Our office is open, and we are following Government guidelines to ensure we keep both you and our team safe.

All meetings with our team members must be scheduled in advance. Please wear a face covering when visiting our office. We have disposable face masks if you need them.
We ask that you respect the members of our team who are taking the necessary precautions and following the required guidelines to help us all stay well.


Find our team members
who have the right expertise to assist you
with your legal requirements.

Client Administrator

Sarah Bartle

Sarah is responsible for collecting client due diligence information and maintaining records necessary for AML compliance. She also looks after deeds and provides backup for reception.

Legal Secretary

Clarissa Botes

Clarissa moved to the beautiful Hawke’s Bay early in 2021, following five years in Auckland after immigrating from South Africa in 2016. Clarissa loves cooking and baking, enjoys entertaining with family and friends, and of course spending time with her hubby and two kids.

Legal Secretary

Jenny Day

Jenny joined the team at Bramwell Bate in 2018 following a move back to Napier from Central Hawke’s Bay, where she worked with a Waipukurau law firm for more than ten years. Jenny enjoys spending time walking the many beautiful trails around Napier, renovating her home, and trying to keep up with her young granddaughter.

Senior Legal Assistant

Jude Hay

Jude brings to the firm more than twenty years’ experience in conveyancing and family law. When not busy organising the office lotto or our Friday drinks, Jude enjoys spending time with friends, tramping in the hills, walking her Labradoodle Harry and relaxing with a fine wine.

Legal Secretary

Cathi Keenan

Cathi relocated to the Bay from Queenstown in 2017 to be closer to family and friends. She joined Bramwell Bate the same year. The legal profession has sparked her interest and she is currently studying towards the Legal Executive Diploma. When not studying or working, Cathi is out walking her dog, biking, kayaking, and exploring the great restaurants, vineyards and local beaches on offer in the area.

Front Office Executive

Wendy McIntyre

Wendy joined the firm in January 2021 following her return to Hawke’s Bay from Wellington, where she was the Sports Coordinator at Wellington High School. Wendy is a keen sportsperson and is enjoying being back in the Bay which allows her to spend time with family and friends.

Billing Coordinator

Jodie Lawson

Jodie brings to the firm ten years’ experience in accounts roles and joined us in 2020 as Billing Coordinator. In this newly created role, Jodie oversees the processing of the firm’s invoices, letters of engagements and accounts rendered.

Legal Assistant

Chloé Smart

Chloé was born and raised in the Northeast of England and emigrated to New Zealand in 2007. She spent 12 years in Auckland before relocating to Hawke’s Bay with her husband. Prior to joining Bramwell Bate, Chloé was a receptionist at a local Hastings law firm for a couple of years following ten years in the insurance industry. In her spare time, Chloé enjoys renovating her 1920s villa, collecting cats and plants, and sampling local Hawke’s Bay wines.

Legal Secretary

Wendy Grant

Wendy has around 30 years’ experience in the legal sector in Australia and joined the firm in late 2020.  She provides legal secretarial support to the criminal and family law team.  Outside the office, Wendy spends most of her time enjoying the outdoors whether it be the beach, diving, hiking or checking out the local vineyards on her electric scooter.