Welcome to the team!

Charlotta Harpur is a civil litigation and insurance law specialist with 20 years’ experience. Originally from Sweden, and having qualified in the UK, she came to Aotearoa in 2009 with her husband and two sons. She quickly gained a passion for working with local authorities, who in turn work for their communities. Charlotta has a strong reputation for being pragmatic, thinking outside the box and achieving good outcomes for clients through alternative dispute resolution. Having said that, when litigation is the best option Charlotta is a strong advocate who has appeared in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, District Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal. Charlotta joined Rice Speir in 2021 and heads up the new Tauranga office. She lives at Papamoa Beach and outside of work enjoys family time at the beach, travelling around Aotearoa, photography, and classic cars.

Welcome also to Ben Cochrane, who joins us as a Senior Solicitor in the resource management team. Ben has provided strategic advice to both public and private clients on a wide range of policy and planning issues under the Resource Management Act and is passionate about the sustainable management of New Zealand’s unique natural and physical resources. Outside of work, Ben enjoys trail running and hitting the slopes as well as trying out new restaurants with friends. We are very much looking forward to having him on board.

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