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Michael
Duke
Annemarie
Nina
Sara
Heather
Yo

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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Duke


Greetings

Duke the Papillon lives in Clevedon with Michael and comes in to the office most days to ensure everyone is welcomed into the Metro Law offices with grand enthusiasm.

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Annemarie Schenk


Associate

Annemarie , of Ngāti Porou and Te Arawa, grew up in a little village called Kaingaroa Forest and attended high school in Rotorua.

After high school, she moved to Auckland to further her studies in Law and Business.  Annemarie has earned her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business degree majoring in HR, Employment Relations and Marketing.

Annemarie joined Metro Law mid-2017 and deals with private client matters. Annemarie has experience in property including relationship property, conveyancing and complex property issues. She also has experience with commercial law, trusts and estate work. She enjoys getting to know clients on a personal level and building long lasting relationships.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and meeting new people.

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Nina Sekerovic


Legal Executive

Nina grew up on the North Shore and began studying her Legal Executive Diploma part time while she worked full time at a major law firm. With the completion of her diploma in 2016, she has gained considerable experience in private client work. Nina has also completed a Business Diploma in Applied Management.

Nina has experience with conveyancing, developments, subdivisions, estates, wills, relationship property, trusts and commercial law. Her client-focused approach and meticulous attention to detail has helped her to create good working relationships with clients.

Away from the office, Nina enjoys travelling, hiking, spending time on the beach and good food.

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Sara Hotter


Legal Executive

Sara was born and bred in Papakura but moved to the North Shore in the early 2000s with her husband Robin.  Sara studied for her Legal Executive Diploma part time while being a stay-at-home parent looking after their 3 children – Zoe, Olivia & Tom.

Sara started working as a receptionist in a law firm in 2017 on a permanent part time basis and on attaining her diploma went full time and accepted the role of Practice Manager / Legal Executive.  In Sara’s move to Metro Law, she is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and building strong long lasting client relationships.

Sara loves the outdoors, and where possible spends time with her whanau gardening, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, cycling, skiing (and falling) and looking for any other adventures that come her way.

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Heather Archer


Legal Secretary

Heather grew up in a small town in the North East of England. She came to New Zealand in 2016 with the intention to explore and travel. She loved New Zealand too much to leave and has been with the Metro Law team since 2019.

Heather’s main role is to assist the team with administration and secretarial tasks, however she has some experience in assisting with the preparation of conveyancing documents and drafting wills. Her friendly and warm personality makes clients feel welcome and looked after.

Outside of the office, Heather enjoys running, swimming and catching up with friends and family.

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Yo (Johanna) Hood


Practice Manager

Johanna, known to all as Yo, was born and raised in Auckland. She has lived here most of her life except for a few years in London. She has qualifications in accounting and business management and has a master’s degree.

Yo has worked in accounts and administration for a variety of industries. She has been with Metro Law since 2019. Yo oversees the firm’s Trust Account, is the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer and keeps the office running smoothly. She has two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Hedy and Bella, who help her do this. They are very good at their job of helping keep the Metro Law office a cheerful place.

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