Richard Blackwood


Richard hails from the Wairarapa where he attended Wairarapa College. He graduated from Victoria University with a BA in Political Science in the mid 1970’s, before trying his hand as a freezing worker. It did not take long before he heeded his father’s advice to go back to university to study law.

After graduating from Canterbury University in 1979 he learned his trade in Nelson, Mt Maunganui and subsequently Pukekohe. After 2½ years with a local firm, he set up his own practice in April 1989 in King Street, Pukekohe.

Richard’s practice grew rapidly in the fields of criminal law, general litigation, property law, estates, and all areas in which most provincial solicitors specialise. The growth of the practice necessitated a move in 2000 to larger premises in Edinburgh Street.

Richard continues to offer the same all round expertise that has always been his trademark. His approach to legal practice is based on a healthy dose of pragmatic realism combined with an emphasis on meeting his clients’ needs. His flexibility means he will often see clients after hours to suit their situation.

When not working, Richard enjoys the mental and physical challenge of running marathons and has completed 15 of them to date, including the New York marathon in 2010 and the Mallorca marathon in 2014.

He has also been known to occasionally pick up a bat for Counties Crocks (cricket). Relaxation is a weekend at the beach combined with a spot of fishing, a good book and a decent ‘red’.

Jane Haynes

Registered Legal Executive

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Belinda Williams


Hailing from the across the ditch…a former Melbournite…Belinda is now a converted Kiwi. Her schooling was spent in Melbourne, where she attended Braemar College in Mt Macedon before making the move to Wanganui as a boarder at Wanganui Collegiate School, where she tried her luck at rowing, having competed (not placed) at the National Karapiro Rowing Championships.

One year later she returned to Melbourne to complete her schooling. Belinda first dabbled in the area of law back in 2003 where she began weekend work, filing for a law firm in inner city Melbourne. That part-time work quickly turned into full-time and later developed into a legal clerk role. Belinda then made the decision to move back to New Zealand, with family now residing there too, she worked for a law firm in New Plymouth, Taranaki.

It was not until some years later (and after some sibling rivalry with her kid brother) that Belinda too made the decision to pursue her career as a lawyer and made the move to Auckland to study law graduating with an LLB in 2014. In June 2015 Belinda began working for Blackwood Hawkins Law, having previously worked for a firm in Central Auckland.

Belinda quite enjoys the outdoors, having completed the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in 2018, another adventure awaits with Oxfam 2019 now in the pipeline. She enjoys participating in half-marathons (again not placing) and the odd ‘Tough Guy and Gal’ challenge. Her weekends are spent keeping active, whether it be conquering the Hakiramata’s to spending time with family and friends, she understands the importance of balancing work and family life. Belinda prides herself on her ability to build a good rapport with all of her clients.

Belinda has experience in property law, subdivisions, wills, estates and succession planning. In providing her services her focus is to make what can be an otherwise stressful transaction, appear seemingly straightforward. She is highly focussed on clients’ needs in providing an excellent service in a friendly and professional manner.