Founded in 2012, Guest Carter was created to provide clear and practical advice to business clients, backed by strong experience of the commercial legal sphere.

As lawyers, we pride ourselves on our deep and detailed knowledge of the legal worlds we operate in. As people, we’re proud of being approachable and straight up. Combining the two means our clients always know where they stand.

The law is ever-changing. It’s not enough to perform the same kind of legal work over and over again. Understanding this – and serving our clients best – means responding to change with new ideas and new ways of working. That’s why we’re dedicated to being open with our clients, to keeping them abreast of legal realities, and bring their business ambitions to life.

Whether we are solving property problems, advising clients on joint ventures or RMA issues, our approach is the same – cutting through the complexity, and finding the best possible way forward, every single time.

Tarsha Norris - Legal Executive

Tarsha NorrisBA / NZILE

Legal Executive

kathryn Adamson - Registered Legal Executive

kathryn AdamsonNZILE

Registered Legal Executive

Arlene Smith - Registered Legal Executive

Arlene SmithBcom / NZILE

Registered Legal Executive

Steph Lee - Office Administrator

Steph Lee

Office Administrator

Cheryl Scott - Legal Executive

Cheryl Scott

Legal Executive

Sam Guest - Director

Sam GuestLLB/BCom


Dunedin has always been my home, growing up here and graduating from the University of Otago in 2004.

After practising locally for many years, I made the decision to establish a new firm in 2012. I wanted a legal practice that reflected my own values, a smaller firm where I could take real ownership of my clients' legal needs. It was one of the most exciting moments of my professional life.

Having gained a strong understanding of New Zealand's business and property law realms, as well as fisheries, dispute resolution and many other areas, it was time to take the services we provided to the next level and I approached Simon to join me in business. The partnership was formed in April 2016. I knew from working with Simon previously that his skills would complement my own, and we would make an extremely effective team.

Together we lead a firm that's focused squarely on our clients and their legal issues. We're there for them, and they know it. I believe that this kind of loyalty breeds real trust, and that's the difference. Our clients know that our door is open, and we'll find the answer – every time.


Simon Carter - director

Simon CarterLLB/BCom


Born and raised in Dunedin, I earned my degree at the University of Otago in 2008. I went on to begin my career here and discovered my passion for corporate law.

In 2012, I decided to expand my legal horizons, spending several years practising in London. While there I worked as in-house counsel for Legal & General, one of the world’s largest insurers and pensions fund, as well as the highly regarded, US-based law firm Dechert LLP. During my time in that intense commercial legal world, I gained wide experience in mergers and acquisitions, insolvency and risk assessment.

I returned to Dunedin in 2014 to join Sam and build our own practice, having seen the benefits of being on the “client side” whilst working as in-house counsel with solicitors who understood our business and were practical. I was lucky to join Sam, who was also committed to providing transparent, practical advice in the clearest way possible.

Since then, I have continued to develop my expertise in the area of corporate and commercial law, with a special focus on business reorganisations, joint ventures, property law and technology.


Ben Nevell - Lawyer

Ben NevellLLB/BCom


Hailing from Christchurch, I first came to Dunedin as a law student, before finishing my degree at Victoria University.

From the outset, I've been drawn to roles where I can connect with my clients and grasp the full picture. It's something that's been reflected in my choice of positions - my focus has been on people at every stage of my career. Entering the profession as a family law practitioner in New Plymouth, I returned to Dunedin in 2003 to continue practising law, adding a depth of experience in civil law, as well as commercial and employment disputes, before joining Guest Carter in 2017.

I'm driven to help clients, and to do that I take the wider view. Working in an intimate practice lets me stay responsive and available to the people I'm working for, while complementing my skills with those of talented partners within the firm. Whether it's a commercial dispute, employment issue, relationship property or family law, I'm here to make sure my clients get treated fairly.


Rob Pile - Lawyer

Rob PileLLB


After graduating from the University of Otago in 2013, I was admitted to the bar and began my career in Christchurch. The post-earthquake environment in Christchurch at that time was fertile legal ground and provided me with the perfect platform to gain valuable experience on a wide range of private client and commercial matters.

In 2016 I relocated home to Dunedin to build on my existing network of relationships formed during my secondary school and university years. Since returning to Dunedin, I have seen a need for accessible, local lawyers who provide practical, clear advice that clients understand. That is why I am pleased to join Guest Carter, a firm known for delivering quality results and not sugar coating their approach.

Sam, Simon and I work closely together and advise on a wide range of legal matters. In particular, I have a special interest in commercial, rural and residential property matters, as well as asset protection / planning.


Alistair Paterson -

Alistair PatersonLL.B, Commissioner for Oaths (Aust)

Dunedin born and bred, educated at Otago Boys, I graduated Otago University and was admitted to the High Court in 1974. While attending University I was employed by Trustees Executors and that lead to developing an interest in estate and trust law. Later in partnership with Jack Lemon and Graham Duff undertaking conveyancing, commercial and Local Authority law (Otago Harbour Board) as well as general practice.

For the last 30+ years as a sole practitioner specialising and conveyancing estate commercial and trust law. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of law.

I have always enjoyed the personal inter relationships with clients and am now seeing the second generation of my original clients.

I consider that I have always provided effective and timely legal services and now with a group of younger lawyers at Guest Carter I propose to continue to provide effective and timely results for clients.