Our Team


Don Thomas. Managing Director – Notary Public.

Notary Public PLS-Accredited-Specialist

Don has been practising law since 1971 having attended school in New Lynn/Avondale/Kelston and practising in the area ever since.

He has unparalleled experience and knowledge of West Auckland and its unique features and attractions.

Don has extensive expertise in property development transactions, commercial transactions and Maori land law. Don is also a notary public having provided notary services since 1977. He is now the first electronic capable Notary in New Zealand.

He is a long serving member of the Auckland Rugby Referees Association and continues to volunteer his time to referee at school and club levels. He is Chairman & Boat Master for the Hawke Sea Scout Group.

e-mail: don@thomas.co.nz

Ray Ganda. Director.

Ray has been practising law since 1971. Ray has joined the firm as a director with the merger of his Titirangi practice. He brings with him a wealth of local experience having established the Titirangi Law Centre in 1986.

Ray’s primary areas of practice are Commercial property, Estates and Trust matters.

Ray speaks fluent Gujarati.

e-mail: ray@thomas.co.nz

Michael Richardson. Property and Commercial Director.

Michael has an LLB/BA from the University of Auckland and was awarded the Senior Prize in law in 2004.

Michael commenced with the firm in 2006 and oversees Property and Commercial matters. He has extensive experience working on property, residential and commercial and trust matters providing sound and pragmatic advice to all of his clients.

In his spare time Michael is a passionate football player coach for Waitakere City Football Club and supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

e-mail: michael@thomas.co.nz

John Gandy. Litigation Director.

Member Family Law Section

John graduated from the University of Auckland with degrees in Law and Commerce and was admitted to the bar in 2009. Having commenced practice with the firm in 2010 John oversees the firm’s litigation and disputes resolution matters.

John specialises in Litigation and Relationship Property matters and regularly appears in the Family Court, District and High Courts and the Employment Relations Authority.

He is an approved Legal Aid lawyer with experience in a wide range of civil and family litigation matters.

John is on the executive committee of the Pacific Lawyers Association. Outside of the firm John is a keen musician and basketball tragic.

e-mail: johng@thomas.co.nz


Alison Jones. Senior Lawyer.

Member Family Law Section

Alison is an experienced family lawyer having commenced working with the firm in 1988.

Alison specialises in Relationship Property and Estate matters in addition to having a varied range of work in the family law area. She also continues to work as a Duty Solicitor at the Waitakere District Court.

Alison is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Family Law Section and enjoys travelling, family time and yoga.

e-mail: alison@thomas.co.nz

Mary O'Connor. Lawyer

Mary commenced with the firm in 2020. Graduating with a joint LLB/BA degree from Auckland University she was admitted as a Lawyer in 2016.

Mary worked in Local Authority, the Family Court and a property/commercial focused law firm before joining us.

She works in our Property and Commercial team with Ray, Don and Michael.

Outside of the Law Mary is a grade and representative level Badminton player and coach and a Volunteer Lifeguard.

e-mail: mary@thomas.co.nz

Karina Grant. Lawyer

Karina has a LLB degree from Auckland University of Technology. She was admitted to the bar in 2019.

Karina is working with Alison and John in the Litigation team.

Karina is fluent in Russian.

e-mail: karina@thomas.co.nz

Legal Executives

Christine Thomas. Legal Executive - Practice Manager.

Christine has been with the office as Legal Executive responsible for Estates, Trust and Elder Care matters since 1985.

That experience and long relationship with banks and other institutions means quick and effective handling of our senior clients affairs and estate matters.

e-mail: christine@thomas.co.nz

Raewyn Rogers. Legal Executive Office Manager - Trust Accountant

Raewyn is an experienced Trust Accountant having worked in a number of roles with the firm over the years. She is responsible for the running of the firms accounts and finances and providing support to our property and litigation teams.

e-mail: raewyn@thomas.co.nz

Jonelle Lee. Legal Executive - Litigation

Jonelle is a qualified Legal Executive looking after all litigation matters as assistant to Alison, John and Karina.

Jonelle commenced work with the firm in 2007 upon leaving Lynfield College and has previously worked as an assistant to both the property and litigation teams.

e-mail: jonelle@thomas.co.nz

Deborah Tait. Legal Executive - Property.

Deborah has a long history in the law having worked as a legal executive for Titirangi Law Centre for 10 years prior to the merger with Thomas & Co.

Deborah is a qualified Legal executive working with Michael, Don & Ray on the property team. She has primary responsibility for client residential matters.

e-mail: deborah@thomas.co.nz

Chloe Cochrane. Legal Executive - Property and Estates.

Chloe commenced work with us in 2014 working as a legal assistant to the property, commercial, trust and estate teams.

From that background and experience she is now a legal executive looking after property and estate matters.

e-mail: chloe@thomas.co.nz


Lisa Andrewartha

Lisa comes from a legal background in administration in West Auckland Property management and Real Estate offices.

Lisa is usually your first point of contact at our office. She will be able to direct your call or take your enquiry promptly and courteously.

Lisa also manages the roster for local practitioners who volunteer their time to the New Lynn and Avondale Citizenʼs Advice Bureau.

e-mail: lisa@thomas.co.nz