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Our People

Dedicated to Protecting Your Rights

Bean Law is a boutique law firm specialising in litigation. We appear regularly in the District Court, Family Court, High Court, Parole Board and the Court of Appeal in defence of our client’s rights and liberty.  Our team can manage your case through what can be an otherwise stressful and adversarial process.

Our People

Charles Bean

LLB, BSocSc - Director

Charles is a specialist criminal advocate. He was formerly a Crown Prosecutor in Rotorua and Hamilton, then shifted to the Criminal Defence Bar in 2008.

Charles is passionate about defending the rights of those accused. He conducts work both privately and through legal aid. Charles has categorisation for 1,2,3,4 offences categories (theft through to murder) and Appeal work in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and Parole Board.

Charles has conducted well over 300 Jury trials as lead counsel and conducted trials both for the prosecution and the defence. Charles has also conducted trials in the Environment Court, District Court and High Court of New Zealand.

Charles has run Jury trial cases in Tauranga, Rotorua, Hamilton, Auckland and as far afield as Christchurch. Primarily focused on the Waikato Bay of Plenty region, he prides himself in trying to obtain the best results possible for each client.

Call Charles on 021 888 370 or email Charles at

Dr Amanda Bean

BSc, MSc, PhD, LLB - Director

After years of scientific research culminating in a PhD in Biomedical Science at the University of Waikato, Amanda embarked on a legal career with the aim of specialising in the use of scientific evidence in criminal trials, including physics, chemistry and biology.

Amanda works alongside Charles to ensure you have the best representation on all cases including those involving forensic evidence. With a broad scientific background, Amanda is able to interpret and detect inconsistencies in forensic evidence so that it can be presented accurately and fairly, or dismissed completely.

Amanda is categorised with legal aid to run both Judge alone and Jury trials, and can represent prisoners at the Parole Board and Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  She also holds lead provider status for Family Law legal aid. Amanda is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, the Criminal Bar Association and works pro bono for the New Zealand Animal Law Association.

Call Amanda on 021 952 432 or email Amanda at

Joshua de Vries

LLB (Hons) - Staff Solicitor

Josh is in our criminal defence team. Recently relocated from Auckland he can now represent you in all Waikato Courts. He completed his law degree at AUT in Auckland.

Josh can assist you with your criminal charges including those laid by police under the Land Transport Act, or the Crimes Act, from charges of assault through to burglary.

Contact Josh on 021 224 3747 or by email

Grace Aislabie

LLB - Staff Solicitor

Grace completed her law degree at the University of Waikato and joined Bean Law after completing her professional Law Course.

Grace has recently been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and works as a staff solicitor in our criminal and family law teams.

Grace can be contacted by email at or on 021 283 7004.

Pahul Kaur

LLB, GDLP - Staff Solicitor

Pahul holds an associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal) and a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne, Australia.

Pahul is admitted as Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia and as a Solicitor and a Barrister in the High Court of New Zealand.

She has previous experience in Personal Injury Law and Insurance Litigation from her time spent in Australia.

Pahul is a staff solicitor in our Family Law Team. She can assist with a range of Court proceedings ranging from paternity issues, care and contact, parenting orders and protection orders in the Waikato Courts. She is fluent in both Punjabi and Hindi.

Pahul can be contacted at or 021 952 830

Ian Quick

LLB, BA - Law Clerk

Ian has recently completed his studies at the University of Otago, graduating with a Bachelor of Law and a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is currently working towards completing his professional legal studies and aims to be admitted to practice before the end of 2024.

Ian works in the family and criminal teams. He is passionate about medical and disability law.

Ian can be contacted at

Jemma Bean

Law Clerk

Jemma is a third year student at the University of Waikato majoring in Law with a minor in Psychology. Jemma has an interest in criminal and forensic psychology.

Jemma works in both the criminal and family law teams and hopes to practice in both areas of law when she graduates.

Jemma can be contacted at

Victoria Tucker Camano

Law Clerk

Victoria is a currently completing a Law degree at the University of Auckland, and working part time at Bean Law. Victoria has volunteered at Auckland Community Law Centers and is a member of a number of University clubs including the Equal Justice Program and Mooting Society.

Victoria is passionate about equity in the law, and intends on practising in the criminal team following graduation.

Lucie Tasker