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Helena Austen

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Don was a Partner at Bell Gully in Wellington for 20 years before moving to Nelson then joining Hamish in Partnership in 2003 for 5 years. He then returned to Wellington in 2008 as a Partner at Kensington Swan in their RMA team before he and his wife Anna embarked on a 4 year overseas stint working in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Perth in the construction and mining industries areas.  Don and Anna have now returned to the Tasman Region for good.
Don is an experienced civil litigator and RMA lawyer.
He has also successfully resolved a wide range of legal disputes through his skills in mediation.  Don is a certified mediator.
Don is a certified RMA commissioner with chairing endorsement and he has conducted a wide range of public hearings as RMA commissioner for resource consents or plan changes.

I had visited my family in the beautiful Nelson on numerous occasions from South Africa. When the decision was made to do a lifestyle change and emigrate, Nelson’s beautiful and diverse nature, the town’s safety, wonderful weather and friendly people meant that my favourite holiday destination became home.


The work ethic, client centricity and family values of Hamish.Fletcher Lawyers resonate with me on a personal level. As part of the HFL Trusts, Estates, Personal Affairs and Asset Structuring Team it is a privilege and very rewarding to work together with our individual clients’ to give them peace of mind by ensuring their suite of personal legal documents are up to date, bespoke and relevant for their own unique circumstances.

Position: Trusts and Estate Planning Consultant
B.Proc, LLM, H.Dip Tax (Right of appearance in the High Court of South Africa)
Mobile:021 105 3729
Email: Helena@hflaw.co.nz