Gemma Barden



Gemma Barden is the Director of Clark & Gay. She is a general practice Solicitor, with 13 years experience in the law.

She works in the areas of Conveyancing & Refinancing, Wills & Estates, Trusts, Relationship Property, Family Law, Employment & Enduring Powers of Attorney and other areas .

Gemma previously worked as a Staff Solicitor for a general practice law firm in Matamata. Prior to that, as a Judges’ Clerk at the Tauranga District Court, where she clerked for all resident judges within the region in the areas of criminal, civil and family.

Gemma is contactable on: email:

Phone: (07) 863 7250  DDI: (07) 214 8248

Shiree Blackwell

Senior Solicitor

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Shiree Blackwell joined Clark & Gay in January 2017. 

Shiree is a senior solicitor with 16 years legal experience in Property and Commercial law.   She has previously worked in Hamilton and Tauranga and now advises Clark and Gay from a remote office in Fukuoka, Japan whilst she supports her husband on a Japanese Zespri assignement. 

Shiree brings practical commercial experience to her legal expertise as she has her own property investment portfolio centred in the Bay of Plenty and together with her husband has managed and owned a business in the Kiwifruit industry. 

Shiree is contactable on:


Tahlia Allsopp

Legal Executive


Tahlia Allsopp is Clark & Gay's Legal Executive, who works predominately in the areas of

  • Real estate sales and purchases (conveyancing) - residential, business and farming
  • Refinancing
  • Subdivisions
  • Business Purchases

Tahlia has been working in the law for 10 years.  She is a qualified Legal Executive.  Tahlia is also Clark & Gay's Trust Accountant. 

Tahlia is contactable on:


Phone: (07) 863 7250

Melissa Samuels

Office Manager

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Melissa joined our team in 2017 as a Legal Secretary and has since expanded her role to include Office Manager.  Melissa was previously a customer service manager, along with other administration roles in Waihi and Te Aroha.

Melissa is contactable on:


Phone: (07) 863 7250

Nayna Patel

Law Clerk

Nayna is our Law Clerk.  She is enrolled as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court, but does not hold a Practising Certificate at this time.

Nayna undertakes legal research and drafting.  

She has several years experience in the law, and is also an accountant.  She has worked for a large national firm in Wellington and also in London, prior to relocating to Waihi.

You can contact Nayna at Email:

Phone (07) 863 7250

Neil Patridge

Receptionist - Front of house


Neil joined Clark & Gay in 2018.  Neil is our front of house, here to meet you when you arrive at Clark & Gay, and take your phone calls

Contact Neil on 

Phone: (07) 863 7250