gca Lawyers
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Our People

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Our People

In our experience, clients want to work with the best lawyers.  We have built our team of great lawyers based on their depth of experience and their proven skills at solving complex legal problems.  
We are always interested in talking to like-minded legal professionals interested in collaboration or working for us.  

Full profiles of our key people are below.  

Find out about working at GCA Lawyers.


Grant Cameron


Grant is a legal strategist with long experience of taking complex cases, dissecting them and reassembling in ways that enhance the client’s prospects of achieving success.    Having controlled a large number of high profile cases including a variety of group and class actions, Grant has a wealth of experience in public relations and media issues.    In combination with an extensive track record of direct lobbying, his legal cases are often propelled into resolution processes that did not initially seem available.   His case record speaks for itself. 


Maurice Walker


Maurice has over 40 years experience as a commercial and corporate lawyer and has acted for public listed, and for both widely and closely held companies, in a wide variety of company, commercial and financing transactions.   He currently acts for a number of companies and also provides advice to a large private client practice comprising substantial families, trusts, societies and various charitable bodies.  Maurice has particular interest and expertise in franchising matters and has presented many papers on the topic throughout NZ and acts for both franchisors and franchisees.  


Shaun Cottrell

Shaun controls a strong business and litigation practice, providing legal advice to private companies, individuals and trusts on all aspects of their operations. He advises on all areas from strategic direction through governance, management, third party contracting, joint ventures, property, licensing, finance,  acquisitions,  enforcement/compliance and dispute resolution. Shaun's focus is on finding solutions to problems, and providing clear, pragmatic advice his client's can work with.  

Senior Staff



richard lynn
senior solicitor

As a part of the litigation team at GCA Lawyers, Richard has a wide range of experience across a number of different legal fields including public and administrative law, employment law, commercial and company disputes, torts and other common law causes of action, insurance, and media law

julie hawthorn
senior solicitor

Julie is a Senior Solicitor in our commercial and property team, regularly advising clients in relation to business and residential conveyancing transactions.  Julie's area of expertise also includes advising on and resolving Relationship Property matters, trusts, the adminsitration of estates, preparation of wills and powers of attorney.  

Sarah Simmonds
SENIOR Solicitor

Email Sarah: mailto:sarah.simmonds@gcalawyers.com

Emily Flaszynski
SENIOR Solicitor

Emily is an experienced litigator who has practiced both here in NZ and in London.  In addition to advising clients on their rights and various remedies, she also tutors for the University of Canterbury and instructs on professional skills for the College of Law.  As part of the gca litigation team, Emily has a particular interest in insurance, education and private client work.

Email Emily: mailto:emily@gcalawyers.com


Grace Kerrigan

Grace recently joined the property team this year and job shares with Julie Hawthorn.  Grace works Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  

Email Grace: mailto:grace@gcalawyers.com 


Bryony Smith

Bryony joined the team in early 2017.  She works primarily with the commercial team on property and business matters. In her spare time, Bryony is a travel enthusiast who enjoys walking, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Email Bryony: mailto:bryony@gcalawyers.com

Sarah Kelly

As a member of the litigation team, Sarah works within a number of different areas of law with a strong focus in property insurance. She enjoys helping her clients navigate their policy entitlements and seek a suitable resolution. 

Email Sarah: mailto:sarah.kelly@gcalawyers.com


Jessica is a new addition to our firm and is working alongside the litigation team.  

Email Jessica: mailto:jessica@gcalawyers.com