Our Team

Meet the Bush Forbes team

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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
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Louise Bell


Louise regularly appears in the family court and specialises in family law and has experience dealing with matters related to all areas of separation, including Care of Children, Family Violence and Relationship Property.  Louise also has experience dealing with Oranga Tamariki.

Louise is a strong advocate, dedicated to assisting clients during what is often a very difficult time.  She understands the importance of ensuring that clients receive expert advice on their rights and entitlements and can guide clients through the Court process and alternative dispute resolution.  Louise is committed to the prompt and efficient resolution of disputes in a cost-effective manner.

Louise is a member of the Family Law Section and can provide services on a legal aid and private basis.

Louise also appears in the District Court as Duty Solicitor on criminal matters.

(07) 577 6130
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Toni Hindmarsh

Registered Legal Executive

Toni joined the team at Bush Forbes in 2017 and is now a Registered Legal Executive.
Toni is currently completing a law degree.

Toni understands all aspects of buying and selling property due to her previous background in real estate.

Toni is passionate about helping first home buyers with the purchase of their first home and can assist with the Kiwisaver withdrawal process and Kainga Ora First Home Grant applications.

In addition to property and conveyancing, Toni also works in the areas of family law, trusts and estates.

(07) 577 6126
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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
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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

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.