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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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, Subdivisions 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.

Bridget Tyson

LLB/BA

Hi, I'm Bridget.
I'm a Lawyer and I specialise in Commercial, Conveyancing and General Law.

Bridget joined CS Law in February 2018 after previously working at The Treasury.

Bridget graduated LLB/BA from Victoria University.

In her spare time Bridget enjoys spending time with friends and family, riding her horses and working on her farm.

Bridget is currently on leave and will be back with us in 2021.

Riana Smith

LLB/BA

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Hi, I'm Riana.
I'm a Law Clerk and I specialise in Conveyancing 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.

Riana intends to be admitted to the Bar in June

Heather Hutchison

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Hi, I'm Heather.
I'm a Legal Assistant and I specialise in Conveyancing

Heather joined CS Law in September 2020 after spending 18 years working in various administration roles in the real estate industry in Auckland and Levin.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two children and relaxing with family and friends

Joseph Chagger

LLB/MusB

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Hi, I'm Joseph.
I'm a Solicitor and I specialise in Conveyancing and General Law.

Having grown up in Dunedin, Joseph moved to the Horowhenua and joined CS Law in 2020 after completing his studies at the University of Otago, graduating in law and music. During his studies, he also worked for a startup commercial lease management and lease accounting software company. Originally from England, he emigrated to New Zealand in 2001 and now calls New Zealand home. He was admitted in Wellington as a Barrister and Solicitor in March 2020.

Joseph enjoys practicing in several areas of law. He is mainly part of the Conveyancing team at CS Law, but also handles Commercial and General Law matters.

In his spare time, Joseph enjoys road trips, going to the beach, playing guitar, going to concerts, watching sports and video gaming. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, and exploring the Horowhenua region

Kirsty Beatson

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

Gillian Parsonson

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Hi, I'm Gillian.
I'm a Legal Assistant and I specialise in Conveyancing

Gillian joined CS Law in January 2014 and she has been involved in many aspects of law over the past 17 + years.

Gillian is an integral part of the conveyancing team as a Legal Assistant.

Donna Madgwick

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

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.