who we are.

We are business, trust and private client law experts. We are able to offer the same level of expertise, quality and client service as a big firm in a smaller, more personal and cost-effective environment. We are professional, but we are also down to earth and practical people who enjoy working with clients to solve their problems and achieve their goals.

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Email
matt.hay@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3741
MOBILE
027 245 1403

Matt Hay PRINCIPAL

Matt is a former partner of a leading national law firm. Matt specialises in advising businesses on structuring, governance, acquisitions and disposals, as well as a range of trust and personal property matters.

What clients love about Matt

Clients love Matt for his clear thinking and communication, his extensive business and trust law expertise and his knack for making the complex seem easy.

Outside work

Matt is married with three children and is an avid fan of Americana music. He plays and sings a bit himself. Have a listen at matthay1.bandcamp.com

Memberships

Matt is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society.

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Email
lloyd.davies@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3746
MOBILE
027 455 0960

Lloyd Davies PRINCIPAL

Lloyd is an experienced lawyer with over 20 years' experience in a wide range of property, environmental, commercial and regulatory environments. He has worked in large commercial law firms and as in-house counsel.

Lloyd specialises in advising businesses and their owners on a range of commercial and property matters including acquisitions and disposals, leasing and subdivisions. He also advises individuals on wide range of personal property matters.

What clients love about Lloyd

Clients love Lloyd for his pragmatic advice and ability to provide expert, tailored legal solutions.

Outside work

Lloyd is married with four children and, despite graduating 20 years ago, is still playing football for his University club.

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Email
mell.clarke-cornor@succeedlegal.co.nz

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04 909 3744
MOBILE
021 655 476

Mell Clarke-Cornor PRINCIPAL

Mell has over 15 years’ experience and specialises in advising on residential and commercial property transactions, other property-related matters including leases and subdivisions, relationship property, trusts and estate and succession planning.

What clients love about Mell

Clients love Mell for her personable and friendly approach and for getting the job done quickly and efficiently.

Outside work

Mell loves spending time with her family, playing and watching sport, keeping fit and generally enjoying life.

Mell works Monday 9.30am to 2pm, Tuesday 9am to 4.30pm, Wednesday 8am to 5pm, Friday 8am to 5pm

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Email
beth.mccall@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3742
MOBILE
022 390 0560

Beth McCall PRINCIPAL

Beth began her legal career working in two leading national law firms. Beth specialises in property and private client matters, including residential and commercial property transactions, leasing and subdivisions, relationship property, trustees and estate and succession planning. Beth has a particular passion for charities and not-for-profit law and provides advice to charities and other non-profit organisations on a range of operational and constitutional matters.

What clients love about Beth

Clients love Beth’s passion for her work and her ability to understand what really matters to them.

Outside work

Beth is a busy mum of two young children who rarely give her much time to sit down. Beth lives in Petone and loves to spend her spare time soaking up the culture of the area.

Beth works Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.30am to 2pm.

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Email
david.chapman@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3555
MOBILE
027 448 7032

David Chapman CONSULTANT

David was the partner in a leading national law firm for over 20 years before he and Jeff Tong established Chapman Tong Law, a successful boutique legal practice that provided legal services to private and small business clients before it merged with Succeed Legal in 2020.

David is a trust specialist who advises clients on personal and small business matters including trusts, wills, elder law and estates.

What clients love about David

Clients love David for his sensible, pragmatic and personalised advice.

Outside work

David is married with two adult children. He enjoys his wife’s Pilates classes, plays golf with varying degrees of success and is a keen flyfisher. When he can’t get to a river, David ties his own flies, often with an overly optimistic view of their effectiveness.

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Email
jeff.tong@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3554
MOBILE
027 564 8652

Jeff Tong CONSULTANT

Jeff has wide-ranging experience in property and conveyancing matters. He worked with a large national firm for 20 years before he and David Chapman established Chapman Tong Law, where they practised for 15 years before it merged with Succeed Legal in 2020.

Jeff advises clients on the sale, purchase and leasing of commercial and residential properties, the sale and purchase of businesses and subdivisions.

What clients love about Jeff

Clients love Jeff for his clear and concise interactions with clients and his affable nature.

Outside work

Jeff is married with two sons. Jeff and his wife Wendy are occupied most weeks with ballroom dancing lessons for beginners.

