Our People

Ruta Faiga, Director

LLB; BA (Economics and Administration)

Ruta has been in private practice since 2003 and is fluent in Samoan.

Her areas of practice are Property Law, Family Law including Oranga Tamariki matters, Conveyancing, Trusts, Estates & Immigration.

Ruta previously worked for the Treasury Department in Samoa before moving to New Zealand. She worked at the Treasury in New Zealand full time while undertaking her law degree at Victoria University and had a year and a half with the Legal Services Agency before pursuing a legal career. 

She is committed in ensuring that Pacific people are treated fairly within the legal system.


Sharon France, Director


Sharon was admitted to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor in July 2006, following an entertaining career in radio and print broadcasting. 

Sharon spent two years at Waikanae Law before going into practice as a Barrister Sole, then as a Barrister and Solicitor. Sharon practiced in Waikanae for 5 years until she was asked to join The Law Store. 

Sharon is a Lawyer for Child and represents children by Court appointment and is also a parole lawyer.

When not practicing law, Sharon is into DIY and spending time with her family.


Madeline Stewart, Senior Solicitor


Madeline Stewart graduated from Victoria University in 2017 with an LLB and admitted to the Bar in September 2018. 

Madeline practices in Family Law, Wills and EPOAs. 



Kaye Hawke,

Legal Secretary 


Abigail Pa'u,

Legal Assistant








Lindsey Bryson

Legal Executive

With over 20 years experience, Lindsey is a trusted and dedicated team member who is passionate about delivering quality outcomes for our clients and community.

As a highly experienced Legal Executive with a collaborative approach to problem solving and a warm communication style, Lindsey's support to our executive team underpins our ability to deliver excellence in service.

Fiona Crawford

Practice Manager

Fiona joined the law store in 2009 and is a valued member of the Management Team. As a pragmatic problem solver with the proven ability to build collaborative and responsive teams, Fiona works tirelessly to align team delivery with business objectives, performance and excellence in client experience.

Levana Drossaerts

Legal Assistant

With over 5 years experience providing technical support to legal offices, Levana thrives on developing initiatives that promote positive working relationships and greater efficiencies through better management solutions.