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Richard Sprott LLB

Ph 03 662 9070

richardI started my Legal Career in 1981 after completing a Law Degree at the University of Canterbury. After working in a Law Firm in Christchurch I spent 2 years in the North Island working for a Rural Firm and a City Firm. I returned to Christchurch and have worked in Bishopdale since 1985 and set up Bishopdale Law in 1997.

I have over the years developed a wide and varied private client base specialising in property transactions (both residential and commercial), Wills, Estates, Trusts, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Elder Law Issues.

I am married with 3 children aged from 21 to 26 years. My main interests outside work are running, cycling, watching sport (particularly rugby) and travel. I love planning my next overseas adventure. I also enjoy owning a small share in a number of racehorses and follow them with unjustified optimism.

Margita Grins LLB

Ph 03 662 9071

I have been practising law in Christchurch since 2004 after graduating from Canterbury University and have worked mainly in small to medium firms. My main areas of practice include property transactions, estate management, wills and Enduring powers of attorney, trusts, Elder law and relationship property.

I really enjoy the variety of working in a smaller suburban law firm, particularly getting to know my clients and working with them to achieve positive results.

In my spare time I enjoy going for long walks with my partner and two dogs and spending quality time with my three children and my wee grandson. I also enjoy relaxing with a movie or a good book and a glass of wine!

Tita Elliott LLB

Ph 03 662 9069



Bronwyne Hill

Ph 03 662 9073
Registered Legal Executive 

bronwyneMy name is Bronwyne Hill and I work for Bishopdale Law as a registered Legal Executive. I work alongside Richard and Shirley and am kept very busy! My key area that I work in is conveyancing, which is always challenging and interesting.

I have worked at Bishopdale Law for approximately 8 years having worked here for one year prior to having children and I am now lucky enough to work School hours Monday to Friday. I have worked in law since I left School in various firms and roles and studied to become a Legal Executive while working part-time. I qualified as a Legal Executive in 1994. I love being part of a small busy team and am lucky enough to work alongside my Mum, Shirley, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

I am married to Brendan and we have two delightful daughters, Caitlynne and Brianna. My girls keep me very busy out of work time coaching their netball teams and have me driving them all over town to various dance classes and sports practices. My hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, going to the gym, gardening and definitely a glass or two of Sauvignon Blanc over the weekend!

Shirley McFadden

Ph 03 662 9072
Legal Executive for Richard Sprott

shirleyDeciding on a career path back in the 1960s has taken me to Bishopdale Law for whom I have been with now for 34 years. The firm has developed over the years with Richard and myself being the “originals” and currently consisting of 3 Solicitors and 7 support staff. My expertise is in conveyancing, Wills, Trusts, Enduring Powers of Attorneys and Estates but also in other areas.

I do enjoy working at this firm and in fact work with one of my daughters who also embarked on a Legal Career. Bronwyne qualified as a Legal Executive and is now working alongside myself. We seem to make a “Good Team”. Over the years I have had to adapt to ever changing technology.

I have been married to my husband, Bruce, for 53 years and have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. My interests outside of work are Socialising, Sport, Music and Gardening. The weekends consist of watching my grandchildren in their numerous activities.

Pauline Lines

Ph 03 662 9076
Legal Executive for Margita Grins

I have been working in the legal profession for approximately 31 years, having returned to the work force once my youngest went to school. I came to Bishopdale Law in April 2010 having worked in a small suburban office in Hornby for 15 years and prior to that a sole practitioner for six years. At Bishopdale Law my main role is as secretary for Margita Grins. We are a small and friendly office and I enjoy the close contact with clients and being able to assist them to the best of my ability.

On a personal note, I am married with three adult children and four beautiful grandchildren.

My spare time is usually spent with my family and catching up with friends. I also enjoy gardening, walking, knitting, reading and keeping up with the rugby, cricket and tennis on television.



Karli Cropley


Ph 03 662 9077
Legal Assistant to Tita Elliott

Abbie Sprott

Ph 03 662 9074
Legal Admin Assistant

Paula McLennan

Ph 03 662 9075
Trust Accountant

McKinley Willis

Ph 03 359 6679



Richard enjoys working for a range of clients, developing long term relationships and providing legal experience and assistance in a variety of areas including property transactions (residential, commercial and relationship property), wills, estates, trusts, powers of attorney, residential care subsidy applications, disputes, company incorporations, partnership and shareholders agreements, setting up and administering charities. Richard is a Trustee of two charities and the firm has sponsored the Christchurch Marathon.

We offer a supportive solicitor client relationship with personal service from experienced practitioners.

“Bishopdale Law is a Christchurch law firm that has a reputation for excellence, illustrated by the large amount of new business gained through personal recommendation by satisfied clients.”



Bishopdale Law is a Christchurch law firm that has a reputation for excellence, illustrated by the large amount of new business gained through personal recommendation by satisfied clients.