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New Appointments – October 2022

BBN’s guide to new people and new roles across business in the Bay

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Changes aplenty at Holland Beckett Law

Anna Needham – Associate, Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Anna holds an LLB (First Class Honours) and BSC from Canterbury University. She started her career in leading South Island firms where she was quickly promoted to senior positions. She moved to Holland Beckett Law in November 2020.

Since joining Holland Beckett Law, Anna has been involved in some of the firms most complex litigation cases. She has appeared in several High Court trials and has assisted with commerce commission and cross-border cases, as well as being involved with some of the firms biggest trust and estate disputes.

Anna is a board member of Q-Awards Charitable Trust and is a successful triathlete. Her background in sport is something she also carries into her work, providing assistance to athletes and clubs in sports related disputes.

Stephanie Berkahn – Associate, Employment

Stephanie holds an LLB and BA from Waikato University.

Previously she worked at a specialist boutique employment law firm in Auckland and in the employment teams at two Magic Circle law firms in London. Stephanie returned to New Zealand to join Holland Beckett Law’s employment team in July 2021.

Stephanie has been involved with some of the firms most challenging employment matters including restructuring and complex cases that arose out of Covid-19. She has also acted for some of the firms leading clients. Stephanie has also been a board member of Merivale Community Incorporated for over a year, helping them navigate through recent changes.

Sophie Law – Associate, Employment & Relationship Property

Sophie holds an LLB from Waikato University. A Tauranga local, she started her career at a Magic Circle firm in London before returning home to Tauranga. Sophie joined Holland Beckett’s employment and family law team in 2018. Sophie has a track-record of great client outcomes.

Recent successes have seen her resolving substantial relationship property and employment matters. Sophie reflects Holland Beckett Law’s commitment to the Tauranga community with ongoing pro-bono assistance, which has included judiciary matters for rugby clubs and operating a legal clinic at Tautoko Mai for women who have been the victims of sexual assault.

Brittany Ivil – Associate, Property & Commercial

Brittany holds an LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of Waikato and joined Holland Beckett Law in 2016 to practice law where she grew up.

Brittany is in the Property Team and specialises in all matters relating to private trusts and charitable organisations. She undertakes work with experience, skill and judgment which is appreciated by her clients. Brittany has always demonstrated a willingness to give back to the community and this has resulted in her becoming a shadow board member of the Tauranga Arts Festival Trust.

She is a team player who assists staff with professional growth and regularly contributes to the firm’s systems and processes.

Laura Murphy – Associate, Environment & Resource Management

Laura holds an LLB (Hons) and a BA from Victoria University. Laura joined us in 2020 after returning from London in between global waves of Covid.

She quickly became a trusted pair of hands in the Environment and Resource Management space where she has delivered legal services for Holland Beckett Law’s key corporate clients and land developers. One of her more notable cases saw Laura spend seven weeks in a High Court hearing on a customary marine title claim.

Laura makes a valuable contribution on the committee of the Resource Management Law Association for the Bay of Plenty, is a Board member of Priority One and is a Project K mentor through the Graeme Dingle Foundation.


Jenna Waite-Leonard

Jenna Waite-Leonard has been appointed to the position of Head of Communications for Whare PR and Village PR communication agencies. In the newly created role, Jenna will lead and build the team of communication and creative consultants and help drive the rapidly growing client base.

The senior appointment is part of the agency’s expansion due to the increased demand for its public relations, cultural advisory, creative, digital and experimental services.

Waite-Leonard joins from Toi Ohomai and Te Kuratini o Waikato (Wintec), where she spent close to four years overseeing the communication and digital functions and teams of the two large institutes. Spanning her 15-year career in the industry, Waite-Leonard has held senior roles across various agency, corporate, and not-for-profits sectors in Australia and Aotearoa.

Peter Marr

Dunes Consulting is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Marr to its team. Dunes Consulting recruit jobs in the construction, engineering and architecture space across Tauranga, Hamilton and the wider Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.

Pete has been in the construction game for over seven years, where he ran and managed a sub-contracting business, working across the residential and commercial sectors. Now recruiting across the commercial, civil and residential space, Pete will be able to guide and help you find the most appropriate job to suit your needs.

Related: New Appointments: September 2022

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