We would like to announce some changes to Simpson Western for early 2023.


Silverdale office to become a standalone firm

From 1 April 2023, the firm’s current Silverdale satellite office will become a standalone law firm called Simpson Western North. Sarah Martin and Greg Woodd will continue to look after their clients supported by a talented team of lawyers who enjoy living and working in the Silverdale and Rodney area.

“This is an exciting move for us in Silverdale,” says Sarah. “Although we will be separate offices from 1 April, in essence, little will change to our service and strong commitment to our clients. We will retain a friendly working relationship with our Takapuna colleagues and look forward to continuing to develop our reputation and presence in our community.”


Greg Sarah 



BAU for Simpson Western with exciting developments for 2023

Simpson Western will continue to be based out of its Takapuna premises on Hurstmere Road with a full service offering provided by over 40 staff and specialist advisers across all core practice areas, including business law, employment, commercial and civil litigation, relationship property, property and trusts.


New partners

The firm is excited to announce the appointment of two new partners. From 1 April, senior associates Jessica Shaw and Russell Weir will join the partnership. Jessica specialises in relationship property law and has developed a reputation as a strong and talented advocate negotiating contracting out and relationship property settlement agreements or litigating relationship property disputes. Russell focusses on commercial law and has significant experience at Simpson Western and in leading New Zealand and offshore law firms acting on a wide variety of M&A, corporate restructure, finance and capital raising transactions.

Candice says “Jessica and Russell have proved themselves to be excellent senior lawyers and we look forward to what they will bring to the partnership in 2023 and beyond."


Jess Russ



Retiring Partners

In other changes, litigation partners, Brian Stewart and Paul Hunter will retire from the partnership on 31 March 2023 and will practise as barristers sole from 1 April.

Candice says “Brian has been a partner at Simpson Western for over 20 years and has been involved in a number of demanding and successful matters for our clients. Paul has been a partner at the firm since 2008 and has also helped many of our client's successfully resolve a wide variety of contentious civil and commercial issues. All of us at Simpson Western wish Brian and Paul all the best at the independent bar and thank them for their valuable contribution.”


Brian Paul



From 1 April 2023, Simpson Western will have eight partners in Takapuna: Candice Murphy, Robert Clark, Ken Paterson, Jamie Barr, Peter Hall, Barton Hoggard, Jessica Shaw and Russell Weir.




Candice says "Simpson Western is an established and reputable firm with a proud history of providing full service legal solutions to a great network of clients and advisers across the North Shore, Rodney and throughout the country. The changes in the partnership bring real alignment and focus for the partners and staff and will allow both Simpson Western and Simpson Western North to build and grow with a tailored offering for clients in the respective geographic locations. This is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to connecting and discussing it with you in the near future.


If you would like to talk more about these changes to the firm, please feel free to contact us.