Who we are

Sumudu Thode

Principal

Sumudu Thode is the Principal of Thode Utting & Co.

Sumudu graduated from the University of Auckland with conjoint degrees in Law and Commerce. She started her legal career as a staff solicitor for a criminal defence firm and appeared as junior Counsel assisting a number of experienced lawyers in Jury Trial work in Auckland.

Sumudu then practiced as a Barrister for a short time before becoming a partner of Thode Utting & Co.

Since 2014, Sumudu has been the Principal of Thode Utting & Co after Mr. Utting left. 

Sumudu specialises in criminal defence work and is approved to undertake Legal Aid work for PAL 4 matters (including cases where the maximum sentence is life imprisonment), Parole Hearings and takes calls on the Auckland and Northland Police Detention Legal Assistance (PDLA)  list. 

Sumudu is also on the Legal Aid Selection Committee and RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) legal advisor and client complaint's officer.

Sumudu is known around the office for having a love/hate relationship with all things exercise (especially running and F45) and having far too many pairs of colourful shoes! In her spare time, Sumudu enjoys spending time with her family.

Sumudu can be contacted on:

Direct dial: 09 947 6072

Mobile: 027 67 3131 6

Email: sumudu@thodeutting.com

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Gerry Skinner

Senior Associate

John Moroney

Senior Associate

John Moroney is a Senior Associate at Thode Utting & Co.

Before becoming a lawyer, John had a number of different careers - from being a journalist, a jockey and also running a number of different businesses. 

John graduated from the University of Waikato and was a Barrister for many years before becoming a Senior Associate at Thode Utting & Co.

He has specialised in criminal defence work since he began practicing.

John undertakes Legal Aid work and is categorised to undertake PAL 3 matters and Parole hearings.

 

John has also regularly been appointed by the Court as Stand-by Counsel to act for those who are unrepresented. 

In his spare time, John enjoys a good movie, good company and can be found pool side all summer.

 

John is known around the office for being a 'straight talker' and can give as good he gets!

John can be contacted on:

Direct dial: 09 215 6828

 

Mobile: 021 682 696

 

Email: office@thodeutting.com

Jarred Scott
Solicitor

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Gerry Skinner is a Senior Associate at Thode Utting & Co.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Gerry was in the New Zealand Police for over 20 years. His experience as a Police Officer, Sergeant and Prosecutor is invaluable in his now role as a defence lawyer.

Gerry also practices from the Thode Utting & Co. office in Puhoi.

In his spare time (and sometimes while working from our Puhoi office), Gerry can be found at the Puhoi Pub, on his farm in the Far North or playing tricks on his gorgeous grandchildren. 

Gerry specialises in criminal and traffic matters and can be contacted on:

Direct dial: 09 213 3913

Mobile: 021 532 444

 

Email: office@thodeutting.com

 

 

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Braden Harris
Solicitor

Jarred Scott is a Solicitor at Thode Utting & Co.  

Jarred graduated from Auckland University with conjoint degrees in Law and Arts and then a Masters degree in Law.  

 

Jarred initially practiced as a civil litigator in Auckland and then as a Crown Prosecutor in Whangarei, running jury trials for serious sexual, violence or drug offending. That experience showed him how to incisively respond to a prosecution case.  

Jarred joined Thode Utting & Co. in 2019 and has specialised in criminal defence work since then. 

 

He is approved to undertake Legal Aid work up to PAL 3 and is also on the Police Detention Legal Assistance phone list. Jarred also specialises in Appeal work. 

When he's not fighting for clients, Jarred is devoted to his young family.  Any time away from them, he spends actually fighting, either in a ring or on the mats.  

Jarred can be contacted on: 

Phone: 09 444 5335

 

Mobile: 021 991 057
 

Email: jarred@thodeutting.com 

Mitch Staub
Solicitor

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Braden Harris is a Solicitor at Thode Utting & Co.

Braden was a Constable and then a Detective in the New Zealand Police for 11 years before completing his law degree and becoming a lawyer.

While in the Police, Braden worked as a Detective in Auckland investigating serious crimes before working as a Police Prosecutor based at Manukau District Court. 

He practiced in insurance law for a short time before realising that he missed criminal law.

 

Braden started work at Thode Utting & Co. in 2018.

Braden is categorised to take work up to PAL2 and specialises in criminal and traffic matters. 

 

In his spare time, Braden plays ice hockey and enjoys most things exercise (except running).

Braden can be contacted on:

Office: 09 444 5335

Mobile: 021 060 1490

Email: braden@thodeutting.com

 

Mitch Staub is a Solicitor at Thode Utting & Co.  

Mitch graduated from Waikato University and has specialised in criminal law since mid 2017. 

Mitch started his career at the Public Defence Service. During his time there, he dealt with hundreds of matters, dealing with bail applications, Judge Alone Trials, sentencings and everything in between. 

Mitch joined Thode Utting & Co. in early 2021.

 

He is approved to undertake Legal Aid work for PAL 2 matters and Parole hearings.

In his spare time, Mitch enjoys the company of his friends and family and watching anything sports related. 

Mitch specialises in criminal and traffic matters and can be contacted on:

Office: 09 444 5335

Mobile: 022 6721461

Email: mitch@thodeutting.com

  

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Wilson Main
Solicitor

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Kathryn Elliman
Practice Manager

Wilson has recently been admitted to the Bar, having graduated from the University of Auckland with conjoint degrees in Law and Arts.

 

Wilson started working part-time as a law clerk at Thode Utting & Co. in 2017 and now works full-time as a Solicitor.

Wilson's quiet manner and attention to detail has been a great addition to our team at Thode Utting & Co.

Having now had a taste of what it's like to work in criminal defence law, Wilson is excited about his career as a criminal defence lawyer.

In his quiet time, Wilson enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with his family.

Wilson can be contacted on: 

Phone: 09 444 5335

 

Mobile: 021 088 15461

Email: wilson@thodeutting.com 

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Sue Sheehan

Administrator 

Originally from the valleys of South Wales in the UK, Kathryn graduated from the Swansea Metropolitan University with a BA honours degree in Business & Finance.

After spending her OE travelling around New Zealand and Australia, she returned to New Zealand in 2007 and has called it home ever since.

 

Kathryn has worked solely for criminal defence barristers since arriving in New Zealand and has gained an in-depth knowledge of our criminal justice system and court processes. She joined Thode Utting as our Practice Manager in early 2021 and has brought to our practice her expert knowledge and sound systems experience.

In her down time, Kathryn loves spending time with her family and close friends, whether it be entertaining at home, days spent at her local beach or socialising out and about. She is passionate about food and wine and has travelled extensively within New Zealand and also overseas.

 

Kathryn can be contacted on: 

Phone: 09 444 5335

Email: office@thodeutting.com 

Sue joined Thode Utting & Co. in 2018.

 

Sue has previous experience at the Ministry of Justice (Legal Aid), which makes her the perfect person to keep on top of our obligations to the Ministry.

In her spare time, Sue enjoys swimming, golf and spending time with her family (including her gorgeous grandchildren).

Sue can be contacted on:

Phone: 09 444 5335
 

Email: sue@thodeutting.com