Rob’s main areas of practice are immigration, employment, property, business and public law. Rob brings something special to his legal practice. He has a wide range of life experiences having worked in the meat industry, rail transport and the union movement before becoming a lawyer. His business clients are active in a wide range of business pursuits including manufacturing, hospitality, employment recruitment, house construction and a host of other business activities. Rob’s private clients come from a wide range of ethnic and professional backgrounds. Rob prides himself on providing each client, regardless of their ethnicity or employment status, with his total commitment to a first class legal and professional service.
Over the last few years Rob and his team have been very busy in the immigration, employment, business and property sectors. He has assisted a very large number of migrants to settle in New Zealand in most categories. In terms of immigration work, Rob believes we should put ourselves in our client’s shoes when giving advice and be aware that clients are often making some of the biggest decisions of their lives and as such our advice must be robust and thorough.
Rob has been actively involved with a number of successful non-government sector organisations, including being Chairperson of the highly successful Aranui Community Trust and the Salisbury Street Foundation. He has also played quite an active media liaison role on behalf of a number of his clients. Being commercially minded, Rob also sees himself as a problem solver and is always looking for positive results for clients – even where the situation may seem impossible. He believes lawyers need to come down from their “ivory towers” and that legal advice should be focused on achieving practical results as opposed to legal outcomes.
Rob is married to Lianne Dalziel, the mayor of Christchurch, who was a former member of Parliament for Christchurch East, and a former Minister of Immigration and Commerce.
Tim has worked in the legal profession since 1993 and joined Davidson Legal Limited as a Director of the firm in 2015. Tim has always maintained a friendly and approachable philosophy with a focus on practical advice and results.
Tim’s area of work has a strong commercial and property focus, with experience in business sales and purchases generally with an emphasis on the hospitality industry. He also has experience in the property development sphere, and has acted for many land developers. That has also meant a background in commercial financing and funding, and an ability to provide an overview on structuring. Tim also has experience in all facets of trust and estate management. Tim has a strong referral network of like-minded experts who can assist when called upon
Sarah studied at the University of Canterbury and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Law. She was admitted to the Bar in November 2015 after having previously worked for Davidson Legal as a Law Clerk.
Sarah currently works across a number of areas including employment, immigration, commercial, property, subdivision, trusts, asset protection and estate work. She has found that being able to pull knowledge and experience from such a broad range of areas has been a great benefit to clients who oftentimes present multifaceted practice issues.
Sarah is originally from Malaysia and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Malay. Sarah greatly values having lived in two different countries and being able to experience a range of different cultures. Her general philosophy in law is one of patience, flexibility and thoroughness
Michelle migrated to NZ with her family at a really young age. She graduated from law school in April 2018 and in December 2018 she was admitted to the bar.
Michelle is bilingual, she is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Michelle joined Davidson Legal in 2016 as a law clerk and her current areas of practices are Immigration, Employment and Relationship Property.
Registered Legal Executive (Fellow)
Diane is a Senior Registered Legal Executive who has been working in law for more than 15 years. Diane is an approachable and friendly person with high standards who is happy to assist clients with property purchases and any related matters. Diane joined Davidson Legal Limited in September 2013. The areas of law that Diane specialises in are residential and investment conveyancing, trusts and wills.
Registered Legal Executive
Andy was born in China and came to New Zealand in 2000. He studied at the University of Waikato and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Commerce majoring in Marketing and Communication. Andy has a native command of English as well as retaining his Chinese language skills in Cantonese, Taiwanese and Mandarin. He is well known and beloved by clients for his friendly, outgoing and approachable personality.
Andy initially worked with Rob as a specialist Immigration Consultant, and contributed greatly to the efficient and effective management of our immigration practice as well undertaking a broad range of immigration work with a high rate of success for his clients. He then became a Registered Legal Executive in June 2015 and has widened his areas of practice to include property transaction, refinancing, and business transactions.
Through Andy’s experience gained while living in China and New Zealand, he has a broad understanding of different nationalities, cultures and lifestyles. His multi-lingual abilities in Cantonese, Taiwanese, Mandarin and English has assisted many Asian immigrants in New Zealand who encounter difficulties in communicating their needs.
Outside of law, Andy has a passion for sport, including body building, swimming and basketball. He is also a keen cook and loves nothing better than preparing and cooking beautiful food at home.
Solicitor, LLB BA
Joyce joined Davidson Legal in June 2018 after completing her LLB and BA at the University of Canterbury. She was admitted to the Bar in December 2017.
Joyce grew up in Malaysia and speaks English, Mandarin and Malay. Her main areas of practice include residential conveyancing, subdivision, wills, family trusts and estate work. Having been raised in a multi-racial country, Joyce takes joy in helping clients from all walks of life.
Employment Relations Advisor
Marty is an employment relations advisor, having worked in the field of industrial relations for more than 30 years, both in New Zealand and Australia.
Although not a lawyer, Marty has worked mainly with the tertiary education unions in New Zealand and Western Australia representing workers with employment relationship problems and negotiating employment agreements. He worked for Davidson Legal in 2011-12 and returned in 2018.
Outside of work, Marty enjoys watching sport, listening to music and having plenty of time consumed by grandchildren.
Trust Account & Office Manager
Brenda started at Davidson Legal Limited in March 2019 as the Trust Account & Office Manager
Originally from the UK, Brenda has worked in the legal field for many years.
She has 2 children, and has spent time travelling through Europe and parts of Africa and Asia.
She likes walking, ice skating, skiing, squash, reading and the outdoors.
Legal Assistant/ Receptionist
Jenny Lin graduated in Taiwan with a diploma in finance management and worked for Tredi (French Company) in Taiwan as a personal assistant.
In 2002, Jenny moved to New Zealand and worked for a language school as a student counsel for five years, and then worked for an immigration consultancy as a personal assistant for two more years.
Jenny has been working for Davidson Legal as legal assistant/receptionist since 2011. She supports the professional teams specialising in immigration, conveyancing and commercial.
Outside of work, she enjoys meeting people and sharing life experiences with others.
Lauren first joined Davidson Legal as a Legal Assistant in 2016 and she provides general assistance in the areas of residential conveyancing, family trusts and wills.
Lauren is studying part-time at Open polytechnic to get her Diploma in Legal Executive Studies.
Please feel free to contact Lauren regarding any conveyancing matters if you cannot get in touch with the other staff.
Dilnur has been with Davidson Legal since 2017 and is employed as a Legal Secretary/PA to Rob Davidson. She also assists with immigration matters on a day to day basis.
Dilnur has just completed her first year Legal Executive course and is continuing with her studies.
She enjoys spending time with her children and loves cooking and gardening.
Iris is currently doing her final year of law at the University of Canterbury.
She finds that she has gained much from her clerkship at Davidson Legal, including insight into each staff members’ professional knowledge, responsible work ethic and considerate service. She has taken on board these principals as part of starting her own career in law.
Being a member of the University’s volunteer club, Iris is always willing to offer a hand to those in need. She also enjoys listening to local music performances with friends