The Hutt side of the firm was started in 1927 by Eric Francis Rothwell. He started out as a sole practitioner with his first office in High Street in Lower Hutt.
In 1957 Bill Sheat joined the firm which then became Gibson, Page, Marshall, and Sheat. John (Jack) Marshall was a silent partner due to his busy political career. Near the end of 1957, with the National Party's loss in the election, Jack Marshall decided to return to active practice. On his return, the firm was re-named Marshall, Page, Gibson, and Sheat.
In 1966 the firm became Gibson Sheat for the first time when Page and Marshall decided to go off in a different direction.
With the addition of Greg Thomas and Peter Mathews in 1982, the firm became Gibson Sheat Thomas & Mathews. Peter Mathews was a driving force behind the growth of the firm in the 1980's.
In 1983 there was a merger with Macalister Mazengarb Prothero & Co. From this point forward the firm retained the name Gibson Sheat.
1983 also saw Gibson Sheat create history by being the first-ever legal office in New Zealand to suffer from a strike. The reason behind the strike was the introduction of a revolutionary idea called "word processing". The secretaries didn't want a bar of it â€“ fearing it would jeopardise their jobs.
Subsequent mergers ensued, including in 1985 with Lee & Boyer, and in 1987 with Killalea Hale Robinson & Sarginson. At this stage, the firm moved into its current office in Lower Hutt in the old Power Board building.
In 1999 the firm opened a Wellington office in Customhouse Quay, in 2013 moved to Grey Street, and in 2021 relocated to the current office at 50 Customhouse Quay (just down the road from the site of a former office of the 1940s).
More recent mergers include:
Wairarapa origins -DK Logan
In the Wairarapa, the firm can trace its history back for over a century. It was founded by David Kennedy Logan (grandfather of our former Partner Bruce Logan).
At the beginning of 2007 Gold Walsh merged with Logan Blathwayt to become Logan Gold Walsh, and in 2009 the firm incorporated to become Logan Gold Walsh Lawyers Limited, with the first directors being Bruce Logan and Brett Gould. Logan Gold Walsh also employed former Gibson Sheat employee, Julie Millar. Both John Gold and Phil Walsh had retired due to ill health.
In August 2015 Logan Gold Walsh merged with Gibson Sheat and became the firm's Wairarapa office withÂ Bruce Logan, Brett Gould, and Julie Millar at the helm.
In November 2020, Nowland Gordan and Associates became part of Gibson Sheat.