Our Team

Meet the Bush Forbes team

Nicola Scott Bush Forbes

Nicola Scott


Nicola is the principal of the firm.  Prior to working at Bush Forbes Lawyers, Nicola worked at two of the big firms in Tauranga specialising in commercial and company law and later, relationship property law.

Nicola’s areas of expertise include:

  • Relationship property and family matters
  • Property and conveyancing
  • Trusts, wills, and estates
  • PPPR orders and enduring powers of attorney
  • Elder law
  • Insolvency law
  • Personal property securities
  • Property sales and acquisitions
  • Business sales and acquisitions;
  • Commercial and company law
  • Commercial contracts
  • Finance

Nicola is also a Treaty Settlements negotiator for her iwi.

(07) 577 6135
Cherie Martin Bush Forbes

Cherie Martin

Legal Executive

Cherie is a legal executive with over 20 years’ experience in the law.  She has previously worked in the areas of estate administration, property, and litigation.

Cherie joined Bush Forbes in 2022 working mainly in estate administration and trusts.

(07) 577 6131
Hilary Lewis Bush Forbes

Hilary Lewis

Law Clerk

Hilary has joined Bush Forbes as a Law Clerk. She completed her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Canterbury in 2023 and has completed her PLSC training in preparation for admission as a barrister and solicitor in August 2024.

(07) 577 6126
Nadine Ryan Bush forbes

Nadine Ryan


Nadine joined the team in 2019 and is your first friendly point of contact here at Bush Forbes as receptionist and administrator.

Nadine has a wealth of experience in organising the team, having been a Team Leader in the private health sector for over 15 years here in Tauranga.

Her favourite thing to do outside the firm is to jump in her caravan and explore the country.

(07) 577 6039
Debbie Theart Bush Forbes

Debbie Theart


Debbie was born, raised and educated in South Africa. She obtained her law degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007 and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in South Africa in 2010.

She worked for a large law firm in Sandton, South Africa for almost thirteen years and specialised in providing professional and bespoke legal recovery services throughout South Africa before immigrating to New Zealand and settling in Tauranga in July 2023.

Debbie joined Bush Forbes Limited in October 2023 as a Legal Administrator.

(07) 577 6039

About Bush Forbes

Bush Forbes Lawyers is a well-established and successful full-service law firm located in Tauranga. 

Bush Forbes Lawyers has a wealth of experience. Our primary areas of practice are commercial and property law, and all aspects of family law, including relationship property and care of children cases.

We provide practical advice and legal support for all your personal and business needs, whether large or small.

We are well versed in all aspects of commercial and business law. Family Law including Relationship Property and Care of Children. 

We can help you organise your personal affairs, including trust establishment and administration, will and estate administration, asset management and succession planning.

Nicola and the team welcome all new clients and are happy to discuss and advise you on any of your legal queries.

Tauranga Barristers and Solicitors

Bush Forbes is a well established and successful full service law firm located in Tauranga, New Zealand.