About Rhys Williams
Career to date
I am a commercial and property lawyer at Gibson Sheat. My work is varied; I act for first home buyers and property developers, electricians and a nationwide heavy transport company. I am based in our Lower Hutt office, working out of our Wellington office one day a week.
Prior to joining Gibson Sheat in December 2011, I worked for 5 years in a variety of roles in London. I worked on mergers and acquisitions and equity and capital markets transactions at Norton Rose before working on a large competition investigation at Freshfields. Prior to my return to New Zealand, I worked for the U.K.’s financial services regulator on a trans-Atlantic insider trading investigation.
My prior New Zealand legal experience was at Anderson Lloyd in Queenstown, where I worked in the commercial team as a graduate. I studied at the University of Otago, graduating in 2004 with degrees in law and economics (major: economics, minor: management).
My recent work
Professional associations and community organisations
My approach to working with my clients
I provide accurate, analytical and practical advice. I will provide you with client focussed advice, coming at an issue with a mindset of “what kind of advice would I value if I was the client”. Where I can, I will provide certainty for you, in my advice and work product and in my estimate of costs during a transaction. I will also communicate regularly with you.
My most rewarding experience at workI really enjoy de-mystifying complex legal issues so that business people can understand the legal aspects of their business and lives. I get satisfaction out of reducing a client’s future legal costs by looking for potential future legal issues and taking steps to nullify them.
The best piece of advice I've ever been given
“Only ever pick up a piece of paper once” meaning deal with it now, rather than putting it off. Advice from a wise London barrister.
What stimulates me?At work: solving a problem, breaking a complex issue down into simple parts, writing.
Outside of work: helping others, trying new things.
What I enjoy outside of work
Wine (I have a Level 4 Diploma from WSET [Wine & Spirits Education Trust] and have worked in the wine trade), cricket, squash, mountain biking, snow and water skiing, cooking, travel.
If I wasn't a lawyer I'd...have a wine business.