David Rice & Associates, Barristers & Solicitors | Papakura | Family Law, Property, Wills, Estates, Trusts, Contracts, Commercial

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(09) 295-1067

David Rice LLB


David graduated from The University of Auckland in 1971 and was admitted to the Bar in the same year. David has been practicing law for over 40 years and established this firm in 1982.

David is a general practitioner who specialises in family law and property law. David has been appointed as Lawyer for Child and Lawyer for Subject Person in the Family Court.

David’s outside interests include hunting, harness racing, rugby and militaria.



Joanne Rice LLB


Joanne Rice, cousin of David, is also a third generation Lawyer. One of her sons is studying Law, her daughter is a practicing Lawyer as are two of her sisters and her brother.

Joanne graduated from Otago University in 1979 and was admitted to the Bar in the same year. Whilst on her OE she practiced in London for two years and following that time she has practiced in Auckland and Papakura on a full or part-time basis and in addition, has raised a family of three children with her partner (also a Lawyer).

Joanne specialises in general practice Law in the areas of Property, Conveyancing, Relationship Property Agreements, Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney.



Francis Stott BA (Hons) Law, LLM

Senior Solicitor

Francis Stott has lived in Papakura since 1984. One of his daughters is also qualified as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Francis graduated from the Manchester Polytechnic (now known as Manchester Metropolitan University) in the United Kingdom in 1970 with a BA Honours degree in Law awarded under the auspices of the Council for National Academic Awards. He attended University of Otago in 1971 and graduated with a Master of Law degree in constitutional law, the law of tortes and trusts and estate planning. He was admitted initially as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales on 1 December 1975 and was subsequently admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in February 1978 at Invercargill. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 12 September 2001.

Francis worked for a firm of solicitors in Invercargill from 1976 to 1983 and for another firm in Papakura from 1984 to 1986. He also worked for a trustee company in Auckland between 1986 and 2001 managing a substantial portfolio of clients with assets in a variety of countries and then returned to Papakura private practice as a barrister and solicitor in Papakura.

Francis has specialised in general practice law in the areas of property, conveyancing, wills, trusts, estates and powers of attorney.

Francis has been a member of the Papakura Rotary Club since 1997. His other interests include Philately (stamp collecting), swimming, gardening and reading history especially relating to Great Britain and the United States.



Margaret Mary Rice LLB

Having grown up in and around her father’s firm, Margaret has experience working in a Law firm spanning most of her lifetime. She was recently admitted to the Bar on July 15, 2016. She handles areas of general practice which include: Maori land, Wills, Probate, Estates.



Shirley Kerr

Shirley has been with David Rice for 19 years having a total of 25 years of legal experience. She assists with conveyancing matters and with the Trust Accounts. She is also PA to Joanne Rice and Francis Stott and can generally assist any department when they require it.



(09) 295-1067         Suite 1, Selwyn Centre, 182 Great South Road, Papakura, Auckland 2244

Office also at Shop 9, 2 Dominion Road, Tuakau – 09 2378010