People

our professional team



Fiona Ey

Partner

Fiona Ey is a Partner of Clarke Ey Koria Lawyers. Her practice focuses on commercial transactional and advisory work in domestic and cross border matters. She has particular expertise in corporate law (international and domestic companies), banking and finance, telecommunications, intellectual property and foreign investment. She also advises on international trade, environment, competition and e-commerce law.

Fiona is known for providing practical and commercially-relevant legal advice. She balances business goals against legal risks to ensure that her clients receive advice that is both sound and strategic.

Fiona is an Australian-qualified trade marks attorney and undertakes a range of intellectual property work in Samoa and the Pacific region. She is also a notary public.

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Prior to establishing her legal practice in Samoa in 2002, Fiona was a senior lawyer in the Australian Government where she advised on international trade and intellectual property matters.

Fiona also undertakes consultancy work in management, strategic planning, corporate governance and legislative and policy development. She works with civil society organizations, governments and international donors.

Fiona is Chair of the Board of Samoa’s Small Business Enterprise Centre (since 2010). She is also a former board member of Faataua le Ola (Samoa Lifeline).

Qualifications and Admissions:

Qualifications:

  • Master of Laws (International Law, with merit), Australian National University (2007)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University, Canberra (1996)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Australian National University, Canberra (1994)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University, Canberra (1997)
  • Trade Marks Attorney
  • Notary Public

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Samoa (2002)
  • High Court of Australia (2001)
  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (1997)

Leiataualesa Komisi Koria

Partner

Komisi Koria is a Partner at Clarke Ey Koria Lawyers and specialises in court litigation and advisory work across a wide range of sectors including tourism, manufacturing and financial services. His areas of specialty include domestic and international taxation, criminal and civil litigation, offshore finance regulation, international trade law and government law.

Komisi is known for his client service and commitment. His mix of private sector know-how and public law experience means he can create practical solutions for clients in a commercial and government context.

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Before joining the firm in 2016, Komisi headed the Legal Division of the Samoan Ministry for Revenue for 6 years. In that capacity Komisi was the Government’s chief tax law adviser providing legal advice on tax and customs law and administration, tax incentives and international commitments under the WTO and OECD. Komisi played a key role in major legislative revisions and simplifications of Samoa’s income tax, customs and VAGST regimes.

Komisi also has extensive experience as a criminal prosecutor during a 6 year period with the Samoan Office of the Attorney General. He has conducted complex litigation in Samoa’s superior and appellate courts, with particular emphasis on fraud and dishonesty offences.

Komisi is a member of the disciplinary committees for the Samoa Law Society and Football Federation Samoa and Honorary Solicitor for the National Kidney Society. He is a Team Leader (Youth Group) and Sunday School teacher at the Fa’atoia EFKS Church.

Komisi holds the matai (chiefly) title of Leiataualesa from the village of Faleu, Manono.

Qualifications and Admissions:

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws; University of the South Pacific (2002)
  • Professional Diploma in Legal Practice, University of the South Pacific (2003)

Admissions:

  • High Court of Fiji (2003)
  • Supreme Court of Samoa (2003)


NADJA CRONIN

Senior Associate

Nadja undertakes work across the practice, including intellectual property, commercial advisory, employment, estates and property matters.

Nadja has over 20 years of experience practicing law in the private and public sectors in New Zealand and Samoa. Nadja’s practice in New Zealand encompassed many areas of the law, including immigration, family, criminal, administrative, public and consumer law. She developed particular expertise in employment and labour law, representing both employers and employees in the Employment Courts.

In 2010, Nadja took a ‘sabbatical’ from the law and studied for a Bachelor of Nursing. She ultimately receiving the award for academic excellence in her graduating class and became a Registered Nurse. Nadja returned to Samoa in 2015, and decided to return to her ‘first love’, the practice of law. She joined Clarke Ey Lawyers in January 2016.

Nadja has previously been Chairperson of Porirua Living Without Violence, a community organisation providing education and support programmes to end family violence (2000 – 2004).

Qualifications and Admissions:

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws; Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (1984)
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Universal College of Learning, New Zealand (2012)
  • Registered Nurse, Nursing Council of New Zealand (2013)

Admissions:

    • High Court of New Zealand (1985)
    • Supreme Court of Samoa (2016)

Logotaeao Felise

Legal Secretary

Logotaeao Felise is a Legal Secretary with the firm. She is responsible for a range of administrative and secretarial work.

Logo worked in several commercial enterprises in Samoa before joining Clarke Ey Lawyers in 2011.

Logo is a member of the Catholic Youth at the Faleula Catholic Church. She lives with her family in the village of Faleula.

Qualifications and Admissions:

Qualifications:

• Certificate in Secretarial Studies, Samoa Institute of Office Technology (2005)
• Pacific Senior School Certificate, Paul VI College (2004)
• School Certificate, Chanel College (2002)


ANA SAUAGA

Office Manager

Ana Sauaga is the firm’s Office Manager. She is responsible for management of office administration and legal secretarial work. She also works closely with the legal staff on adoption matters.

Ana has extensive experience as a legal secretary and administrator having worked in a number of prominent law firms in Apia over the past 13 years.

Ana is the Secretary of the Vaiusu Parish Third Order of Mary; and Secretary for the Vaiusu Catholic Choir of St Cecilia. Ana is an Executive Member of the Vaiusu Catholic Church Fundraising Committee. 

Qualifications:

Qualifications:

  • School Certificate, St Mary’s College, Vaimoso (1976)