After growing up in Te Aroha, Evanna graduated from the University of Waikato in 2019 with a Bachelor of Laws, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2020.
Evanna began her legal career in the criminal jurisdiction, working under senior Defence Counsel in the Hawkes Bay. She then moved into a tenure as a Prosecutor for the New Zealand Police running Judge Alone Trials, and regularly appearing in arrest, case review, pre-trial and list courts. This built Evanna strong advocacy and trial experience.
Evanna then joined Employsure, where she regularly acted for small to medium sized businesses in New Zealand covering a range of employment relations and human resources issues, with regular representation at mediation. Evanna advocates strongly for her clients, with a sound understanding of businesses needs in conjunction with legal frameworks and processes.
Grace also regularly represents clients at mediations and has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, the District Court, the Real Estates Agents Disciplinary Tribunal, the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal and the Tenancy Tribunal.
She is a commercially pragmatic and strategic advocate.
Grace is passionate about building relationships and is looking forward to meeting clients in the Hawke’s Bay.