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

Anna Bernie


Anna Bernie

Having been born and raised in Gisborne, Anna returned to Gisborne to practice law after graduating from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Japanese in 2004.

Anna then continued her legal practice at a central Wellington firm before moving to Hawkes Bay in March 2015 with her Hastings born and bred husband and their two young children.

Anna works in the following areas:

  • Property
  • Trusts, estates & succession planning
  • Wills & powers of attorneys
  • Relationship property

Anna has a particular interest in:

  • Property
  • Trusts, estates & succession planning
  • Relationship property

Outside of work Anna likes to enjoy the Hawkes Bay lifestyle with family and friends.

Will Hawkins


Will Hawkins

Will graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2006 and has been primarily practicing criminal law in the private and public sector.

Will works in the following areas of criminal practice:

  • Jury Trials
  • Appeals
  • Police & other Government Department prosecutions

Will has a particular interest in:

  • Civil & Commercial litigation
  • Military law

Outside of work Will serves in the local Army reserve unit and enjoys the Hawkes Bay lifestyle with family and friends.


Amy Cowan

Amy has wide ranging experience in property law, with a focus on subdivisions, property developments and commercial and residential conveyancing.

She is a Conveyancing Practitioner and Registered Legal Executive and has extensive experience advising on Lending and Regulated Financial Services, and has provided high level advice to lenders, borrowers, and guarantors in all types of commercial and private transactions.

Amy also serves as an Executive Board Member for the NZ Society of Conveyancers and is a member of the Standards Committee.

Amy has both managed and been involved with the following range of transaction:

  • Joint ventures to apply for town planning changes to maximise future urban growth
  • Subdivisions of urban housing, rural lifestyle estates and horticultural/viticultural land
  • Freeholding of unit title and cross lease properties
  • Large scale Auckland subdivisions (300 plus lots within numerous stages)
  • The establishment and legal management of a mid-sized wholesale lending company in Auckland
  • Establishment and ongoing management of owners’ associations and joint access ownership lots via encumbrances, covenants, and easements.

Amy moved down from Auckland recently and is enjoying the pace of life in Hawke’s Bay. She holds a Diploma in Dance and Theatre Arts and has an ongoing interest in musical theatre.  While a known performer, Amy is also a Trustee of the Amici Trust and a committee member for the Napier Operatic Society.

Jane Howden

Senior Associate

Jane Howden

Jane has been in practice for a number of years and has considerable experience in a wide variety of legal matters. She is involved in a number of community groups and organisations.

Jane has experience in all aspects of conveyancing, commercial, trusts, estates and succession planning. She also assists first home buyers.

Originally from Taranaki, Jane attended Victoria University, graduating in 1986. She has worked in general practice with a number of firms in both Napier and Hastings.

In Jane’s spare time she enjoys tramping, cycling and spending time with friends and family.

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