Our Team

Pukekohe Law Specialists

Ross Sly

Senior Associate

With over 20 years' experience, I offer advice and expertise on a broad range of legal matters including property purchase and sales, business purchase and sales, leasing, general commercial advice, contracts, wills and trusts.

I pride myself on being highly pragmatic, flexible and efficient in my approach. I care deeply and enjoy helping my clients navigate important life and/or business decisions. I’m valued for my ‘straightup’, honest approach and ability to explain the fine-print in easy-to-understand terms. I’m a hands-on lawyer and can support you across all aspects of a job.

I pride myself on being highly available to my clients so do not hesitate to call my mobile, email or message me at any time. I appreciate that it is often at the weekend or in the evenings that you most need access to advice. Making time for my clients during weekends is not a problem.

I work with a network of other experienced professionals including other specialist lawyers, accountants, mortgage brokers, real estate agents and surveyors. Where I am unable to assist you directly, I am confident that those within my professional network will be able to look after you.

Outside of the office I enjoy the gym, football and anything related to the sea.

Michelle Donovan

Senior Associate

Michelle was admitted to practice in 1999. Before joining the firm, Michelle worked for many years in the Privacy Commissioner’s office as the Legal Officer for two consecutive Commissioners and for nearly ten years as an independent reviewer of ACC decisions.

She brings this highly specialised knowledge and expertise to all general civil litigation cases. Building on James’ existing expertise in family and property law, Michelle also deals with family law and relationship property matters, including the drafting and certification of living together and separation agreements - as well as litigating for clients in this area.

Michelle notes that: “Identifying the most practical and cost-effective solution for a client is the key to providing them with the best legal service."

Hasika Ben

Senior Registered Legal Executive

Hasika is a Senior Registered Legal Executive who joined Blackhawk Law in 2020. She came with many years of experience and graduated with her Legal Executive Diploma in 2017.

She enjoys working in residential property conveyancing, subdivisions, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Sale and Purchase of business.

She is friendly and approachable and endeavours to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible and that all parties are kept well informed at all times.

Outside of work, Hasika enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Sonya Stoppard

Practice Manager

For the past 14 years, my husband and I have run a successful roofing company, with my role being responsible for all of the financials of our business. When my husband was head-hunted for an exciting new position – we closed our business doors in February 2022.

I joined Blackhawk Law in April 2022 as the Practice Manager. I am enjoying the challenge that my new role is giving me.

When not at work, I spend time with family and friends, hiking, fishing, at the gym, gardening, and travelling, and I am always planning the next adventure.

Danielle Jensen

Legal Assistant

I am a trained Legal Assistant and am currently completing my Legal Executive Diploma. I joined the team at Blackhawk in June 2022.

With five years of experience in the legal field, and experience as a successful retail manager in Pukekohe prior, I understand the value of excellent client service that you can trust. I look forward to continuing to assist our diverse clientele with professionalism, knowledge and ease.

As a Franklin local I attended Waiuku College and have grown up playing soccer for Waiuku, Drury, Onehunga Sports, Franklin United and Pukekohe. Since hanging up my boots you can find me caregiving locally, visiting the beaches at Port Waikato or Karioitahi, or enjoying the many cafes our town has to offer.