About Us

Welcome to Beattie Rickman Legal. Where we value experience, compassion, integrity. We have history. We have helped multiple generations of families in their journey’s through life and the law, dating back to figure out in Te Aroha.

We are approachable. We may be lawyers, but we speak language that allows you to make informed decisions. We pride ourselves on providing expert legal advice you can understand and implement.

We are modern. We build on our history rather than being constrained by it. We don’t have to be local to help. We can meet with you online or wherever you are based.

We are on your team. We help you achieve the best results for you and your situation.

We are here to help and look forward to hearing from you.

About Us

Welcome to Beattie Rickman Legal, where we combine a rich heritage with modern expertise to serve you better. Since 1893, our firm has been a pillar in Te Aroha, guiding multiple generations of families through their legal journeys with experience, compassion, and integrity.

At Beattie Rickman Legal, we’re more than just lawyers—we’re your trusted advisors. We speak clearly and simply, ensuring you have the information you need to make informed decisions. Our commitment is to provide you with expert legal advice that is not only understandable but actionable.

While we honour our past, we are not bound by it. Our approach is forward-thinking and adaptable, ensuring we can assist you effectively, no matter where you are located. Whether online or face-to-face, we are equipped to meet your needs.

Being part of your team means we are dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for you and your unique circumstances.

At Beattie Rickman Legal, we are ready to assist you. We look forward to being a part of your story

Meet the team

Travis Thoms

Director – LLB, BSocSc

Jade Silvester

Director – LLB, BMS (1st Hons)

John Wiltshire

Senior Counsel – LLB

Annie Sedgley

Associate/ Registered Legal Executive – NZ Dip Bus NZILE, BBUS Mgmt & Comm Law

Kiran Singh

Associate – LLB, BBA (Fin)

Harsimran Mahal

Associate – LLB (First Class Hons) / BMS

Jan Patterson

Registered Legal Executive – NZ Dip Bus NZILE

Emma-Lee Rowe

Legal Executive 

Niru Wijesundara

Solicitor – LLB

Arshdeep Sidhu

Solicitor – LLB

Luciana Quinn

Legal Assistant – LLB

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Travis

Travis is a logical and analytical lawyer. He is known for his ability to develop and maintain client trust and long-term client relationships.

Travis is a Director of Beattie Rickman Legal whose practice embraces a broad range of practice areas. Whether you are buying or selling, looking to protect or provide or just want to find your way through a conflict situation then Travis can assist.

If you are looking for a trusted advisor who has sound judgement, is analytical but with the ability to relate to people and to understand their needs then consider contacting Travis.

Jade

Jade is one of the directors at Beattie Rickman Legal and has been with the firm since she returned to Hamilton in 2012 to resume practicing law in NZ. Jade is a critical member of the BRL team. Her legal nous and personable nature make her a wonderful lawyer to work alongside.

Jade has experience across a range of practice areas, including commercial contracts, property and development and asset structuring. She is often described as smart and astute by her clients. Staff and clients alike enjoy working with Jade both because of her encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and because of the methodical manner in which she approaches problem solving. A key skill that Jade has is her ability to draft and review complex legal documents. If you are looking for a problem solver who is clever and experienced, then give Jade a call.

Outside of work you will find Jade spending time with her partner and three children.

John

John embarked on his legal journey in 1973, culminating in his joining Beattie Rickman Legal in 2000. His primary areas of focus include conveyancing, commercial and rural law, wills and trusts, as well as succession planning for families and individuals.

Beyond his legal prowess, John boasts a diverse background, having been actively involved in sports during his formative years. This gives him a unique perspective and extensive knowledge in sports law.

Moreover, John has dedicated countless years of community work, serving on various boards and administration. This involvement has honed his skills as a seasoned lawyer who takes pleasure in guiding his colleagues at Beattie Rickman Legal to expand their knowledge and capabilities.

Since 2005, John has also held the esteemed position of a notary public, John offers this valuable service to our clients.

Annie

Annie hails from the winterless north. Prior to joining Beattie Rickman in January 2014 Annie worked in Auckland doing debt collection assisting with civil litigation from disputes tribunal applications through to liquidation and bankruptcy proceedings before moving to Duthie Whyte assisting with intellectual property, PPSR securities and bloodstock agreements. 

Annie qualified as a Legal Executive in 2009 and also holds a Bachelor of Business in Commercial Law and Management and a New Zealand Diploma in Business after attending Auckland University of Technology.  She is also a member of Te Hunga Roia Maori o Aotearoa (The Māori Law Society) and a member of NZILE.

Annie can assist you with a wide range of services from estates, wills and enduring powers of attorney, trusts, and in particular conveyancing matters including rural farm transactions, kiwisaver and Papakainga Maori land and occupation right agreements.  

Outside of the office Annie is a mum of three, manages a rugby league team, secretary of her marae committee and enjoys baking and crafts.

Kiran

Kiran has been with the Beattie Rickman Legal team for over 7 years.

Kiran began her legal career with Beattie Rickman as a graduate solicitor after a short stint in accounting and has since developed her passion for law with our team.  

