Rick Phillips

Director, LLB


Rick ran his own legal practice in Parnell for 20 years, specialising in family and business law.


Commercial clients include export and import firms, software developers, property developers and money lenders. Rick masterminded the challenge which saw competitive duty free shopping at Auckland airport.


Rick joined Barter Law in 2011. His primary area of expertise is business law.




Steve Barter

Consultant, LLB


Steve worked as an advocate at the Employers’ Federation before joining a Commercial Property partnership in the City.


In 1990 he started the legal software business ‘Junior Partner’. It’s now the second most popular legal management software in NZ.


The same year, he founded Barter Law which has now established itself as one of the North Shores pre-eminent litigation firms.


Steve is an experienced advocate in all Court levels with particular expertise in commercial, property and employment law.


Steve is a long time member and current President of Albany Rotary.




Margaret Hickton-Burnett

Associate, BA, LLB


Margaret qualified as a lawyer in New Zealand before heading to London where she qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales and worked for five years in the areas of employment and commercial contracts.


Margaret joined Barter Law in 2003. She has extensive experience in civil litigation, relationship property, commercial contracts, and trusts and estate planning.




Laurence Herbke

Solictor, LLB


Laurence graduated with an LLB from the University of Otago in 2008. Since then he has gained extensive legal experience working as a solicitor in Dunedin, as a law lecturer at the University of Münster in Germany, and most recently with Auckland's Public Defence Service before joining Barter Law in 2015.


At Barter Law, Laurence works in our litigation team providing the Criminal Law service. That includes representing clients at the District Court on most charges, appeals to the High Court and on Limited Licence applications. Laurence also represents our business and private clients in commercial disputes, contract negotiations, employment issues and in other litigation.




Wendy Delaveau

Conveyancing Practitioner & Registered Legal Executive

Wendy joined Barter Law in 2002 and has considerable experience in  residential and commercial sale & purchase transactions, property subdivisions, leasing, wills and power of attorney work.


She’s also our primary contact for E-Dealing (LINZ). You can reach her at: WDelaveau001.




Glenda Martin

Legal Secretary &


Glenda is an experienced legal secretary and runs our office. She has been the first port of call at the firm since joining us in 2008.




Julie Watts

Trust Account Administrator


Julie is the firms Trust Account Administrator and accounts person. Prior to joining us in 2015,  Julie worked as a legal executive in conveyancing.





The Team

Our Culture



Family orientated, close knit, community focused, pragmatism, passionate, open minded, integrity, trouble-shooters

We are a close-knit and family orientated business. And the values that keep a family together also play a big part in how we work.

That means you can trust us to work passionately on your behalf with genuine integrity.

At the same time, we believe very strongly in keeping an open mind and responding specifically to your needs, rather than taking a one-size fits all approach.

It’s a combination of principle and pragmatism that has served our clients well for many years.

We’re also proud of our place in the Albany community and take on a variety of pro bono work on behalf of several charitable trusts and through the Albany Rotary.





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