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About Skeates Law

Graeme Skeates

Director

Graeme graduated with a law degree from Auckland University in 1974. He was a partner in a city firm before establishing a suburban law firm of which he was a senior partner for 10 years.

Graeme has a wealth of knowledge and experience and has undertaken his own development projects so he understands the intricacies of complex projects and subdivisions.

Graeme has been married for more than 40 years and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

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Cheryl Simpson

Solicitor

Senior Associate

Cheryl’s broad skillset sees her operating in a wide range of areas with particular skills in family law. Talk to Cheryl in confidence about how we can help you.

Cheryl has experience in all areas of estate planning from straightforward wills and enduring powers of attorney, through to family trusts and relationship property agreements, as well as commercial and residential conveyancing, non-standard property ownership and family lending arrangements.

After an intensive course of study at Waikato University Cheryl attained her law degree in just over two years, a significant achievement in anyone’s book. Not one to rest on her laurels, she also has a degree in biomedical science and is able to read, write and converse in both french and mandarin chinese.

As diverse outside the office as she is in it, Cheryl is a passionate sports fan with particular interests in rugby, league, and cricket (the purists five-day version of course!), while her aptitude with the french horn has seen several internationally acclaimed orchestras come knocking on her door.

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James Watson

Solicitor

James works in the areas of trusts, wills, enduring powers of attorney and residential property transactions.

Before joining Skeates Law, James was the Head Coach for a leading Auckland Swimming Club and he maintains a keen interest in sports. James competes in weekly social sports teams and has very high standards in everything he does.

James grew up overseas and lived in Egypt, Sweden and Vietnam. This has grounded him with a rich experience and helps him think outside the box when working with clients on finding solutions.

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Alia Shkarupa

Registered Legal Executive

Alia is a legal executive who works in a broad range of matters with a particular slant towards residential conveyancing, including restructures, refinancing and trust matters.

 

Alia ensures the clients’ interests are at the forefront and prides herself on attention to detail. She is a reliable and flexible member of the team. Alia has a beautiful young daughter Catherine and enjoys spending holidays with her family exploring and visiting new places.

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Hannah Bennett

Registered Legal Executive

Hannah grew up in West Auckland and has remained a true Westie, literally. 

Hannah has 16 years of legal experience having joined her first legal firm in 2002.  Hannah completed her Legal Executive Diploma in 2009 and became a Registered Legal Executive in 2011.

Hannah joined Skeates Law in 2014 and was admitted as an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives in 2015.  She plans to start working towards her law degree in 2019.

Hannah’s area of expertise is primarily Property Law which includes residential houses, units, apartment, subdivisions and is proficient in “off-the-plans” agreements.  She is also extremely competent the administration of estates, formation of Trusts, estate planning and preparation of wills. 

Clients really appreciate Hannah’s friendly disposition and efficiency.  She is passionate about her career and all that it entails.

A mum through and through, Hannah enjoys spending time outside of work with her three children (two teenagers and a toddler) and week(end) nights blobbing in front of the TV with a glass of wine.  In the small amount of “alone” time she does get, she enjoys getting to the gym for a Body Pump or Boxing class.

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Rebecca Bartlett

Registered Legal Executive

Rebecca enjoys a particular focus on residential conveyancing and re-financing of both homes, investment and trade properties.  In the past she has also been heavily involved with retirement village work (acting for villages and also residents) and large scale developments acting for purchasers and developers.

She lives and breathes property, being an investor herself, managing her own hold properties and venturing into trading as well.  She is on the board of the Auckland Property Investor Association (APIA) where she greatly enjoys mingling and swapping knowledge with likeminded investors.

Outside of property, Rebecca enjoys music, cooking, socialising with friends and family, keeping fit and is a passionate All Black supporter!

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CONTACT

address

Level 1, 19 Auburn
Street, Newton, 1023

email

graeme@skeateslaw.co.nz
cheryl@skeateslaw.co.nz

phone

09 369 5230

fax

09 369 5231

postal address

PO Box 56179
Dominion Road
Auckland 1446

OUR FOCUS

  • Sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties including ‘off the plans’ contracts
  • Subdivisions
  • Property developments
  • Refinancing
  • Asset Structuring including Trusts, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Buying and selling of businesses
  • Leases
  • Property Relationship matters