Barry attended Christchurch Boys High School and Canterbury and Auckland Universities. At the start of his career he worked for the Public Trust Office in Christchurch, Auckland and Wanganui and then spent two years in London. On his return in 1972 he joined Simpson Coates & Clapshaw (later Simpson Grierson) and was a Partner until [...]

Born in Auckland and educated at Sacred Heart College Andrew attended Otago University and then Auckland University. His legal career started at Simpson Coates & Clapshaw (now Simpson Grierson) in 1983 where he became a banking and finance partner in 1990. He and Barry Stafford retired from Simpson Grierson partnership and founded Stafford Klaassen in [...]

Born in Auckland, Geoff attended Kings College and completed his law and commerce degrees at Otago University. Geoff joined the firm in 2008 after 3 years living and working in London. Prior to this Geoff worked for Fonterra and a private equity firm. Geoff has broad experience in commercial and property law, with a particular [...]

Bee is a registered legal executive who works mainly on property transactions and estate administration. She has been with the firm since its formation in 1994. Email:

Georgia comes from a farming background in Cambridge. She attended Waikato University and completed her law degree and professional studies in 2011. She initially worked in Cambridge before shifting to Auckland in 2013 to join the firm. Georgia works closely with Andrew in property, commercial, trusts and estate planning. email:


Anna was born in Auckland and attended Baradene College. Anna completed her law and arts degrees at Otago University and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in November 2018. Anna works closely with Andrew and Barry in property, commercial, trusts and estate matters. Outside work, Anna enjoys playing netball and spending time with her [...]