Donna Carroll, LLB
Donna graduated in 1989 and worked in Hawke’s Bay as a family (and criminal) lawyer for 10 years before moving to Gisborne. She returned to the Bay in 2003. Donna is inquisitive rather than adversarial and has a desire to help people in "unfamiliar water". She has considerable experience in all aspects of family law along with conveyancing, wills, trusts and estates. Donna also holds Lawyer for Child approval status from the Family Court.
In addition to being a Lawyer and a business owner, Donna also serves as treasurer for the Wairoa Waterski Club and likes to remain active waterskiing, walking, going to the gym and waka ama. She will compete in any event she can.
Donna has somewhat of a sweet tooth and can be relied upon to have something worth raiding if a sugar fix need arose within the office.
Kirstin Monk, LLB
Kirstin graduated in 1997 and started work in Hawke’s Bay not long after. With extensive experience in all aspects of family law, Kirstin particularly enjoys relationship property work and being able to assist her clients through what is often a very difficult time in their life. Kirstin’s workload also includes Court approved Lawyer for Child appointments, acting for young people in the Youth Court who have been charged with a criminal offence and being appointed by the Court to act for vulnerable people under welfare based legislation.
Outside of work (and sometimes within work hours) Kirstin has previously donated a lot of time to Blue Light Hastings (an awesome community organisation – please check them out) and to the Heretaunga Women’s Centre.
In winter Kirstin can sometimes go missing from the office to sneak off to the snow to get her downhill speed fix. Exercising is a priority and she is a lover of boot camps and functional movement type classes, as both a participant and trainer.. But Kirstin also eats the most out of anyone in the office so it's all about balance.
Shannon McKay, LLB, BA
Shannon has been part of the Bay Legal team for many years, becoming an Associate in 2015. Shannon provides awesome service to clients who require help in resolving care of children or relationship property disputes. She also undertakes and enjoys lawyer for child work.
Shannon has supported the community by serving on school Boards of Trustees at Lucknow School and Havelock North Intermediate over the years. Shannon has recently joined the school board at Havelock North High School.
Unlike other solicitors in our office, Shannon does not try and raid other people’s chocolate stockpiles but she is very efficient and organised and her clients love that. Topping that off is Shannon’s wicked infectious laugh and her ability not to take herself too seriously.
Rebekah Anderton, LLB, BA
Rebekah graduated from Victoria University in 2007 with an Arts degree and from Auckland University in 2009 with her Law degree. She is a Hawke's Bay girl and was previously Deputy Head girl at Flaxmere College,
Returning to Hawke's Bay in 2010 to work at the Hawke's Bay Community Law Centre as a solicitor and then for 5 and a half years she has worked for both the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki. Rebekah has been with our offices since 2019 and has a huge amount of expertise in the Oranga Tamariki Act and specialises in many areas of family law and in particular has an interest in surrogacy, adoption and matters involving Oranga Tamariki. Rebekah also does and enjoys Lawyer for Child work and is the chairperson for the local Family Courts Association.
Rebekah is kept busy with two young boys and enjoys spending time with her family. Her presence adds a fun layer to the office and her chat and laughter is contagious. We are delighted to have her as part of the Bay Legal Team.