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Tenacious Tina

With her recent promotion to Legal Secretary, we catch up with experienced administrator Tina Blackwell, who has been our front of house administrator for the past 5 years.


Having been the front of house / receptionist at Brent Kelly Law for 5 + years, Tina Blackwell has been the first welcoming face for many clients when they visit us at 25 Market Street.

Accepting a promotion to fulltime Legal Secretary at the beginning of this year, Tina is now working more closely with the lawyers and legal executives of the firm on a range of client work.

“I’ve been transitioning to more and more legal secretary work, so the key change with my role change is basically no more phones,” she laughs.

“I enjoy the variety of work as a Legal Secretary, working closely with the lawyers on a range of client matters.”

This includes client correspondence, drafting wills and EPAs and legal documents including for property law, estate law and asset planning.

A qualified Legal Executive, Tina has worked in administration for most of her life, spending the majority of her career at Public Trust in Hamilton CBD, before a shorter stint working in insurance admin.

Te Awamutu born-and-bred, the draw to work in her hometown brought Tina to Brent Kelly Law around 5 years ago.

She says the thing that makes this administration role stand out is the people.

“I really enjoy the people I work with here; the team environment is great. I get to work with lovely clients and really enjoy the interactions I have on a day-to-day basis.”

Outside of work, family and kids sport keep her busy most of the time.

Married to husband Shane for the last 24 years, the couple’s two teenage sons Cooper and Finn participate in rugby, hockey and motor cross amongst other things.

“It’s great to be working in such a community-based firm – it suits my style and my family very well.”