About Us


Patterson Law is a general practice legal firm based in Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand.

Clive Patterson first commenced legal practice in Kaitaia in January 1965 and subsequently became a sole practitioner in 1976. His son Mark joined the firm in April 2003 and subsequently became a partner in August 2006. Mark continued and purchased the business from Clive in 2015. In June 2014 our experienced family lawyer Simon Punshon joined the firm followed by another solicitor Vaughn Hill in April 2021. In addition to Mark, Simon and Vaughn, our firm also has six support staff, and one registered legal executive.

Clive officially retired as a Barrister and Solicitor on 30 June 2015 after over 50 years of practice but remains as a Notary Public serving Northland.

 

MEET THE TEAM

Clive Patterson

Clive commenced his legal career in January 1965 in Kaitaia and has remained here as a general practitioner until his retirement in 2015. Clive is a Notary Public who now attends the office on a Tuesday for pre-arranged appointments. Outside work he has been involved in numerous community groups including Lions club and Jaycees.

Mark Patterson

Mark commenced his legal career in April 2003 and became a partner in August 2006. He acquired the business from Clive in 2015. Mark works primarily in the fields of conveyancing, trusts, wills, estates, commercial law, relationship property and work related to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988. Outside work he plays tennis and is a keen musician (bass and drums).

Contact Mark: markp@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Simon Punshon

Simon commenced his legal career in 1984 working in several legal firms primarily in Auckland. In 2001 he and his family moved to Kaitaia and he set up his own practice. In June 2014 we welcomed Simon to Patterson Law as staff solicitor and subsequently has become a Director. He undertakes all types of Family Court work including care of children (including as Lawyer for the Child), domestic violence, adoptions, relationship property, employment issues and work related to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988. Outside work Simon is a keen sports fan and enjoys beating Mark at golf.

Contact Simon: simonp@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Vaughn Hill

Vaughn joined the firm in April 2021 as a lawyer primarily in our Mangonui office. Vaughn can help with many aspects of general practice law, in particular conveyancing, wills, enduring powers of attorney and small business transactions. Vaughn is originally from the South Island, spending most of his early career in Temuka and Timaru.

Contact Vaughn: vaughnh@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Chris Buckby

Specialises in Conveyancing, Wills and Estates. Chris handles the bulk of the Patterson Law estates work and has extensive experience in this area. She has worked in this field of expertise for more than 20 years. Her aim is to assist executors/trustees through the sometimes minefield of estate administration, as easy and stress-free as possible. Before joining Patterson Law in 2007, Chris’ working experience was with several other local law firms in Kaitaia and several in Auckland. She qualified for membership of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives in 2007 and has been a Fellow of the Institute since 2012. Chris spends her recreation time relaxing at home on a lifestyle block.

Contact Chris: cbuckby@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Amber Knight

Amber works out in the Mangonui Office from Tuesday to Friday and has worked in law firms since 1995 (apart from a 7 year break where she owned her own business). Amber’s area of work includes residential and commercial conveyancing, estates, wills, enduring powers of attorney.

Contact Amber: amberk@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Carol Kitchen

Carol has worked for Clive and subsequently Patterson Law since 1990 and is the firm’s trust account administrator. She deals with the day to day running of the trust account which includes receipt and payment of client funds and term deposits, completing settlements etc. She also deals with the day to day running of the firm’s office accounts including reconciling, GST and the payroll. Carol is a primary contact for LINZ and assists solicitors and legal executives with all aspects of the e-dealing process. Carol is involved with all aspects of AML/CFT requirements and reporting.

Contact Carol: carolk@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Loryn Davis

Loryn has worked in law firms since 1991 and joined the Patterson Law team in 2004. Primarily Loryn’s role is personal assistant to Mark Patterson. Loryn has experience in the drafting of all documents to complete residential and commercial conveyancing transactions, together with drafting and typing documents such as wills, enduring powers of attorney, deeds and Probate applications. Loryn is e-dealing capable and has knowledge and experience in the day-to-day running of our trust account.

Contact Loryn: lorynd@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Deborah Hartnell

Deborah joined the firm in 2019 as full time receptionist. She also assists all members of staff in an administrative role. Deborah previously worked in a law firm for four years and with the Ministry of Education for ten years. Outside of work she enjoys family time and relaxing with a book.

Contact Deborah: admin@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Nikki Williams

Nikki joined the firm in October 2013 as a part-time legal secretary. She has worked in law since 1988 – initially in Kaitaia for 8 years and then Auckland for 17 years, most recently working as PA to a Barrister. Nikki works as PA to Simon Punshon.

