John Gwilliam

Principal & Director

John has been practising in Upper Hutt since 1986 and started his private practice in 1992. His specialisations are litigation in Criminal Law, Family Law and General Civil Law and he has taken cases through the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

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Joseph Griffiths

Principal & Director

Joseph’s specialty is criminal and family litigation, in particular relationship property matters, but he also works in all areas of general practice.  Joseph has extensive court experience appearing on a wide range of criminal and traffic matters, including representation of clients for jury trials and appeals to the High Court and Court of Appeal. He has also studied Mandarin in Taiwan.

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Suné Hume

Associate and Senior Registered Legal Executive

Suné is our Senior Registered Legal Executive and Affiliate member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. She specialises in private client work such as residential sales and purchases, subdivisions, property refinancing,  estate administration, and estate planning including wills and enduring powers of attorney, residential care loans and Occupation Right Agreements.

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Michelle Beeby


Michelle has worked extensively in all areas of general practice since being admitted to the bar in 2006. Michelle represents clients in the District Court and Family Court and will be specialising in Criminal, Family and Traffic law.

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Arnaka Bright

Registered Legal Executive

Arnaka is a Registered Legal Executive and Associate member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. She started her legal career in Blenheim in 2020, before relocating to Upper Hutt, joining our team in 2023.

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