Bill started working at Dawsons in 1981 and has been a partner of the firm for over 30 years.  He has been primarily responsible for litigation in the firm and has a wide knowledge of family, commercial and property law, and a great deal of experience in the courtroom.  Bill has a reputation for quickly analysing a problem, finding a solution and obtaining the desired result.

Bill’s main passion is sailing. He has been a member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for 30 years and was the Commodore from 2002 to 2004. He owns his own yacht and enjoys racing. His other interests include walking, reading and listening to jazz music.

 


Claire joined Dawsons in 2012 and became a partner of the firm in 2017. Claire was admitted to the bar in 2007 and since then she has practised in the areas of property and commercial law at firms in Auckland and Sydney.

Claire provides practical and straightforward legal solutions to her clients.

Claire’s main areas of practice include:

Residential and commercial conveyancing, commercial leasing, advising on business structures, business sales and purchases, relationship property arrangements, wills and enduring powers of attorney, trusts and estate planning.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BA, University of Canterbury 2006
  • LLB, University of Canterbury 2006
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand 2007
  • Admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales 2011
  • Accredited member of the New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section and Auckland District Law Society

Outside of work Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends, sailing, cooking and entertaining at home.


 

Eva attained a BCom (double majors in Marketing and International Business) and Graduate Diploma in Commerce before she completed her law degree at the Victoria University of Wellington. Eva has been with Dawsons since 2009. Eva is originally from Taiwan and is fluent in Mandarin.

Eva is passionate about all aspects of family law and family litigation (application for a Parenting Order, non-removal of children from New Zealand, relocation and guardianship matters, protection order, relationship property, spousal maintenance, CYFS and PPPRA matters, and dissolution of marriage or civil union). She is a lead provider of (family) legal aid and a Family Dispute Resolution provider (legal advice). Her other areas of practice include employment and business disputes, tenancy disputes, immigration (application and appeal), debt recovery (liquidation and bankruptcy), general civil litigation, sale and purchase of residential or commercial properties or businesses, all matters relating to setting up and managing, family trusts, companies and charitable trusts, and drafting Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Eva is a member of the Chinese Methodist Church and a volunteer lawyer at the Citizens Advice Bureau (Mt Roskill branch). She is a member of the NZLS Family Law Section and Property Law Section and ADLS Inc. and a keen participant of NZLS and ADLS Inc. seminars and conferences.

Outside of work, Eva enjoys travelling and reading while busy with her family with two young daughters.


 

Roxanne joined the Dawsons team as a Law Clerk in January 2017 after graduating from the University of Otago with LLB/BCom. Roxanne was admitted to the bar in May 2017 and is a Solicitor. Roxanne has been involved in a variety of work, in particular property transactions. She is interested in all aspects of commercial and property law.

Outside of work Roxanne enjoys exploring new places and catching up with friends and family.


 
Lynley Freestone

Lynley Freestone

Legal Executive

Apart from a few years working for a local Council in a principal administrative support role, Lynley has worked in legal offices her whole working life.

Lynley joined Dawsons more than 30 years ago and is employed as a legal executive. Her work principally involves conveyancing - in both residential and commercial transactions as well as subdivisions. She particularly values the personal contact she has with the firm’s clients and is always pleased to be involved in seeing property transactions towards a successful conclusion.

 

Outside of work, Lynley enjoys walking, gardening, reading and local and overseas travel.


 
Linda Hinchco

Linda Hinchco

Legal Executive

Linda is one of the longest serving staff members having worked for Dawsons continuously for nearly 30 years.

Linda’s role as a qualified Legal Executive is varied, but mainly consists of all aspects of conveyancing and subdivision work.

Linda enjoys the long term working relationships established with many of our valued clients.

 

Outside of work, Linda enjoys living locally and spending as much time as she can in her garden and with family and friends.


 
Carol Beeson

Carol Beeson

 

Legal Executive – Estates

Carol worked at Dawsons for a period during the 1980’s and re-joined the firm in 2015. She has spent most of her career working in the legal field apart from taking time out to raise her four children.

Carol works closely with Bill Endean and Claire Endean on estate administration matters.  Carol says that she genuinely loves her work and gets great satisfaction helping families with the process of administering estates.

Outside of work, Carol enjoys spending time with her family. Carol’s family, and the time spent with them is very important to her and she feels very fortunate to spend time with her family enjoying a small slice of middle New Zealand where they have a family farm.


 
Chelsea Wiggill

Chelsea Wiggill

Law Clerk

Chelsea is in her final year of a BA/LLB conjoint at the University of Auckland and has been working at Dawsons since November 2016. In her time at the firm she has been exposed to a wide range of specialities and has most enjoyed her work with relationship property and residential conveyancing.

In her spare time Chelsea enjoys getting out of Auckland, swimming and walking her dog.


 
Jennifer Baxter

Jennifer Baxter

 

Legal Secretary

Jennifer has worked as a secretary in the legal field for almost 30 years starting her career in London, UK before moving to Tauranga 14 years ago. Jennifer has predominantly worked in estates, but since moving to Howick and joining Dawsons in 2016, she has been involved in family law which she enjoys.

Outside of work, Jennifer loves to spend her spare time with her family, which includes two lively young grandsons, and enjoys dining out and browsing antique shops with her teenage daughter.


 

Originally from Taranaki, Sandy moved to Auckland in 1980 and joined Dawsons (then called Dawsons McIntosh Burns & Smith) in 1981. Apart from time off for overseas travel in 1983 and again from 1993 to 2001 to raise her two children, Sandy has worked at Dawsons carrying out all the firm's trust account administration.

Outside of work, Sandy loves travel – both overseas and lately around New Zealand- and enjoys movies, wining and dining with her family and friends or hiding out with a good book.


 
Louise Marais

Louise Marais

Receptionist/Accounts

Louise immigrated to New Zealand with her husband and two daughters in 1996. Settling into her new country, Louise started working at a manufacturing and distribution company, initially as a temp and eventually as the company accountant. Louise joined Dawsons in 2011 and works as our receptionist/accounts support person providing valuable assistance to our team.

Outside of work, Louise loves spending time with her family, the outdoors, gardening and tramping.