Grant obtained his law degree from Auckland University and has practiced in Tauranga for many years. In 2000, seeking a wider challenge, he took up the position of Principal Disputes Tribunal Referee in Wellington. After completing this contracted term, Grant returned to Auckland, where he continued to practice law.
In 2017 the opportunity was presented to return to Mount Maunganui and purchase the very well-respected firm that is now The Mount Lawyers Limited. Grant brings comprehensive experience and expertise to all aspects of Property, Subdivision, Commercial leasing, and Conveyancing Law. In the realm of Dispute Resolution, he has a wealth of experience from his years in the Disputes Tribunal, preferring negotiation and mediation to the battle of Litigation. In addition, Commercial Law, settlement of Relationship Property issues, as well as Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration, all sit comfortably within his expertise.
Outside of the office, when a busy practice allows, his interests are family, motorcycle touring, travel and a variety of motorsports.
Vanessa is a Registered Legal Executive with a specific focus on; Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Property, Trust and Estate Administration matters.
After many years in Auckland, Vanessa moved to Tauranga with her young family, and working in legal firms for 20 years, joined the team at The Mount Lawyers in October 2020.
The large loyal client base that is behind The Mount Lawyers keeps her very busy. A warm and friendly professional approach to complex and ongoing matters such as Wills and Estates and their ongoing management sees many returning clients extremely happy with Vanessa.
Always happy to leave the office to visit clients at home is another of Vanessa’s strengths. Vanessa loves Mount Maunganui, the beach and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Sebastian (Seb) graduated Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Canterbury University in 2014. In the intervening years prior to joining The Mount Lawyers in early 2021, Seb has practiced in his hometown of Taupo, an overseas stint in Belfast, Northern Ireland and also Auckland, then moving to Tauranga.
While Seb has a broad legal background, his focus at law is on ‘all things property’, including business sales and acquisitions, trusts and general asset planning matters – including Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.
Whether you are first home purchasers with Kiwi-Saver home start, subdividing, selling or purchasing a business with a commercial lease or maybe selling your family home to build that dream home. Seb can talk you through the process.
Seb is quick to grasp the issues at hand and brings his vibrant fresh outlook to deal with these in a no-nonsense practical manner.
Recently purchased a new home in Tauranga with Kelsey, Seb looks to grow his client base and professional influence. A benefit of familial heritage also sees Seb fluent in Swiss-German.
Outside of the office, Seb is an active participant in collegial business development forums and is into anything involving fitness and sports.
Shevaun is our Legal Assistant, assisting Seb and Vanessa, gaining a wide variety of skills and knowledge.
Moving back to Tauranga after completing her Law and Arts (Film and Media Studies) degrees at the University of Otago receiving her LLB and BA qualifications. Shevaun’s next step is working towards her professional legal studies course so she can be admitted to the role of barristers and solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand.
Shevaun loves being home after living in Dunedin and outside of work, she tries to make the most of what the sunny bay has to offer by spending time with her partner and fiancé Ryan, friends and family and getting outdoors often 4WD offroading.
Sarah is one of the team you will first encounter when interacting with Mount Lawyers. Progressing quickly toward qualifying as a Legal Executive, Sarah currently supports Grant as his go-to administration person. Willing and welcoming Sarah will make sure your experience with Mount Lawyers is professional and relaxed.
Married to Collin, Sarah lives in the Mount, a stone’s throw from our offices and enjoys the casual ‘Mountie lifestyle’ – the sun, the sand and the beach, but most of all, the gastro/social scene.