About LawSpot

LawSpot is a free online legal service. If you are a New Zealander with a legal problem or a question about New Zealand law, we are your first port of call!

First, we assess your question. If your question is generic and within our Terms of Use we will provide a generic answer for free. That answer will be published anonymously on our website to help out others with the same problem in future.

If it is a specific question, or requires further detailed legal advice, or is otherwise outside our Terms of Use, we will send you an email with a list of our trusted law firms that you can contact directly about the problem.

If you have any questions about our process, you can contact support@lawspot.org.nz.

Board of Trustees

Chairman: James Every-Palmer Barrister at Stout Street Chambers

Secretary: James Whitaker Head of Brand & Engagement at NZ Police

Treasurer: Vince Betham Finance/Business Development at Trade Me

Maya Pan Product Marketing Manager at Facebook

Nick Mereu Legal Counsel at Insurance Council of NZ

Paul Bartrum Developer at Trade Me

Executive Team

Nick Mereu

Nick Mereu CEO

Nick is a lawyer who spends his days representing the insurance industry. He is rumoured to sleep with a copy of the Community Law Manual under his pillow and carries an arsenal of facts about pandas to share during opportune lulls in conversation.

Paul Bartrum

Paul Bartrum Head of Technology

Paul is LawSpot’s web developer ninja. He works in the Development Team at Trade Me, and recently helped set up the Treat Me daily deals site and the Treat Me Now mobile app. Paul eats dessert first. And second. And third. He has a thing for jaffa cakes (don’t ask).

Christine Anderson

Christine Anderson Head of Administration

By day, Christine is a law student at Victoria University, and by night, a legal secretary at Buddle Findlay. Inbetween times she can be found using her experience by assisting Lawspot as Head of Administration; and is fueled by an addiction to peanut butter and anything caffeinated.

Matt Comery

Matt Comery Head of Partnerships

Matt is a high-flying government lawyer who loves enjoying the outdoors in his spare time. Whether it's hitting the tramping tracks, completing half-ironmans or marathons, Matt is into it hammer and thongs.

Natalie Marshall

Natalie Marshall Head of Vetting

Natalie is Lawspot's Head of Question Vetting. She is a recent law graduate and currently works as an Investigating Officer at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. In her spare time Natalie is training to run away with the circus and (so far rather unsuccessfully) teaching herself Italian.

Luke Archer

Luke Archer Executive Board Member

Luke is currently a tutor at Victoria University and will soon be moving into a graduate role with a commercial law firm. He enjoys long lunches, pub quizzes, binge-watching TV shows and bottomless cups of coffee!

Our Patron

Margaret Wilson

Hon Margaret Wilson DCNZM

LawSpot is thrilled to have Margaret Wilson as its patron. Margaret has had an extensive career in public service and is a former Attorney-General and Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives. She is a Professor of Law and the founding Dean of Law at the University of Waikato. Margaret believes strongly in advocating for social justice and would like to see New Zealand law made more accessible and understandable. She thoroughly enjoys reading thriller novels.

LawSpot Founders

Maya Pan

Maya Pan Co-Founder

Co-founder Maya was a solicitor at top New Zealand corporate law firm, Russell McVeagh. She has just left Wellington and moved to Stanford to join her fiance, Bowen, and to scope out international collaborative opportunities for LawSpot. Maya is very fond of, but highly allergic to, cats.

Bowen Pan

Bowen Pan Co-Founder

Co-founder Bowen is a serial technology entrepreneur (no, it’s not some kind of breakfast food). He is also the former head of Treat Me product and marketing at Trade Me. Bowen is about to embark upon a MBA at Stanford University. He likes karaoke – a little too much, some would say.

Geoffrey Roberts

Geoffrey Roberts Foundation Partner

Geoffrey is the General Manager of Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley. A non-lawyer surrounded by lawyers all day, Geoffrey understands the importance of reminding lawyers to communicate in a way that other humans can understand. Geoffrey is also the co-convener of the Coalition of Community Law Centres Aotearoa – a support body for Community Law Centres.