About Us

About Us

How We Work

At The Law Shop we bring a new approach to legal services.  Our friendly and approachable team talk in everyday terms for everyday people.

The first thing we do is ask lots of questions! Whether you are buying a property, setting up a business or needing a Will we make sure we have the information to give you the options and advice you need for your situation.  Your situation is unique to you (although we may have seen similar circumstances) so the advice we provide to you is also unique to you.

We also understand that everyone prefers to communicate in their own way.  So we offer innovative ways to do business with you.  If coming to our office for a chat doesn’t suit, we can Skype, phone or even come to your home or office.  You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram and we aim to regularly update our website with what is happening in law, our offices and our community.

That’s why we are the preferred solicitors for businesses, families and retirees.

History and Reputation

The Law Shop has been offering legal services to Rotorua and beyond for more than30 years.

Paula Lines took over the firm in September 2008 and has expanded the legal services to include trusts, relationship property, subdivisions and all business legal matter.  In 2014 Stephanie Northey joined Paula in partnership and the firm now offers a range of court services including family law and mental health.  In April 2017 we purchased Mount Maunganui based law firm, Stratagem Lawyers, opened an office in Greerton, Tauranga and had Sarsha Tyrrell join our partnership.

We have a strong reputation for offering legal expertise without the confusing jargon, at a fair price. You can also rest easy knowing we deliver on time, every time.

Meet the Team


Paula Lines, LL.B

With over 10 years of experience Paula is well known for her legal expertise.  Her areas of work include formation of and administration of trusts, relationship property agreements, commercial and business law, subdivisions and general law.

Paula is married to Bevan Lines and has two children.


Stephanie Northey, LL.B

Stephanie, of Nga Puhi, Ngati Tu korehe, Tuhoe and Ngai Te Rangi descent, returned to her home town of Rotorua to practise law after obtaining her degree from Otago University.  Specialising in family law litigation, mental health and employment law, Stephanie has assisted families and individuals with their legal problems since 2005.


Sarsha Tyrrell, LL.B

Sarsha grew up locally and has practised law in Rotorua, the UK and Tauranga.  Sarsha enjoys working to help families with their legal issues including domestic violence, child care arrangements and Child Youth & Family matters (now Oranga Tamariki) and is based in our Tauranga office.


Rachael rotherham, B.A, LL.B

Rachael attended Victoria University and obtained a Law and Arts degree in History.  Rachael has been assisting people resolve their family issues since 2006 and particularly enjoys helping in with separation/relationship property matters although she works in all areas of family law litigation including care of children, guardianship, domestic violence, paternity and Child Youth and Family.  



Before becoming a lawyer, Mihi was a Deputy Registrar in the Rotorua Family Court giving her full insight into the court process from beginning to end.


Mihi practises as a family lawyer primarily in care of children, guardianship disputes, domestic violence, paternity and protection of personal property rights (PPPR) proceedings.


Mihi is of Cook Island, European and Maori descent with her strongest Maori connections to Te Arawa and Tainui waka.  With such a diverse background Mihi understand the complexities of cultural issues and is passionate in assisting parties of all cultural backgrounds.


As well as having a law degree, Mihi graduated with a Post-Gradutate Diploma in Human Resource Management at the Highest level with Distinction in 2015.  Mihi specialises in conflict management which is essential in assisting parties through their disputes. 



machaela dennett, LL.B

Machaela grew up in Rotorua and studied at Waikato University.  She then headed off overseas so this is her first job in law.  Machaela works in both our Rotorua and Tauranga offices on our property team.  She is learning all aspects of property law including buying and selling property; refinancing; wills; powers of attorney; trusts and commercial transactions.



Samantha Allen, LL.B

Sam works in our Tauranga office practising in family law.  She has an LL.B from Victoria University and a BA in Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Otago.

Senior Legal Executive

Anne Ludgate

Anne is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Legal Executives meaning she has more than 10 years’ experience as a legal executive. Anne is married to Greg Ludgate and is extensively involved in community and volunteer services. Anne works in estate administration assisting families when a loved one has died as well as property transactions, estate planning and trusts.

Law Clerk

Adele Ransley

Adele has been a legal secretary for several years and has now stepped up to take on a role in our property team while she studies towards her legal executive qualification.

Practice Manager


Viv is our Practice Manager and handles our trust account and office account and the myriad tasks required for a smooth running business.

Legal Secretary

Kirsty Mossman

As litigation secretary Kirsty organises the court lawyer's diaries, types and collates their work and manages their files.

Legal Secretary

michelle moodie

Michelle has been our receptionist but is moving into a litigation secretary role to utilise the many skills she has acquired working in other law firms around New Zealand.

Legal Secretary

dani maunder

Dani works in our Tauranga office as a litigation secretary/receptionist.  Dani previously worked at the Tauranga Family Court so has great knowledge of the systems and processes.


Receptionist/Legal Secretary

Katherine dentice

Katherine has her Legal Executive qualification and is currently working as the receptionist/legal secretary in our Tauranga office while Dani is on maternity leave but will step into a Legal Executive role in the Property Team shortly.


Norma-jean Mcdowall

Norma has worked in real estate for many years and has joined our team as our receptionist.  Norma has a lovely smile to greet visitors to our offices and is great at assisting callers.


The law is constantly changing.  At The Law Shop we stay abreast of what is happening in the legal field by continually undertaking further education and attending seminars.  To help us keep up to date we are members of:

  • New Zealand Law Society
  • Auckland District Law Society
  • New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives
  • New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section
  • New Zealand Law Society Family Law Section
  • Rotorua Chamber of Commerce
  • Tauranga Chamber of Commerce

We are also proud to support the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Division Cancer Society of New Zealand (Rotorua office), a non-profit organisation working to minimise the incidence and impact of cancer in our communities.

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Tauranga office now open!

We now have an office in Tauranga.  Situated at 1262 Cameron Road in Greerton, we are on the corner opposite the RSA.  We are ideally positioned for clients that don't want to go right into the city to see their lawyer and we have off-street parking!

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