James Gavin Donovan



In matters of law, there is no substitute for experience. He was admitted to practice in 1962. James has been successfully representing clients in the wider Howick area for decades.

He is a specialist in conveyancing, commercial and trust matters, and family and property law. As a barrister, his experience and skills place you in assured hands regarding criminal proceedings.

James can also provide sage guidance on mortgages, investment, and taxation and has developed a rich history in dealing with wills and estates and elder law and retirement issues.

James’ wealth of experience means he can quickly define the most effective path to resolution, saving you time and expense and providing peace of mind.

Michelle Donovan



Michelle was admitted to practice in 1999. Before joining the firm, Michelle worked for many years in the Privacy Commissioner’s office as the Legal Officer for two consecutive Commissioners and for nearly ten years as an independent reviewer of ACC decisions.

She brings this highly specialised knowledge and expertise to all general civil litigation cases. Building on James’ existing expertise in family and property law, Michelle also deals with family law and relationship property matters, including the drafting and certification of living together and separation agreements – as well as litigating for clients in this area.

“Identifying the most practical and cost-effective solution for a client is the key to providing them with the best legal service.” — Michelle

Kchitij Tiwari

Kchitij Tiwari

Senior Solicitor


Before joining James Donovan Solicitors as a solicitor in 2021, I have managed businesses in New Zealand, China, India and Fiji for over ten years.

I have a full-time Masters in Computer Software and applications, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Bachelor in Commerce and Bachelor in Laws academic qualifications.

My business and academic background enables me to provide pragmatic solutions to my clients from both a legal and commercial perspective. I specialise in matters related to the sale and purchase of property and business and advising on discretionary trusts.

Besides expertise in all aspects of residential property agreements, I have hands-on experience in farm (wet and dry) deals, rural and lifestyle blocks, easements and land covenants and with subdivisions acting for developers and builders.

In commercial, I have experience working on variety of sale and purchase of businesses mainly franchisees of service stations, fast food, takeaways, fitness centres, liquor stores, dairy stores and coffee shop chains.

When not working, I enjoy reading and working out in the gym as an amateur bodybuilder.

“Be you never so high, the Law is above you.” — Thomas Fuller, Gnomolgia 1732

Stefeny David

Stefeny David



Stefeny had been practicing law in Malaysia since 1995 handling civil matters. She has handled full trials and various applications in Courts including High Court.

In 2018, she migrated to New Zealand and completed her Certificate in Legal Studies at AUT in 2020. Pursuant to her admission in 2021, she had since practiced in general practice including relationship property matters involving both contentious and non-contentious matters. She had assisted in these matters which were complex and having to resolve it amicably.

She can assist her clients to make Wills and create their Enduring Power of Attorney understanding the specific needs of each client.

She had managed matters relating to Sale of Residential Properties and Business. Also, she has the experience in preparation of various court documents regarding litigation matters.

She is also fluent in the Malay language.

Daewansh Vyas

Daewansh Vyas



Daewansh’s journey into law began with a clerkship under a seasoned Barrister. Before joining the firm, Daewansh worked at a reputed financial advisory firm, honing his understanding and capability to support clients in addressing commercial dynamics.

Daewansh can assist with private client and commercial matters ranging from refinances, the sale and purchase of property and businesses, leases, and trust law.

In his spare time, Daewansh enjoys spending time with family, keeping up with sports, and being involved in music.

Jacqui Lettice

Jacqui Lettice

Senior Registered Legal Executive


Jacqui is a Registered Legal Executive who has over 30 years experience in the legal profession graduating with her Legal Executive Diploma in 1992.  She enjoys working with residential property transactions and in particular helping first home buyers with their Kiwisaver applications and making transactions as straightforward and stress-free as possible with a friendly, cheerful and relaxed demeanour.

Outside of work, Jacqui enjoys boating, fishing, classic cars and relaxing with a good book.

Frankie Pabla

Frankie Pabla

Senior Registered Legal Executive


As a Senior Registered Legal Executive, Frankie possesses extensive legal expertise. Her professional background is robust, particularly in Conveyancing, as well as in the preparation of Enduring Powers of Attorney, Wills, and Estate Administration.

Since attaining her qualification as a Legal Executive in 2013, she has brought a wealth of knowledge and insight to her role. Frankie is highly organised, analytical, energetic, and creative, qualities that she believes enhance every process and situation.

Frankie is an Associate with the NZ Institute of Legal Executives.

In addition, Frankie is fluent in Punjabi.

Paula Nautu

Paula Nautu

Senior Legal Executive


Paula is a senior legal executive with extensive property expertise. She has been an integral part of our team with over two decades of dedicated service, joining in 1998 shortly after David Jury established the firm. Paula’s expertise lies primarily in property conveyancing, where her attention to detail and ability to be one step ahead of the game, ensures smooth and efficient transactions for our clients. Paula also provides a broad range of support which extends to areas such as lending, commercial law, trusts, relationship property, asset and estate planning.

Outside of her professional commitments, Paula enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities and the companionship of her family’s two dogs Harry and Missy.

Kanisorn Chaijaroen

Kanisorn Chaijaroen

Trust Account Administrator


As a legal assistant, Kanisorn demonstrates a deep commitment to delivering exceptional service, particularly in the intricate realm of commercial properties and lease agreements.

Fluent in both Thai and English, Kanisorn seamlessly bridges language gaps to ensure clear communication and understanding.

Kanisorn’s forte lies in cultivating strong client relationships, guiding them attentively from inception to resolution. Whether it’s drafting contracts, conducting research, or providing comprehensive support, client satisfaction is prioritized at every turn. With meticulous attention to detail and a dedication to excellence, Kanisorn strives to exceed expectations and navigate legal complexities with ease.

Ajit Srivastava

Ajit Srivastava

Practice Manager & AML Officer


With over 12 years of business experience and three years as a financial advisor, Ajit brings a wealth of expertise to his role as AML Compliance Manager at David Jury Law. He specializes in developing and implementing robust Anti-Money Laundering (AML) strategies, ensuring compliance with financial regulations. His background in financial advisory has sharpened his skills in financial analysis and risk management, enabling him to effectively identify and mitigate money laundering risks.

At David Jury Law, he is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical business practices, protecting our clients, and upholding the firm’s integrity through proactive AML management.