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.



Juanita Maxwell BA (Hons) LLB (Hons)


Juanita graduated from The University of Waikato in with a First Class Honours degree in Law and a First Class Honours Degree in English.

Juanita commenced work as a part-time law clerk with the firm in June 2012, and began full time employment in December 2012 after being admitted to the bar. Juanita commenced working with this firm in December 2012. Juanita’s main area of practice is family law, in particular parenting disputes, domestic violence matters, and paternity. Juanita also has experience in other general practice areas including Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Conveyancing and general disputes.

Juanita is a Legal Aid provider for family matters and is available for urgent appointments for Parenting and Protection Orders where safety or violence may be an issue.

Juanita has been raised and educated in South Auckland.



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.



Cindy Smith LLB

Cindy graduated from the University of Waikato (LLB) in 2011. She was admitted to the bar in September 2013 and lived for a short time in Melbourne, returning to commence practise in New Zealand in 2014. Cindy recently joined David Rice & Associates. Her primary area of practice is conveyancing including buying and selling residential property.



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.



Heather Guy

Heather is a trained legal executive who has been with the firm since it opened. She has 30 years of experience in the legal field. Heather now handles the running of all of the firm’s finances and accounts.



(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