Who we are
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 Police Detention Legal Assistance list.
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 shoes!
Sumudu can be contacted on:
Direct dial: 09 947 6072
Mobile: 027 67 3131 6
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 at 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
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
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 he missed criminal law. Braden started work at Thode Utting & Co. in 2018.
In his spare time, Braden plays ice hockey and enjoys most things exercise (except running).
Braden specialises in criminal and traffic matters and can be contacted on:
Office: 09 444 5335
Mobile: 021 060 1490
Annette is our Practice Manager and is based from our Albany office.
Before joining Thode Utting & Co., Annette was a PA/Office Manager for a structural engineering and surveying company and before that, ran her own business for 8 years.
Annette is a whizz in all things admin related!
With her years' of experience, Annette fits into the role of Practice Manager seamlessly and is the perfect person to keep us all in check!
In her spare time, Annette enjoys catching up with her family and friends, or the occasional fishing trip with her husband!
Annette can be contacted on:
Phone: 09 444 5335
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