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Woodward Chrisp is a well established firm of 40 working in spacious offices, with modern technology and excellent support staff.

While we value hard work we also make sure all staff have time to enjoy the relaxed Gisborne lifestyle with its sun, surf and social life in the heart of our wine country.

Our Practice is ideally suited to that person who appreciates all that living in a small city has to offer...


Woodward Chrisp is the amalgamation of two long established Gisborne legal firms: Woodward Iles & Co and Chrisp and Chrisp. Today’s directors are Adam Simperingham and Ellie FitzGerald. On 30 September 2019, we welcomed Joe Martin as a consultant and we are proud to continue to offer ongoing services to locals who have been Burnard Bull & Co clients prior to this date.  Ross Revington provides consultancy services to us following his retirement in October 2020.  We also established a Wairoa office in October 2020, taking over the practice of Ian McDonald, who had been operating as a sole practitioner in Wairoa for over forty years. On 1 April 2024 we incorporated, and continue to serve our community as Woodward Chrisp. Our firm is a member of NZ Law which is an association of 60 independent law firms.


About us
Our Journey so far

The present-day firm, Woodward Chrisp, pays homage in its name to the history of providing legal services in the Gisborne district since 1884...

Our Incredible Team

It’s the people at Woodward Chrisp that make all the difference...

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