondsjudd.co.nz

Keith Hetherington


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.