Memberships

Jeff is a member of the Property Law Section of New Zealand Law Society.

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Email
eddie.jackson@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3747
MOBILE
021 399 836

Eddie Jackson ASSOCIATE

Eddie graduated from Victoria University with an LLB in 2015 and was admitted to the bar in June 2016. Eddie works with privately owned businesses on a range of matters including sale and purchase transactions, business structuring and corporate governance. Eddie also advises on a range of not-for-profit, trust and personal property matters.

What clients love about Eddie

Clients love Eddie's easygoing and approachable nature and his prompt and pragmatic advice.

Outside work

Eddie enjoys spending time with his friends and family and also spearfishing and freediving in New Zealand and abroad.

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Email
rory.josayma@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3751

Rory Josayma LAWYER

Rory is just starting out in law, having graduated with an LLB in 2019. His interest lies mainly in commercial law. Previously, Rory has interned in Kuala Lumpur, working on a range of civil and criminal matters. He has also volunteered with the Wellington Community Justice Project and at Lawyers for Liberty in Malaysia.

What clients love about Rory

Clients love Rory for his calm manner, diligence and genuine interest in helping them find a solution.

Outside work

In his spare time, Rory likes to cook, stay hydrated, watch pay-per-view boxing and MMA events and play/write music with his friends.

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Email
amelia.wheeler@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3552

Amelia Wheeler LAWYER

Amelia is starting out on her law career, graduating in 2020 from Victoria University with a conjoint degree in a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts. Amelia has previously been working for our team as our chief Deeds Clerk while studying and gaining a range of experience.

What clients love about Amelia

Clients love Amelia for her efficiency and the energy she brings to her work.

Outside work

Amelia has her NZ Netball Badge in Umpiring, so in her spare time, you will find her running the length of the netball court. Of course, that’s when she’s not throwing herself into further study – she’s no stranger to hard work.

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Email
grace.brosnahan@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3759

Grace Brosnahan Lawyer

Grace has kick started her legal career after graduating from the University of Otago in 2021 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology. Alongside her studies, Grace has also volunteered at Community Law in Dunedin to continue to develop her skills and help out in the community. Before joining us in Wellington, she also spent some time travelling Europe and undertaking some of her studies at the University of Amsterdam.

What clients love about Grace

Clients love Grace for her calm and welcoming attitude.

Outside work

Grace grew up on the Kāpiti Coast and loves to travel, including the odd weekend away with friends up the slopes of Ruapehu or seeking out some of New Zealand’s best beaches when she can.

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Email
nicky.smith@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3743

Nicky Smith LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Nicky has worked in legal services for most of her working career – first, as a legal secretary and more recently as a legal executive. Nicky specialises in the administration of estates, wills and enduring powers of attorney, trusts and estate and succession planning.

What clients love about Nicky

Clients love Nicky’s calm and understanding manner, and her quiet efficiency - Nicky gets the job done with the minimum of fuss.

Outside work

Nicky enjoys spending time with her family (she has two beautiful girls) and has been known to unleash the inner rocker at the odd big concert or two.

Nicky works Monday to Thursday from 9.15am to 2.15pm

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Email
sophie.lewin@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3750

Sophie Lewin LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Sophie is new to legal services, but has taken to it like an old hand. Sophie specialises in residential property transactions – helping people buy and sell houses and refinance their home loans. She also assists clients with completing wills and enduring powers of attorney.

What clients love about Sophie

Clients love Sophie’s quietly assured way, her clear communication and her remarkable memory.

Outside work

Sophie loves spending time with her family (and it’s a big one) and socialising with her friends.

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Email
tessa.amey@succeedlegal.co.nz

DDI
04 909 3757

Tessa Amey LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Tessa has spent most of her working career in legal services as a legal secretary/assistant and legal executive. Tessa specialises in residential property transactions. She also assists clients with trust and estate planning matters including completing wills and enduring powers of attorney.

What clients love about Tessa

Clients love Tessa’s get it done attitude.

Outside work

Tessa enjoys spending time with her young family and socialising with her friends.

Tessa works Monday 6.30am to 4.30pm, Wednesday 7am to 3.30pm, Thursday and Friday 7am to 4.30pm.