Caroline McCarthy - LLB

Caroline has over 25 years legal experience and has worked for law firms in Blenheim, Wellington and the Cook Islands. In April 2010, she established McCarthy Law Limited in Blenheim. Caroline has extensive experience in family law and is an experienced “lawyer for child” as well as being “lawyer for subject person” in cases concerning capacity.  She strives to assist parties to reach solutions without the need for court intervention and conducts mediations in respect of parenting matters and relationship property. General practice law means Caroline’s areas of expertise are broadened to include conveyancing, Wills, succession planning and family trusts. She has been a board member of the Cancer Society Marlborough and the honorary solicitor for Garden Marlborough.

Caroline was an Outward Bound Instructor in a previous life and continues to enjoy cycling and other outdoor adventures.


Neroli Vallance - BA, LLB

Neroli joined McCarthy Law in July 2018 as a Consultant Solicitor.  Neroli has 20 years of legal and consulting experience.

She specialises in all aspects of Family Law including the care of children and relationship property. 

In addition, Neroli has experience in most aspects of general legal practice including estate planning, property agreements and employment law.

Outside of the office Neroli is involved in various community organisations at a board level which allows her to give back to the Marlborough community. She also enjoys spending time with her young family and connecting with friends over a good pot of tea.


Dijana van Keulen - NZILE

Dijana joined our team in February 2017 after relocating to Marlborough from the North Island. Dijana has 20 years experience working in various law firms around the world and qualified as a Legal Executive in 2010. Dijana came to us from a busy law firm in West Auckland and has vast conveyancing knowledge.

Outside of work Dijana enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, she loves watching movies, running, swimming and travelling.


Sharyn Wilson

Sharyn joined our team in February 2015. As Trust Account Administrator/ Office Manager, Sharyn manages all our business financial requirements, our Trust Accounting and Clients’ funds, in addition to implementing systems to allow the smooth operation of our firm.  She brings over 25 years of administrative experience with her.

Outside of work, Sharyn enjoys many outdoor activities with her family and friends and is a keen sports fan.  Gardening, yoga and reading are all favourite pastimes.


Ryan Lock - BSc(Hons)

Ryan has been with the McCarthy Law team right from the beginning. Ryan is our deeds clerk and does a great job assisting in the running of the office.

Ryan worked as a petroleum geologist in New Zealand, Thailand and Indonesia before becoming an Outdoors Instructor at the Cobham Outward Bound School in Marlborough.

Cabie Giles

Cabie joined the McCarthy Law team in June 2017, as our Receptionist / Assistant Office Administrator. She really enjoys working alongside the clients and legal professionals she deals with daily.

Outside of work Cabie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys dancing, speedway and working on her family’s vineyard. She is currently studying a Viticulture and Winemaking course with NMIT.