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Michael Hemphill


Principal

Michael grew up in Auckland and studied law at Auckland University. During his degree he took some time out to travel during which time he lived in the UK and Ireland. Michael spent a lot of time in the countryside working with horses, on a stud farm and as polo groom. Back home he graduated with his LLB and was admitted to the bar in 1996.

He practised in general civil litigation for three years before taking up commercial law and has since concentrated on trusts, property and general commercial work.

Michael believes the best thing about being a commercial lawyer is that he gets to be involved in so many different and exciting businesses with inventors, entrepreneurs and creatives.

Michael has worked in country practices where it’s all hands to the pump. Learning to adapt, this has given them both a background in many facets of the law other than the ones they now focus on.

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Estates

Trusts

Property

Commercial

MacGregor Chapman


Associate

Mac was born in Wellington and grew up on the North Shore of Auckland. He graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and an LLB with honours in 2011. He joined Metro Law and was admitted to the bar in May of 2012.  Mac was made an associate of the firm in 2015.

Since joining the firm Mac has had experience in a wide range of areas including company structuring, trust structuring, relationship property, commercial and residential property transactions and estates. 

Mac is particularly adept in the commercial aspects of Metro Law’s services such as shareholder agreements, leasing, terms of trade, share issues and sales, and the buying and selling of businesses.

Mac enjoys the practical and proactive approach to legal advice that Metro Law provides to its clients on a day to day basis instead of simply stopping at the legal answer. In his spare time Mac can be found on the cricket field, football pitch or travelling around New Zealand.

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Property

Commercial

Lucy Wright


Solicitor

Born in Auckland, Lucy decided to make the move to Wellington and study law at Victoria. After finishing her study, and completing her professionals in 2014, Lucy returned to Auckland to be closer to her family.

Lucy began working at Metro Law in 2015 and mainly practises in the trust and commercial areas of the firm. She is keen to build her skills in each of the firm’s three areas and gain more experience in property transactions. Lucy particularly enjoys meeting with clients and seeks to ensure that clients always understand each part of the transaction.

In her spare time Lucy loves spending time at Matarangi beach in the Coromandel and getting out and about around Auckland on the weekend. She also enjoys playing in the firm’s indoor netball team.

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Estates

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Commercial

Melanie Forsman


Registered Legal Executive

Melanie grew up in Lake Okareka, Rotorua, and attended boarding school in Cambridge.  She completed her Legal Executive Diploma in 2009 and also holds an Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama. Melanie is a Registered Legal Executive and joined the team at Metro Law in 2011, after moving from Hamilton to Auckland to further her legal career.

While the majority of her work is focused on residential conveyancing, she also completes trust and estate work, and enjoys assisting on commercial transactions.

Melanie particularly enjoys assisting first home buyers through the process of purchasing their first home and the varied work that she completes. She also appreciates the flexibility and growth that Metro Law offers.

Melanie is currently studying towards her LLB part time, which she is due to complete in 2017. In her spare time she enjoys running, travelling and trying new foods with her husband who is a chef.

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Estates

Trusts

Property

Commercial

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