Gemma Barden, Director & Solicitor
BA, LLB, Victoria University
Gemma Barden is the Director of Clark & Gay. She is a general practice Solicitor, and was admitted to the bar in 2005.
Gemma is committed to providing her clients quality legal solutions; she focuses on providing practical and easy to understand advice; and finding the right solution for your legal needs.
Gemma works in the areas of all aspects of Conveyancing & Subdivision; Leases; Estates; Wills & Private Law matters; Family Law; Employment and assisting small businesses.
Gemma commenced her career working at the Human Rights Commission; she also was a Judges Clerk at the Tauranga District Court. Gemma has worked for several small businesses.
Gemma is resident in Waihi, where she lives on an avocado orchard, with her young family.
Shiree Blackwell, Senior Solicitor
LLB, BA, Otago University
Shiree Blackwell joined Clark & Gay in January 2017.
Shiree is a senior Solicitor with 19 years legal experience in Property and Commercial law. She has previously worked in Hamilton and Tauranga and now advises Clark and Gay from a remote office in Fukuoka, Japan whilst she supports her husband on a Japanese Zespri assignment.
Shiree brings practical commercial experience to her legal expertise as she has her own property investment portfolio centered in the Bay of Plenty, she owns a kiwifruit orchard and together with her husband has managed and owned a business in the kiwifruit industry.
Shiree loves nature and travel. She is enjoying exploring both of these while based in Asia and has now developed a love of Japanese food, festivals and hot spring baths (Onsen).
Nayna Patel, Solicitor
Nayna is a Solicitor at Clark & Gay. She is enrolled as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court, but does not hold a Practising Certificate at this time.
Nayna undertakes legal research and drafting.
She has several years experience in law and business. She worked for a large international accounting firm in Auckland. She then went to work in London, and Wellington, prior to relocating to Waihi.
Marouna Tane, Business Manager
Marouna joined the team in November 2018. Prior to joining Clark & Gay she spent five years in a large law firm in Tauranga.
Marouna is a qualified Legal Executive and is the Business Manager.
Marouna lives at Waihi Beach and enjoys all that the area has to offer.
Melissa Samuels, Legal Assistant
Melissa joined our team in 2017 as a Legal Assistant.
Melissa is currently completing a Diploma in Legal Executive studies.
Melissa has lived in Waihi for 9 years and enjoys the small community.
Loren Goodhue, Law Clerk
Loren is our Law Clerk. She is enrolled as Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court but does not hold a Practising Certificate at this time.
Loren is part of our Conveyancing team.
She worked in Auckland as a Law Clerk prior to coming back home to Waihi.