Being raised on a farm near Morrinsville, Kiran stayed close to home and graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Business Analysis – Financial, majoring in accounting.  

Kiran enjoys the variety of legal services our team provides with a particular interest in asset protection, succession planning, commercial and property law including sales and purchases of businesses and farms, leases and shareholders matters.

With her attention to detail, experience, and practical approach to law, Kiran provides valuable and solution-oriented advice enabling our clients to achieve their goals.

Kiran enjoys spending time with her family and friends outside of the office.

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Jan

Meet Jan, a cornerstone of our team with over 15 years of invaluable experience. Based in our Te Aroha office, Jan specializes in estates administration, leveraging her deep understanding of both the clients needs and the firms’ operations to optimize her job with great efficiency. A true local, Jan has been an integral part of the Te Aroha community her entire life, fostering strong connections throughout the district. 

Beyond her legal expertise, Jan’s passions extend to her rural roots. Hailing from a farming background, she thrives on her lifestyle block, where she tends to two donkeys, three chickens, and nurtures both an orchard and a vege garden. Always approachable and eager to help, Jan welcomes you to drop by for a chat whenever you need guidance of legal matters.

Emma-Lee

Emma-Lee brings over a decade of invaluable experience to Beattie Rickman Legal’s team. Having joined as a Legal Executive in 2009, she quickly became an integral part of our operations. In 2017, Emma-Lee made the transition to a part-time role while taking on the responsibilities of Trust Account Administrator. Her expertise has consistently contributed to the smooth functioning of our firm.

Niru

Discover Niru’s expertise at Beattie Rickman. With roots in the picturesque town of Taupo, Niru brings a fresh perspective to our legal team. Formerly with Immigration New Zealand and a boutique firm in Auckland.

Niru offers seasoned insight into Commercial law, Property law, Immigration law, and enduring powers of attorney & trusts.

Beyond the boardroom, Niru’s passion shines as a Kyokushin fighter, thriving in numerous competitions. Ready to tackle your legal needs with skill and dedication, Niru is here to guide you through every step of the process.

Arshdeep

Meet Arshdeep, a dedicated and skilled solicitor at Beattie Rickman. Raised in Hamilton with proud roots from India.

Arshdeep brings valuable perspectives to practice with former experience at a boutique firm, specializing in Commercial law, Property law, and Enduring Powers of Attorney & Trusts.

Also fluent in both Hindi and Punjabi, he can communicate effectively with a diverse clientele. Beyond his professional life, Arshdeep enjoys embracing his heritage through Punjabi cultural dance. Committed and approachable, Arshdeep is ready to assist you with your legal needs.

Luciana

Luciana is a recent graduate of The University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Law and is on track for admission to the bar. Luciana contributes across various practice areas, notably in commercial and property matters, relationship agreements, wills and estates. 

Known for her diligence and meticulous attention to detail, Luciana excels in the dynamic environment of Beattie Rickman Legal. She approaches her legal work with passion, continuously seeking to broaden her skills and deepen her understanding of the law.

Born and raised in the Waikato region, Luciana fully immerses herself in all that the area has to offer including hunting, fishing, 4-wheel driving, and surfing. Beyond her active lifestyle, Luciana enjoys spending time with her partner and doting on her nieces and nephew. 

Toni

Toni is the warm and welcoming presence who greets you when you enter our Hamilton office. 

Beyond offering essential assistance to our entire team, she adeptly manages our phone lines, ensuring prompt responses to client queries. 

Alongside working here at Beattie Rickman Legal, Toni also teaches dance and is embracing the joys and challenges of motherhood as a new mum.

Sydney

Sydney is a second-year law student with a passion for learning and a drive to make a difference. Eager to expand her legal knowledge and skills, Sydney actively assists various team members with administrative work, drafting documents and thorough legal research. 

Her time management and strong work ethic makes her an asset to Beattie Rickman Legal.

Outside of her academic pursuits, Sydney enjoys going to the gym, catching up with friends and watching sports. 

McKenzie

McKenzie is currently in her second year at the University of Waikato, completing a Bachelor of Law, minoring in Agribusiness.

McKenzie’s role within the firm provides support to lawyers and legal executives as required, while assisting with administrative tasks such as filing and drafting documents.

Outside of work and study, McKenzie enjoys competing her horses in Dressage and Eventing, and spending time with friends and family.

Erica

Erica joined our Beattie Rickman Legal team in September 2021. 

Erica is a graduate of the University of Waikato, with a Bachelor of Laws and a major in accounting. She completed her professional legal studies course through College of Law and was admitted as a Solicitor in July 2021. 

While Erica assists in a variety of areas she has a particular interest in relationship property matters, commercial and property matters including commercial financing and leasing, asset planning (trusts and estates) and employment matters.  

Erica’s previous experience also involves a background of acting for charitable organisations and not for profit entities.

Erica enjoys problem solving and her positive “can do” attitude and approach towards any legal tasks received from clients sees her taking the initiative to go above and beyond in order to provide a service of the highest standard.

Outside of the office, you will find Erica enjoying swimming, CrossFit, and spending quality time with family and friends.