Contact Nikki: nikkiw@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Brenda Frost

Brenda rejoined the firm in 2018 and her primary role is legal secretary for Chris Buckby. Brenda has experience in the drafting of all documents to complete residential conveyancing transactions, drafting and typing documents such as wills, enduring powers of attorney, deeds, and probate applications. Brenda is a busy mother of two boys and enjoys spending time with her family & friends.

Contact Brenda: brendaf@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Clive Patterson

Clive commenced his legal career in January 1965 in Kaitaia and has remained here as a general practitioner until his retirement in 2015. Clive is a Notary Public who now attends the office on a Tuesday for pre-arranged appointments. Outside work he has been involved in numerous community groups including Lions club and Jaycees.

Mark Patterson

Mark commenced his legal career in April 2003 and became a partner in August 2006. He acquired the business from Clive in 2015. Mark works primarily in the fields of conveyancing, trusts, wills, estates, commercial law, relationship property and work related to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988. Outside work he plays tennis and is a keen musician (bass and drums).

Contact Mark: markp@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Simon Punshon

Simon commenced his legal career in 1984 working in several legal firms primarily in Auckland. In 2001 he and his family moved to Kaitaia and he set up his own practice. In June 2014 we welcomed Simon to Patterson Law as staff solicitor. He undertakes all types of Family Court work including care of children (including as Lawyer for the Child), domestic violence, adoptions, relationship property, employment issues and work related to the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988. Outside work Simon is a keen sports fan and enjoys beating Mark at golf.

Contact Simon: simonp@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Vaughn Hill

Vaughn joined the firm in April 2021 as a lawyer primarily in our Mangonui office. Vaughn can help with many aspects of general practice law, in particular conveyancing, wills, enduring powers of attorney and small business transactions. Vaughn is originally from the South Island, spending most of his early career in Temuka and Timaru.

Contact Vaughn: vaughnh@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Chris Buckby

Specialises in Conveyancing, Wills and Estates. Chris handles the bulk of the Patterson Law estates work and has extensive experience in this area. She has worked in this field of expertise for more than 20 years. Her aim is to assist executors/trustees through the sometimes minefield of estate administration, as easy and stress-free as possible. Before joining Patterson Law in 2007, Chris’s working experience was with other several other local law firms in Kaitaia and several in Auckland. She qualified for membership of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives in 2007 and has been a Fellow of the Institute since 2012. Chris spends her recreation time relaxing at home on a lifestyle block.

Contact Chris: cbuckby@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Amber Knight

Amber works out in the Mangonui Office from Tuesday to Friday and has worked in law firms since 1995 (apart from a 7 year break where she owned her own business). Amber’s area of work includes residential and commercial conveyancing, estates, wills, enduring powers of attorney.

Contact Amber: amberk@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Carol Kitchen

Carol has worked for Clive and subsequently Patterson Law since 1990 and is the firm’s trust account administrator. She deals with the day to day running of the trust account which includes receipt and payment of client funds and term deposits, completing settlements etc. She also deals with the day to day running of the firm’s office accounts including reconciling, GST and the payroll. Carol is a primary contact for LINZ and assists solicitors and legal executives with all aspects of the e-dealing process. Carol is involved with all aspects of AML/CFT requirements and reporting.

Contact Carol: carolk@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Loryn Davis

Loryn has worked in law firms since 1991 and joined the Patterson Law team in 2004. Primarily Loryn’s role is personal assistant to Mark Patterson. Loryn has experience in the drafting of all documents to complete residential and commercial conveyancing transactions, together with drafting and typing documents such as wills, enduring powers of attorney, deeds and Probate applications. Loryn is e-dealing capable and has knowledge and experience in the day-to-day running of our trust account.

Contact Loryn: lorynd@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Deborah Hartnell

Deborah joined the firm in 2019 as full time receptionist. She also assists all members of staff in an administrative role. Deborah previously worked in a law firm for four years and with the Ministry of Education for ten years. Outside of work she enjoys family time and relaxing with a book.

Contact Deborah: admin@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Nikki Williams

Nikki joined the firm in October 2013 as a part-time legal secretary. She has worked in law since 1988 – initially in Kaitaia for 8 years and then Auckland for 17 years, most recently working as PA to a Barrister. Nikki works as PA to Simon Punshon.

Contact Nikki: nikkiw@pattersonlaw.co.nz

Brenda Frost

Brenda rejoined the firm in 2018 and her primary role is legal secretary for Chris Buckby. Brenda has experience in the drafting of all documents to complete residential conveyancing transactions, drafting and typing documents such as wills, enduring powers of attorney, deeds, and probate applications. Brenda is a busy mother of two boys and enjoys spending time with her family & friends.

Contact Brenda: brendaf@pattersonlaw.co.nz