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Fiona Coughlan

About Fiona Coughlan

Career to date
I was admitted in 1996 and started out working as a legal editor for publishing houses in Wellington, London and Austria. I spent two years as a solicitor in an Auckland Lawlink firm before joining Gibson Sheat's Wellington Commercial team in January 2004.

Fiona is an associate with broad experience in commercial law. She has significant expertise in commercial property transactions and banking and finance.  She also works in the agri-business team and advises on all aspects of dairy farm purchases.

My recent work
Completing a commercial property and business purchase, drafting lease documentation with a complex financing and security arrangement.

More recently I have been involved in completing a due diligence property report for a dairy farm purchase, which included analysing titles with many encumbrances and settling farm acquisitions.

Professional associations and community organisations
  • Gibson Sheat is a member of the Franchising Association of New Zealand
  • Member of the parent group at Berhampore School.
My approach to working with my clients
I listen to my clients' problems and then guide them through an effective approach to achieve a great result.
My most rewarding experience at work
Working on a large business sale which involved a lot of parties, dealing with several lenders and settling the deal within a tight time frame.
The best piece of advice I've ever been given
Whenever facing a difficult challenge my mother says "Go well" - meaning 'do your best.'
What stimulates me?
The ever-changing economy and business environment provides a lot of challenges to clients and I enjoy overcoming legal hurdles to assist clients and their businesses.
What I enjoy outside of work
Spending time with my family and enjoying the outdoors. We take our three kids tramping, camping, and visiting different parts of New Zealand.
If I wasn't a lawyer I'd...
be a travel writer, because I have a passion for writing and travel.