Rick is the youngest son of the firm’s founder George Palmer. He has been involved in the firm since childhood and recalls his first job was delivering cheques around Kaikohe for which he was paid in ice cream!
After completing a law degree at Otago, Rick commenced his legal career in Christchurch. A long stint practising overseas included many years as a partner of a large UK law firm.
After a decade away, Rick returned to NZ with his family in 1998 to head Palmer Macauley’s Kerikeri branch where he specialises in business law, farming, trust and property work. He also mans the Mangonui office on Tuesdays.
Active in the community, Rick was Chair of the Kerikeri High School Board of Trustees for nine years and coached junior hockey for years. He is currently a member of the Doubtless Bay Promotions committee and sits on the Boards of Waitangi Limited and Justitia.
Relieved of taxi driving now his boys are both at Otago, Rick's spare time is spent on a paddle board, a tennis court or something that makes music.
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Solicitor (England and Wales)
Sharon completed an LLB(Hons) law degree at London University in 1985 and completed her professional qualifications at Chester Law School in 1986. She finished her practical experience (Articles) at a top London Law firm in 1988 working as a solicitor in the commercial department before joining Plymouth law firm Bond Pearce.
Sharon has travelled extensively and came to live in New Zealand with her young family in 1998. She gained commercial experience at iconic New Zealand skin care company Living Nature before returning to practising law, joining the property team at Palmer Macauley in 2005, where she specialises in property law.
Sharon is a keen horse rider and revels in spending time with her family.
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Senior Solicitor / Litigation & Disputes
Tim practised for ten years as a barrister in England. He was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 2013 and joined Palmer Macauley in 2016 as an experienced litigator.
Tim’s expertise is property and asset related disputes and in particular issues relating to construction, professional negligence, lending, contracts, leases, land, employment and relationship property. He recommends addressing issues early to minimise costs and achieve the best possible outcome.
When not at work, Tim enjoys spending time with his family exploring the Far North.
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Registered Legal Executive
Formerly from Auckland, Lisa joined the Kerikeri offices of Palmer Macauley in January 2012.
She is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Legal Executives and has been a legal executive for most of her working life.
PA to Rick Palmer, Lisa also manages her own files as a legal executive handling conveyancing, finance, wills, powers of attorney and Trusts.
After hours, Lisa loves spending time with her husband and two daughters, and hobbies include cooking, travelling and diving.
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Simone is another product of Kaikohe, though is now based in the Kerikeri office. She came to law via a stint in the Kaikohe Court then an apprenticeship with a Kerikeri law firm.
Having joined Palmer Macauley in 2014 Simone is now part of the property and estates team. She’s also the ‘go to’ person when you want to know anything about anyone who lives within 50km radius of the area!
Simone is a devoted Mum including to Zeus, a black lab puppy.
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Frances joined Palmer Macauley in 2011. Based in Kerikeri, she is one of two secretaries providing full administrative support to the firm’s litigation team.
After hours, Frances is kept busy running a holiday home on a rural lifestyle block where she lives with her partner and daughter.
When time allows, the busy mum loves to indulge in her favourite Greek cuisine and playing or watching tennis.
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Originally from Wellington, Sandy spent most of her teens in Auckland going on to become a secretary and PA, with a background in law, publishing and corporate finance.
Sandy moved to Kerikeri in 1995, having met and married Kyn, a Northland charter fisherman.
Sandy enjoys photography, dabbling in art, reading, music, getting out on the water and spending time with family and friends.
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