1/9 Prince Ave, Mount Maunganui

Mauao Legal Chambers at Mount Maunganui consists of local barristers Kate Barry-Piceno, Michael Sharp and Nicole Smith.

Kate, Michael and Nicole are all experienced practitioners (each having practised for over 20 years) with broad expertise across a range of industries and areas of law. They provide their clients with concise, strategic and informed advice. Through the new Mauao Legal Chambers they offer nationally recognised specialist expertise without the inflated charge out rates of big city firms.

They bring an international perspective to New Zealand legal issues. Kate and Michael have both worked as lawyers internationally in USA and Australia respectively, with post graduate law degrees in Environmental/Administrative Law(Kate) and Employment law(Michael). Nicole worked in London for over 12 years and she holds a current UK practising certificate and regularly advises on English law issues.

Kate Barry-Piceno has extensive experience in the area of resource management law, and is involved in a wide range of projects throughout New Zealand. She also has considerable experience in local government, administrative and employment law.
  • Resource Management
  • Environmental law
  • Large scale land Developments
  • Judicial Review
021 605 832
Michael Sharp is a civil litigation barrister specialising in commercial disputes, employment matters and Maori issues. Michael was previously a partner at the Tauranga firm of Holland Beckett. He has experience appearing at all levels of courts and tribunals and has an extensive mediation background.
  • Maori Land issues
  • Waitangi Tribunal
  • EmploymentTrust and Relationship property ligation
  • Commercial and civil litigation
027 5542322
Nicole Smith is a Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration.
  • Arbitration (NZ and International)
  • Finance and investment
  • Commercial and civil litigation
  • Construction and adjudication
021 175 9014