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About Arnet Law

Need help to sort some sticky stuff out
(or stop sticky stuff happening?)

We’ve got a lawyer for that. Come and see us, we specialise in commercial, property and family law. Our experienced lawyers are here to help you out with straight-talking local legal advice.

A team of lawyers across two Auckland offices

From the proud farming area of Franklin to the Pacific paradise of Waiheke Island, our team of lawyers at Arnet Law work happily across both locations to give you the best advice.

Meet our people

Meet our lawyers and superb support team.

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Gavin Arnet


Gavin Arnet has had a long association with the Franklin district. His family have farmed in the area for 30 years and Gavin grew up in the Franklin district before leaving to study law at the University of Waikato. He graduated BMS LLB in 2004. 

After being admitted to the Bar, he returned to practice law in Pukekohe for five years, before taking time out to travel. 

Gavin specialises in Commercial Law, Property Law, Trusts, Wills, Estates and Succession Planning as well as Relationship Property. He also has professional links to other specialists in all areas of the law. Clients can be referred to these specialists if appropriate. 

Outside of the office Gavin enjoys playing tennis and going to the gym when he gets time. He enjoys socialising with family and friends and is a passionate wine connoisseur. Gavin is the Chair of the Life Education Trust Counties Manukau and puts as much time and energy into this as he can. 

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Miriam Robertson

Special Counsel

With degrees in Law and Arts from Victoria University Wellington, Miriam was admitted to the bar in 2003 and worked in a prominent firm in central Auckland before commencing practice in Pukekohe in 2005. After taking time out to travel, Miriam joined Tompkins Wake Lawyers in Hamilton as an Associate in the Litigation team.

Miriam is a Family Law expert, dealing with all manner of Family Law issues. Miriam has an amazing CV and brings another area of expertise to the Family Team.

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Halima Ahmed


Halima graduated from the Auckland University of Technology with a degree in Law. She was then admitted to the Bar in 2019 and continued to work for NZAA.

Halima joined Arnet Law in June 2021, working under Gavin Arnet in the Property/Commercial team. She is a focused and enthusiastic individual who is committed to helping people with anything that they may need.

Outside of the office, she enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

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Elizabeth (Liz) Fox


Elizabeth, also known as Liz, attended Auckland University of Technology where she graduated with a double degree in Business and Law. Elizabeth was admitted to the Bar in 2018 and began work in Human Resources for a year and a half.

Elizabeth joined Arnet Law in March 2020 and is primarily based at the Waiheke Island office. She is working under Gavin Arnet and is looking to develop her knowledge in the property, commercial, trusts, wills and estate fields.

Elizabeth is a motivated worker with a strong focus on assisting others to achieve their desired outcome. Outside of the office, she enjoys the outdoors, spending time on the water and fishing.

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Abby Burton-Irvine


Abby completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Waikato in 2022 and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2023.


Abby joined Arnet Law at the beginning of 2023, working as a graduate lawyer under Miriam Arnet in the Family team. She developed a keen interest in the practice of Family Law whilst studying at university and is eager to expand her knowledge in this field.


Outside of work, Abby enjoys the beach, being out on the water, spending time with her young family and friends and playing social hockey.

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Briar Anstis


Briar graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a degree in Law and was admitted to the Bar in 2022.

Briar joined Arnet Law in 2023 as she wanted to expand her legal expertise and gain experience in the various areas of family law working beside Miriam Arnet in the Family Law team. Briar enjoys being part of a local law firm and providing quality services to the community.


Outside of the office, she enjoys the outdoors, four-wheel driving and spending time with friends and family.

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Lauren Crosby


Lauren joined Arnet Law in 2022 as our receptionist based in Pukekohe.

Prior to Arnet Law, Lauren worked in administrative roles in the motor and agriculture industries.

Lauren loves to be creative, learn new skills and take on new challenges.

Outside of work Lauren is a whizz in the kitchen and a Pub Quiz maestro.


Bronya Schirnack


Bronya  joined Arnet Law in 2023 as our Waiheke-based administrator. She moved to Waiheke in 2022 after completing her secondary education at Fraser High in Hamilton.


Outside of work, Bronya's interests include spending time with her family and friends, listening to live music, being out on the water and spending time at the beach. 


Bronya hopes to expand her knowledge in Law as she has always had a keen interest, with this being her first step.

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Arnet Law History

We love being a smaller firm and the personal service
(and personality!) that allows us to offer.


After five years with another law practice in Pukekohe, Franklin local Gavin Arnet started his own law firm from a small space on the main street in Pukekohe in 2010.

In 2016 special counsel and family lawyer Miriam Robertson joined the team. She brought with her family law expertise and previously fronted the family team in a large North Island firm.



Arnet Law has continued to grow from there into the small but perfectly formed team of legal specialists we are today at King St Pukekohe and Ostend, Waiheke.

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