Athene Trust Law
Consultants to law firms and barristers.


Courage. Strategy. Practical Wisdom.

About Us


Our inspiration

  • Athene is the Greek goddess of wisdom and war. Like us, she is known for her courage, inspiration and strategy.

  • Athene is symbolic of justice and skill. She represents the wisdom and practical reason that inspires our service.

  • Athene is the patron of crafts. Like Athene, we provide intelligent and elegant tailored solutions to problems.

Dr Rhonda Powell


Rhonda has worked for law firms in London, Melbourne and New Zealand, advising wealthy individuals and families about issues of equity and trusts, succession planning and asset protection. She is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Canterbury-Westland Branch Trusts Committee for the 2019/2021 period. Prior to commencing practice as a barrister, Rhonda was a Senior Lecturer in law at the University of Canterbury.

In addition to her expertise in trust law, Rhonda has research interests in gender issues and reproductive health. She has over 20 academic publications including a sole-authored monograph and an edited collection of ‘feminist judgments’.



  • University of Oxford, DPhil, 2009

  • University of Nottingham, LLM, 2004

  • University of Otago, BA and LLB(Hons), 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Commenced practice in New Zealand as a barrister sole, 2018

  • Australian Lawyer, 2012

  • Solicitor, England & Wales, 2010

  • Barrister & Solicitor, New Zealand, 2008

Activities & Affiliations