Sala Josephine Stowers Kolo

Sala Josephine Stowers Kolo is our exclusively recommended Full Service Law expert in Samoa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sala Josephine directly using the contact details listed above.

Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa and until 1997 known as Western Samoa, is a Polynesian island country consisting of two main islands, two smaller, inhabited islands, and several smaller, uninhabited islands, including the Aleipata Islands.

After she left Brunt & Keli Law Firm in 2007, Sala Josephine moved back to Government and became the first female Assistant Chief Executive Officer heading a Legal Services Division for the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment. Here she spearheaded a number of legislative reforms ranging from land registration, customary land leases, environment and conservation and climate change to name a few. She served MNRE for almost 10 years.

Sala Josephine left Government in 2016 to start her own private practice, Stowers Law Firm in 2017. In April of 2018 she partnered up with Alex Su’a and started Stowers & Su’a Lawyers.

Sala Josephine Stowers Kolo is active in her community, serves her aiga as a Matai and is also active in her area of passion, the environment. With her passion of the environment, she pioneered the set-up of the Samoa Conservation Society Inc. She is a member of CARITAS Internationales.

Henry Hoglund LLB (UTAS), GDLP (ANU)

Henry Hoglund started legal practice as a solicitor in 2000 to 2001 for Garrett & Associates in Nukualofa, Tonga. He joined the Samoa Public Trust Office in May 2001 as its Legal Officer where he worked until October 2005 when he joined Vaai Lawyers as an Associate.

In the private sector, Henry has worked in various legal areas including wills and estates, debt recovery, commercial law, civil litigation, company law, property law and family law. His particular focus is on wills and estates and immigration law.

Henry Hoglund became a Partner of Vaai Lawyers in 2010 and, like Fotu, a founding partner of Vaai, Hoglund & Tamati from 2012 to November 2014.

Admitted to:

– Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (June 2000)
– Supreme Court of Tonga (2000)
– Supreme Court of Samoa (November 2001)
– High Court of New Zealand (2010)

About Us:

We come from a family of lawyers.

Our head office, based at Fugalei, Apia, Samoa had humble beginnings when first opened by the late Asiata Saleimoa Vaai in 1976 under the name Vaai & Vaai (later called Vaai Lawyers). For a brief time, we practised as Vaai, Hoglund & Tamati (from January 2012 to November 2014) but have now returned to keeping the business in the family with the establishment of Vaai & Hoglund.

Our second branch is in Auckland, New Zealand (where we presently cater for only Samoan law matters).

We offer you services in every area of Samoan law but are heavily involved in family law (especially adoptions), wills & estates, property law, immigration law and civil litigation.

While we are a small law firm, we aim to provide our clients with efficient and effective service that best meets their legal needs.

Firm Overview:

Our Partners, a husband and wife team who both qualified with law degrees from Australia, together have more than 30 years legal experience in both the private and public sectors.

Mr Henry Hoglund is a New Zealand-born Tongan who grew up in Tonga and New Zealand while Mrs Fotu Hoglund (nee Vaai) was born in the big island of Savaii, Samoa but grew up not only in Samoa but also in Fiji and Australia.

We appear in all law courts of Samoa (except the Lands and Titles Court in which lawyers cannot appear) and undertake both civil and criminal matters.

In Auckland, our speciality is in catering for Samoans living in New Zealand in Samoan law matters with a particular focus on family law (the adoption of children from Samoa to New Zealand).

The History Of Va’ai Lawyers:

Va’ai Lawyers was one of the oldest law firms in Samoa.

It was set up in 1976 by the late Asiata Alaelua Dr Vaalepa Saleimoa Vaai who was joined shortly after by his first cousin Lesatele Rapi Va’ai (now a Justice of Samoa’s Supreme Court).

Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai, Asiata’s younger brother, then joined the practice in the early 1980s, after Lesatele moved to another law firm. Vaepule left in 1997 to join the public service and is now also a Justice of Samoa’s Supreme Court.

In 2002, Asiata was joined by his daughter Fotu Hoglund (nee Vaai) and in 2005 by her husband Henry Hoglund. The office expanded in 2009 when Fotu and Henry set up a branch of Vaai Lawyers in Auckland, New Zealand. When Asiata passed away suddenly in September 2010, Fotu and Henry continued operating Vaai Lawyers

Brief Merge:

In January 2012, Vaai Lawyers merged with Tamati Law (owned by Unasa Malae Leilani Vaa-Tamati) to form Vaai, Hoglund & Tamati Law. For almost 3 years this practice served its clients across 3 branches in Apia, Auckland and also Savaii, Samoa but as of 1st December 2014, that partnership ceased to operate due to Mrs Vaa-Tamati and her husband entering Malua Theological College to begin a life of service to God. We wish them all the very best in their life mission!

Fiona Ey

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.


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).


– 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


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