Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Taupō, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga
A small town girl at heart, Leone (or Leo) grew up in the Bay of Plenty and returned in 2018 with her whānau to put down roots in Papamoa. Before coming to Harris Tate, Leo spent 10 years at a Hamilton law firm, practicing in a wide range of dispute resolution areas, including general civil/commercial, Māori legal issues and aspects of family law.
Leo has represented a number of Māori land trusts, incorporations and individuals and is passionate about empowering Māori through the advice and guidance she provides, as she is with all of her clients. Leo also specialises in relationship property, estate and trust disputes, Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act matters and elder law.
Leo enjoys building relationships and meaningful connections with people. Even more so, she loves achieving good results for her clients in what are often difficult and emotional situations.
Leo is easily approachable and shows a lot of empathy for people and their situations. But don’t be fooled – she is also known for having a feisty side and is no shrinking violet when it counts!
Leo is passionate about giving back to the community. She is currently on the board of Tauranga Māori Business Association.