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Our People

Philip Annan [Lawyer] Philip Annan [Lawyer]

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My work is fascinating, intriguing and endlessly stimulating. I embrace the challenge of ongoing learning, keeping pace with relentless law change, and gaining an understanding of complicated legal principles. My purpose is to make practical use of those principles and put together a solution that works.

I’m intrigued by the puzzles that I’m given to solve. Buying and selling a house is not always simple. There are dozens of components and many combinations of how the puzzle pieces could be put together.

My focus is Elder Law (which includes retirement matters, wills, powers of attorney), Commercial Law, and Trusts. But I have an over-arching interest in every type of legal work we do. My favourite role is to ponder the strategy and then to come up with an appropriate course of action. I then work with the rest of our team to complete the details and tactics.

Overtime we have honed our team to a specialised unit. Technology plays a role in this, but more so, we are all long-term members of this team. Knowing each other makes us very efficient. Our team is very much like a family. Our interrelationships are vital for our wellbeing and for our clients wellbeing. Another advantage of our team approach is that each of us has built up considerable contacts in every area of law we work in. Those relationships really speed up our work and benefit our clients.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your puzzle.

Geoffrey Annan [Lawyer] Geoffrey Annan [Lawyer]

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I joined Annan Law in 2004 after finishing my law degree at Waikato University, around the tender age of 40. Prior to that I worked in hospitality and the rural and horticultural sectors in New Zealand, and rural and minerals exploration work in Western Australia.

I practice and enjoy the challenge of working in the following areas of law:

  • relationship property
  • employment
  • conveyancing
  • commercial leases
  • contract drafting
  • wills
  • enduring powers of attorney
  • residential building
  • franchising

In contrast to my work as a solicitor, I am also a Fire and Emergency NZ medical first responder with the Omokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade – it is a very rewarding role.

Stephanie Annan [Practice Manager] Stephanie Annan [Practice Manager]

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I’ve been supporting AnnanLaw/OmokoroaLaw by looking after the accounts since 2000 when I started on a part-time basis. Since 2008 I’ve also taken over the Practice Manager role which means I ensure that the rest of the team has the resources they need to serve our clients well. I really enjoy the accounting aspect of my work; it’s exact and rewarding.

A daily highlight for me is when our team comes together every morning and afternoon team time to share personal stories, developments and interests. We’ve been doing this forever, so I was quite surprised to recently discover that this is actually rare. It seems strange to me that every business doesn’t do something similar.

We are all friends here and I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that comes with a small team. I’m proud of this team and the way we help people with legal advice at the times in their lives that they need it most.

Hailey O'Brien [Receptionist/Secretary] Hailey O'Brien [Receptionist/Secretary]

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I have been apart of the lovely team here at AnnanLaw for a year. I am our front desk receptionist and also assist our Trusts and Estates Manager, Shanei. We take care of all family trust matters as well as estate administration. I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the short amount of time I have been working here and continue to do so every day.

We really take care of our clients here at AnnanLaw. I can always ensure they will have the most pleasant experience within our firm.

Brooke Rogers [Secretary] Brooke Rogers [Secretary]

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After working at a general practice law firm in East Auckland, I made the decision to move to Tauranga and have recently become apart of the wonderful team at AnnanLaw.

Primarily I will be assisting Michael with the conveyancing matters. I enjoy being able to help clients through what can be a stressful process.

I look forward to helping and working with the clients here at AnnanLaw.

Stephanie Leeves-Annan [Secretary]

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I am the 'newby' at AnnanLaw and am working as Geoff's secretary. My previous working life has been as an ECE and tertiary teacher and as a museum and art gallery photographer.

The team at AnnanLaw have been so welcoming and helpful - qualities that set the tenor for staff and clients. I look forward to meeting both new clients and returnees in the future.