Mark Deacon

Partner - Balclutha

Mark is the Balclutha based Partner. He has worked in South Otago for 25 years, having joined the firm and entered into the partnership in 1999.

Jared St Clair-Newman


Jared joined our team in 2020 after practicing in Dunedin for the last 10 years. He specialises in private and commercial property transactions .  He is a born and bred Dunedin local with strong ties to the district. He is available for appointments in both the Milton and Balclutha offices.

Nicola Curtis

Receptionist and Legal Secretary - Balclutha

Nicola is the Receptionist and Legal Secretary of our Balclutha office and joined the firm in 2016.

Trudy Soper

Trust Accountant

Trudy is the firm's Trust Accountant and has been with the firm since 2010. She is based in our Balclutha office.

Louise Thomas

Legal Executive - Balclutha

Louise is our Balclutha-based Legal Executive. She joined the Balclutha team in 2014 and has a background in banking.

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Kerry Dowling

Partner - Milton

Kerry is our Milton based Partner. Originally from Ranfurly he has worked in South Otago since 2004, having joined the firm in 2008 and entering into the partnership in 2013.

Tracey Coulter

Receptionist and Legal Assistant

Tracey is our receptionist/legal assistant in the Milton office, having joined the Milton team in 2019.

Kaye Barnes

Legal Executive - Milton

Kaye is our Milton based Legal Executive. She joined the Balclutha office in 2000, transferring to the Milton office in 2013.

Dale Allison

Legal Secretary

Dale is a Legal Secretary in our Milton office, having joined the firm in 1987.

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Sumpter Moore: Providing Legal Services in South Otago since 1873.


- Family Trusts

- Commercial, Residential and Rural       Property

- Business and Commercial Law

- Relationship Property

- Wills and Estates

- General Law


15 Gordon St, Balclutha

5 Eden St, Milton