Welcome to our team

Jodi Libbey – Senior Associate

Jodi Libbey is a fully qualified solicitor in Canada and New Zealand, who brought an impressive breadth of expertise to Rice Speir when she joined our team in June 2022.  Jodi’s specialist areas are civil litigation, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and employment and professional disciplinary matters.

She has worked as a Crown Prosecutor in Canada, lectured on contract and criminal law at the University of Auckland and has assisted senior barristers before the High Court, Court of Appeal, Employment Court and most recently the Judicial Conduct Panel.  Jodi has built a reputation for her insight and collaboration and regularly enjoys working with King’s Counsel.

Jodi has hit the ground running, building relationships and proactively working alongside local authorities to find pragmatic solutions to their legal and regulatory issues.  She also looks forward to the unique opportunity to offer her employment law skills in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

In her free time Jodi enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, walking her two dogs and exploring beautiful Tāmaki Makaurau and other parts of New Zealand.

Rosie Argyle – Solicitor

Rosie Argyle has joined Rice Speir after working more than two years as an in-house solicitor at Auckland Council.  Rosie completed her LLB / BA from the Victoria University of Wellington in early 2020 following a 6-month exchange in the Netherlands.  In the Regulatory and Enforcement team within Auckland Council Legal Services, Rosie has provided advice on various local government issues including resource management, Building Act matters and dog control prosecutions.  Her time at Auckland Council means she has excellent insight into the complex legal frameworks local governments operate under.

Rosie is keen to improve her knowledge of Te Reo Māori and takes an active role in promoting the use of Te Reo Māori at Rice Speir, organising weekly practices for the team.  She also has an interest in sustainability and champions workplace initiatives to lessen Rice Speir’s impact on the environment.

Rosie is community-minded with a kind and confident approach.  She is looking forward to working with the Rice Speir team to assist local governments to achieve great outcomes for their communities.

Claire Marra – Practice Manager

In August we welcomed our new Practice Manager, Claire Marra.

Claire has hit the ground running during a busy and exciting time for Rice Speir.  With a focus on streamlining and maximising efficiency, she is about to kick off a firm-wide upgrade of our current IT systems.  Full migration is set for January 2023.

Claire balances her passion in systems improvement with her desire to build lasting relationships and team culture.  She combines empathy and determination with the confidence to steer projects from start to finish.

As a Chartered Accountant and with over 10 years’ experience in the legal industry, we know we’re in a safe pair of hands, and look forward to seeing what she tackles next.

Outside of work, Claire calls Muriwai home and here you’ll often find her – either surfing, picnicking with friends, or walking the beach with her young son and partner.

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