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

If you are not fully vaccinated, we are unable to hold face-to-face meetings with you and will instead arrange meetings with you by telephone or video call. On arrival to the office, we will sight and scan your Vaccine Pass.
All meetings with our team members must be scheduled in advance. We are limiting the number of clients at our office to ensure physical distancing.
Please scan in and wear a face covering. We have disposable face masks if you need them, and manual contact tracing is available.
We ask that you respect the members of our team who are taking the necessary precautions and following the required Government guidelines to help us all stay well.


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

Michelle de Jong

Senior Solicitor

Michelle de Jong

Michelle moved from the Bay of Plenty to Hawkes’ Bay in 2018 to pursue her interest in family law. She enjoys the people aspect of family law and her life experience helps her to connect with people.

She holds a law degree from Waikato University and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University. Prior to practicing law, Michelle held management roles with a variety of fruit growing organisations.
Outside of law Michelle enjoys biking, rowing, walking and theatre.

Areas of family law include:

  • Parenting Orders
  • Protection Orders
  • Oranga Tamariki matters
  • Relationship Property
  • Family Protection
  • Protection Personal Property
  • Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Michelle undertakes legal aid.


Morgan Duckworth

Morgan was raised on a cattle ranch in the mountains of Montana, USA before her family immigrated to New Zealand in 2004 to run a Central Hawke’s Bay beef station.

She received a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington and was admitted to the Bar in December 2013. Morgan also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Following her role as an in-house lawyer for a government agency in Wellington, Morgan moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she worked in various management roles. She has recently returned home to Hawke’s Bay with her Kiwi husband and joined Bramwell Bate in 2020.

Morgan works in the areas of:

  • Property
  • Company & Commercial
  • Banking & Finance
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Wills & Powers of Attorney
  • Rural
  • Employment

Morgan enjoys all that this beautiful region has to offer, including surfing, hiking, mountain biking, helping out on the family farm, and sampling delicious Hawke’s Bay food and wine.