Career to Date
Before joining Gibson Sheat I spent 21 years in a well-established Wellington general practice where I progressed from the after-school office boy to a partner.
I was admitted to the bar in 2005 and since then have enjoyed the variety of a broad general practice. I find satisfaction in helping people at all stages of their lives – whether it be helping them with the purchase of their first home or devising a succession plan so that they can retire from a long-held family business.
My Recent Work
Professional Associations and Community Organisations
My approach to working with my clients
A fortune cookie once told me that I would make a good lawyer because not even the smallest detail escapes my attention.
Most rewarding experience I've had at work
Some of my most rewarding work has been for one particular client, Rural Women New Zealand Inc. That work has included advising the Board on constitutional issues, acting on the sale of residential properties, assisting the Board and Chief Executive with complex commercial property transactions and the sale of the society’s home-based healthcare company, Access Home Health.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given
My Grandpa always said that we should make the most of every opportunity that we are given in life.
What stimulates me
I have always loved problem solving, even from a young age. In legal practice I love breaking a complicated transaction into its components and working through each one before putting them all back together to make the transaction happen. I especially like working with other professionals to ensure that a transaction happens smoothly and as easily as possible for the client.
What I enjoy outside of work
I have played bagpipes in pipe bands at the top level in New Zealand since 1996. I have been fortunate to have travelled a lot with bands (including many trips to compete in Scotland) and to have made many long and lasting friendships through piping. The demands of family life have started to eat into piping time, but I still keep involved and still compete at the highest level.
I have two daughters who are getting into bike riding, skiing, swimming and tennis; I enjoy spending time with them doing those things. In the rare moments that our house is quiet I like to put on some music and read a book.
If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be...
mucking around in our garden, so I would like to be a gardener. I might need some help though because my green/brown colour blindness sometimes makes it hard for me to tell what I should be chopping or pulling out and what should be left alone.