Meet Our team

Ngaire Smith


I graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1982 and was admitted to the New Zealand Roll of Barristers and Solicitors in 1983. I worked for Christchurch law firms and a government department before travelling to England in the late 1980’s. I spent several years travelling and working in private practice and local authorities in England, during which time I was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales. 

Since returning to Christchurch, I have primarily worked as either a sole practitioner or in partnership. I have held part-time teaching and tutoring positions with the former College of Education and the University of Canterbury. I have served time on local committees, including the Mt Pleasant Squash Club and Korfball New Zealand, and am presently chair of the Disciplinary Committee of the International Korfball Federation. I am a member of the New Zealand Law Society, the Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Law Society, and the Property Section of the New Zealand Law Society.

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Margaret-Anne Hill


I am an associate Legal Executive registered with the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. I completed my studies at Christchurch Polytechnic in 1989 and have been working in the law since then. My role is the primary contact for all conveyancing matters where clients are buying or selling homes. In addition to this, I am responsible for the day to day administration of the firm’s trust account, practice management and IT matters. 

 Away from work, I am a qualified teacher of Bikram yoga and teach regularly at a local Bikram studio.

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Emma Fahey


I have lived and worked in Brisbane, Australia for 13 years. Throughout my time in Australia I worked in administration, from reception to office management, over a wide range of industries. While in Australia I had two beautiful children before returning home to Christchurch in 2012.

I’m enjoying my new role as Legal Assistant for Ngaire and Marg and am eager to learn more about legal office practice.

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