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About Nigel Stirling
Career to date"I joined Gibson Sheat in 1984 as a commercial solicitor. Over the years, I have gained a broad experience in a wide range of major transactions for clients (and even as a court lawyer undertaking a murder trial). I assisted to establish Gibson Sheat's Wellington office in 1999, and have been based here since then."
Nigel is a commercial partner based in our Wellington office. He has extensive experience working for a wide variety of business, not for profit and individual clients. Nigel's expertise covers advising, negotiating and drafting a diverse range of commercial contracts, but also encompasses many other areas, including:
HighlightsIt was very satisfying establishing the Wellington office and seeing it grow. I also take great pride in having led the firm's development as a leading advisor in the New Zealand sports and recreation sector.
Professional Associations and Community OrganisationsI am a current or former director of several companies and not for profit organisations including:
My approach to working with my clientsMy approach is collaborative and tailored to suit my clients.
I understand the environments in which my clients operate and can deliver solutions that meet their needs. I aim for my clients to regard me as one of their trusted advisors and I am always prepared to "go the extra mile" to achieve the best possible outcomes for them.
An instance when I've given a client a real competitive edgeOne of my major clients tells me that my knowledge and experience of their business and the sector in which they operate, enables me to be pro-active and to look around corners for them to add value to what they do. They know that I am always watching out for their interests.
The best piece of advice I've ever been givenOn Saturday mornings when I was heading off to play sport, my Dad would tell me "watch the ball!" This simple, all encompassing advice is very much about being prepared and ensuring that I focus on what is in front of me, so that I can respond appropriately and do my very best in every situation.
What stimulates meThe opportunity to engage in a wide variety of interesting commercial work for great clients is very stimulating. I feel very fortunate that, I spend a lot of my time working in the vibrant sport and export sectors. Another bonus is that I have met many energetic and innovative people along the way.
Outside of work, I find spending time with my family and my friends as well as getting stuck into a project or a goal - whether it's around the house, the garden, or in sport - stimulating. I also relish the opportunity to try new things.
What I enjoy outside of workI love the outdoors and participate in a number of sporting and recreational activities including running, fishing, kayaking, golf and the gym.
I enjoy the variety of the Wellington lifestyle - there's always so much happening in our vibrant city. I also enjoy spending time with my lovely wife Kaye and our two young children at our ramshackle beach house, which we escape to at weekends wherever possible.
If I wasn't a lawyer, I'd be...A farmer or adventurer because of my love of the outdoors.