Who we are

Get to know us

With lawyers and legal executives onsite, we are equipped with a wide range of legal knowledge and experience.

Our office is also farmer-friendly, so feel free to just come in straight from the farm, leave your gumboots at the door and step inside so we can get started and get you sorted right away.

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Meet the People

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Doug Rowan - CSLaw

Hannah Wood

LLM/BSc

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Hi, I'm Hannah.
I'm a Director and I specialise in Commercial, Conveyancing, General Law, Property Developments and Trusts.

Hannah joined CS Law in 2012 after graduation from Victoria University of Wellington, graduating in law and science, majoring in chemistry. As a student she enjoyed traveling overseas and has spent time living in a foreign country.

Hannah’s area of practice includes commercial law and general law. She is also the team leader of the Trust Management Team and the Conveyancing Team.

Hannah is married to Sam and they enjoy renovating their house and spending time on their hobbies.

Doug Rowan

LLB/BA

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Hi, I'm Doug.
I'm a Director and I specialise in Commercial, Estates, General Law, Rural and Trusts.

Doug joined CS Law in 1996 after graduating from Victoria University with an LLB, BA and a BA (Philosophy). Doug is the first Director of CS Law after Cullinane Steele incorporated having become a partner in 2003.

Doug practices in the areas of commercial and property law, trusts, wills, estates and relationship property specialising in business transactions, commercial lending and advice on asset protection and business structures. Having grown up on a dairy farm Doug has a particular interest in rural transactions.

Doug is married to Hannah and has two teenage daughters. He is the Chair of Te Hinaki Education Trust and is passionate about improving educational outcomes for all children in Horowhenua.

He values the role Christian faith has in his life and in his spare time he is a keen Cricket and Rugby fan, enjoys a good bike ride and relaxing with a book or the paper!

Riana Smith

LLB/BA

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Hi, I'm Riana.
I'm a Solicitor and I specialise in Commercial and General Law.

Riana graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2020 obtaining an LLB and BA, majoring in International Relations and Political Science. During this time she also volunteered in UN Youth New Zealand and the Wellington Community Justice Project as a member of the Students Rights team.

Having grown up in Palmerston North, Riana is excited to be back and working in Levin. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports and seeing what new legal drama or crime documentary has landed on Netflix.

Kirsty Beatson

Hi, I'm Kirsty.
I'm Registered Legal Executive and I specialise in Commercial and Conveyancing.

Raised in Levin, Kirsty spent twelve years in Wellington before returning home. Starting off with a career in sport administration, Kirsty worked for Wellington Rugby on a variety of events including the Rugby World Cup 2011 and the Sevens. When she returned home she took up a position with the District Court in Levin and case managed files in both the criminal and family jurisdictions for several years.

Now qualified as a Registered Legal Executive, Kirsty is part of the Conveyancing and Trust Management teams at CS Law. She aims to make the process as smooth as possible for all clients, especially first home buyers with KiwiSaver and Housing New Zealand Home Start Grants.

In her spare time Kirsty likes to spend time with family and friends and also enjoys a good book.

Julia Turnbull

P06 366 0172

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Hi, I'm Julia.
I'm a Registered Legal Executive and I specialise in Commercial

I was raised in the Horowhenua and have recently returned to the region to join our commercial team. I am an Affiliate member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives and have
worked in law firms most of my working life.

Outside work I love a good read or podcast; spending time with family and friends, being active and enjoying the outdoors – especially exploring the great walking tracks New Zealand has to offer.

Donna Madgwick

P06 368 9239

Hi, I'm Donna.
I'm a Client Relationship Manager for the Property and Trusts Teams and I specialise in Commercial

Hi, I’m Donna.

I have just joined CS Law, with an extensive background in Office Administration.

Born and bred in the Horowhenua, I am married with two children. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising and keeping fit.

Our Story

100 years in the making

Our staff work in teams, giving you access to a range of specialised expertise relating to your needs.

1908

Our firm first began in 1906 and one of our founding lawyers was William Park.

This is the High Court order admitting William Park to the bar as a Solicitor and Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand.

CS Law - 1908

1961

Staff photo from 1961.

CS Law - 1961

1970

Amalgamation of local law firms.

In the 70s the firms of Park, Cullinane, Turnbull and Partners and that of Harper Thompson Steele amalgamated to create Cullinane, Turnbull, Steele and Partners. Little has changed in our name since the amalgamation we are still known as Cullinane Steele but have recently rebranded to shorten our name to CS Law.

CS Law - 1970

1988

Peter Butler retires from the Partnership of Cullinane Steele.

CS Law - 1988

2003

Doug Rowan becomes a partner of Culinane Steele.

CS Law - 2003

2006

Cullinane Steele celebrates 100 years of serving the communities legal needs.

CS Law - 2006

2005

Levin Lawyer Keith De Ridder becomes a District Court Judge.

CS Law - 2005

2015

CS Law wins employer of choice at Electra Business Awards.

CS Law - 2015

2018

CS Law welcomes Hannah Wood as Director and opens new premises upgrade

CS Law gets a new director, solicitor Hannah Wood, who has been with the firm 6 years. They also open their new client premises to the public as part of their much over due building refurbishment.

CS Law - 2018
Our Teams

With an established history and a solid reputation, CS Law has been serving the legal needs of clients in and around the Horowhenua District for over 100 years, providing legal advice and services to residents, business owners and institutions around Levin, including those living in Foxton, Shannon and Tokomaru.

Our Conveyancing Team work with you on property transactions, guiding you in each step of your property sale or purchase.

Our Estates Team help with administering all aspects of estates including succession planning.

Our Commercial and General Law Team can provide practical advice in all aspects of business transactions including commercial and rural property and advice on lending matters. As well as personal matters such as estate planning including wills and enduring powers of attorney.

Associations

As a member of NZ Law we are in touch with law firms all around the country, ensuring that we have the latest legal information at our fingertips.

Member firms practise in a wide range of legal disciplines ranging from business law, home buying and selling, immigration law and intellectual property to aviation law, viticulture and tourism. Cullinane Steele is able to utilise the services of NZ Law legal experts from across the country in order to solve your unique legal problem.