Adina Thorn – Principal
LLB (Hons) and BProp
Adina has specialist skills in property, construction and commercial litigation. She holds degrees in both Property and Law (Honours) from the University of Auckland. She is a current member of the Auckland District Law Society Property Disputes Committee.
Adina has extensive experience in leaky building disputes, having previously worked for law firms acting for both home owners and for defendants (including Councils). She has also been involved in bringing multi-million dollar actions funded by litigation funders. Because of her particular interest in the construction industry, Adina is frequently contacted for media commentary in relation to leaky building issues due to her wealth of knowledge and experience in this area. She has appeared before all of the Courts in New Zealand (and the Weathertight Homes Tribunal). She also appeared as counsel in the landmark Supreme Court decision concerning barristerial immunity.
Adina has expertise in a number of property related legal issues. Her knowledge of property valuation assists her in ensuring land owners receive appropriate compensation in Public Works Act land compensation disputes. She also has extensive experience dealing with disputes involving local authorities (Councils) and construction litigation.
Outside the law, Adina is an enthusiastic cyclist, runner and swimmer.
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Adina is also the co-author of the New Zealand chapter of “Getting the Deal Through: Litigation Funding 2017”, the world’s leading text relating to litigation funding.
Member of Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc)
Property Institute of New Zealand (Affiliate)
Women in Property
Auckland Property Investors Association APIA
Member of the New Zealand Law Society
Member of the Board of Cadastral Surveyors
Member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board
Rohan Havelock – Consultant
B.A. LL.B. (Hons) LL.M. (Cantab)
Rohan works as a consultant to Adina Thorn Lawyers. Rohan practised in commercial litigation for 5.5 years at one of New Zealand’s leading law firms, where he was a Senior Associate. There he worked on New Zealand’s largest ever construction law litigation, involving a multi-million dollar claim that went to trial in the High Court for 9 months, before settlement was reached.
Rohan was previously a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court in Auckland. He is a graduate of the University of Auckland and holds the degree of Master of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Cambridge.
Rohan is also a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, teaching and researching in Contract Law, Equity and Insurance Law.
David van Hout – Senior Solicitor
LL.B. and LL.M. (Hons)
David has experience in a wide range of litigation and the resolution of disputes through mediation and negotiation, in both private and public practice, and has represented clients in the District and High Courts. He is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington where he holds Bachelor and Master of Laws degrees.
David brings a wealth of local and international legal experience having previously worked in the dispute resolution team at a large commercial law firm in Christchurch, before taking up positions at two magic circle law firms in London. After moving back to New Zealand and subsequently to Auckland, David joined Adina Thorn Lawyers where he works closely with Adina on all aspects of the firms practice. He enjoys working directly with clients and is passionate about achieving successful outcomes for clients in a cost effective and pragmatic manner, in often stressful situations.
Caroline Gray – Legal Assistant / Media Liaison
Caroline joined Adina Thorn Lawyers in August 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland with majors in Commercial Law and Marketing.
Caroline has a strong background in business, holding positions in key accounts, marketing and category management. Her primary role at Adina Thorn Lawyers is managing the plaintiff class in the Plaster Cladding class action claim. In addition, she provides legal assistance and support, and handles enquiries from the media.
Mary-Claire Heasley – Business Manager / Paralegal
Mary-Claire joined Adina Thorn Lawyers in August 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland with majors in Marketing and Management.
Mary-Claire has a wealth of experience delivering results for service-based industries. Her primary role at Adina Thorn Lawyers is managing the office and client liaison. In addition, she provides paralegal support to the team.
Rhiannon Stannard – Receptionist / Paralegal
Rhiannon is the friendly voice on the end of the telephone, and the friendly face that meets-and-greets clients at Adina Thorn Lawyers. Rhiannon also provides administrative and paralegal support to the team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Victoria University of Wellington majoring in History and International Relations and she is currently completing the final papers of her Bachelor of Laws degree. Rhiannon will be admitted to the Bar in 2018. She has a particular interest in litigation, property law and employment law.