Justine graduated from Otago University in 1998 after taking several years off her study to travel and work overseas.
Before joining Checketts McKay, Justine worked as a solicitor in Queenstown focusing on commercial and property transactions.
She joined Checketts McKay in 2003, became an associate in 2006 and entered partnership on 1 January 2008.
Justine grew up on a farm in Central Southland and now lives in Alexandra with her partner, Jim, and three children. Justine and Jim, and their respective families, are involved in the Central Otago wine industry, owning producing vineyards in the region.
Based in Alexandra, Justine's main areas of practice include:
Justine is also a Court appointed Youth Advocate and Lawyer for Child.
Kirsten Knights has been a solicitor with Checketts McKay since 2004. After graduating from Otago University in 1998, she spent two years working in the outdoor education industry in England.
Returning to New Zealand in 2000 she worked for the Crown Solicitor in Christchurch in the area of Criminal law, before moving to Alexandra in 2003.
Kirsten became an Associate in 2006 and was appointed as a Director in 2012.
Kirsten grew up on a farm in coastal Otago and spent many summer holidays in Central. She is married to Ian, an outdoor educator, and they have four sons.
Kirsten covers most areas of general law and specialises in family proceedings. She is also a Court appointed Youth Advocate.
Gordon has lived in Alexandra since 1983 and became a partner of the firm in 1986.
Gordon is involved in a range of community projects including the Hawea Whitewater Park created for recreational kayakers, a trustee of the Central Otago Ecological Trust and its predator proof reserve at Aldinga for protecting a range of native species including the endangered Otago and Grand skinks, Conservation Officer for Central Otago Whitewater and is an organiser of the Central Otago Whitewater junior kayak programme.
Gordon is married to Mary and has three active children. His recreational interests include mountain biking, kayaking, skiing and travel.
Gordon specialises in:
In the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Gordon was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his involvement and services to kayaking for 40 years.
Gillian Clarke has been a solicitor at Checketts McKay since 2001. After graduating from Otago University she worked as a civil litigator in Wellington for 9 years, the last 7 of which worked for a national law firm. Gillian moved to Alexandra in 1996.
Gillian grew up on a Maniototo family farm and has enjoyed raising her own two boys in a semi-rural environment together with her husband Dr. David Hill, a resource teacher in Learning Behaviours.
Gillian became an Associate in 2006.
She specialises in civil litigation, mediation as an alternative to court, resource management and farming resource law.
Russell was admitted in 1974. He moved to Central Otago in 1980 and was a partner until 2007. In 2008, Russell continued to work as a salaried solicitor three days per week.
Based in Alexandra, Russell’s main areas of practice are:
Rural and Urban Conveyancing
Dianne graduated in 1999 from Auckland University. She practiced law in Auckland until 2009 when her family moved to Central Otago. Dianne has a flair for completing any file which has an extensive history and her determination to solve issues is invaluable when working with complex property easements.
Dianne has embraced the Central Otago lifestyle and has been the driving force behind community gatherings in Fruitlands for the past 5 years; she enjoys a good book and is a regular attendee at Clyde Cinema.
Linnet graduated with a LLB and a BSc from Otago University in 2005 and worked in Central and West Auckland Law practices for four and a half years. After a break to have her two sons and a move to Alexandra in 2011, Linnet is now with Checketts McKay assisting with conveyancing and other legal work with a property focus.
Linnet enjoys getting involved with community groups and has been involved with Alexandra Parents Centre, Alexandra Girl Guides, Wanaka Plunket and Mini Muscles. Having moved back from Wanaka to Alexandra in 2017 with her Husband Carl and two boys, Linnet is now involved with The Terrace School PTA and Kopuwai Early Learning Centre’s Governance Committee.
In between chasing after her two boys, Linnet enjoys a bit of skiing, biking on the rail trail, sewing and reading.
Megan joined Checketts McKay as a solicitor in October 2018 and is based in the Alexandra office. Megan grew up on a farm in rural Southland and since graduating from the University of Otago in 2014, has spent time living in London and travelling overseas, before returning to Central Otago in 2018.
Megan will be assisting Justine Baird and is looking forward to gaining valuable experience in a variety of legal work including residential and commercial conveyancing, employment law and relationship property and family law.
Outside of work Megan enjoys running, hiking, playing hockey and making the most of everything that beautiful Central Otago has to offer.