Frances Collins


Frances holds an LLB from the University of Auckland from where she graduated in 1980.

Started her career

Before going to the UK in 1983, Frances worked briefly in Auckland and on her return to Auckland, worked for Russell McVeagh where she first met Brent Winklemann, then a law clerk and now a senior partner at Le Pine & Co.

In 1987 Frances came to Taupō and joined Le Pine & Co, predominantly practicing in the conveyancing and commercial areas of law. In 1998 Frances left the firm to build her own practice, working from home. It was a busy time with two young children and a husband who worked out of the country for much of year.

In 2012 Frances merged her practice with Le Pine & Co and continued there for six months before ‘retiring’. It was to be a short-lived retirement and when the firm’s senior partner, Marian Glazewski, became unwell she returned to assist and continues to do so, covering staff leave, absences and any pressure points.

What she enjoys about her work

Frances is a trouble-shooter who particularly enjoys tackling more difficult files that need a little more time and patience to progress and resolve. She finds it extremely rewarding to bring those matters to a successful conclusion for her client.

Areas of expertise

Conveyancing – residential and commercial
Trust work
Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Things which catch her imagination

An adventurous outdoor person, Frances especially enjoys hiking in mountains and travelling to remote and/or developing countries. She has a passion for reading and good conversation A keen cyclist, she’s twice completed the Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge and as an amateur actor, very much enjoys the theatre.


Commercial &
Business Law Advice
Commercial &
Residential Property
Estate & Trust
Safety & Health