My Career to Date
I started practice in 2010 in a small town law firm doing family law, which I believe gave me an excellent grounding in the law. From there I have worked in other provincial law firms elsewhere in the North Island gaining valuable knowledge in different areas of the law, but notably property and trust law. I have carried through my family law background in my relationship property work. I have also had the privilege of working with people who have a fondness for making the law more accessible through technology and this has shaped my approach to the job.
Professional Associations and Community Organisations
I volunteer at Upper Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau and I’m a member of the Venus Networking Group.
My approach to working with my clients
I like to give my clients honest, meaningful advice that is practical and easy to understand. I don’t believe in one size fits all; every person and each circumstance is different and your advice, your transaction, your structure, should be tailored to your needs rather than those needs squashed into a cookie cutter solution.
Most rewarding experience I've had at work
I love seeing a satisfied client or colleague, regardless of what form that takes. Knowing that I have helped someone achieve their goals, answered their questions or brightened their day is really important to me.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given
Slash, in his self-titled book “Slash”, said “You can't wait around for destiny to give you what you think you deserve, you have to earn it, even if you think you've paid your dues.” And it’s so true. Also in conjunction with this, in the movie Win a Date with Tad Hamilton the bar tender ‘Angelica’ says to Pete “Honey your odds go up when you fill out the application” and I try to live my life by that sage advice.
What stimulates me
I love to laugh – the law can be very dry, but it doesn’t have to be that way! I like to ensure that I can help make your foray into the law fun and accessible.
What I enjoy outside of work
I have two wonderful children who keep me busy. I also love road tripping around the country and reading (not at the same time).
If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be
These days I have trouble imagining my life without the law, but I think I’d love to get into event planning if I wasn’t a lawyer – maybe I could do both! When I was younger I went through two phases – archeologist and mechanic, which probably speaks to my love of variety.