About Rhys Williams
Career to date
I am a commercial and property lawyer at Gibson Sheat, Lower Hutt. Most of my clients are businesses of all shapes and sizes, from sole traders through to a listed company. I have a particular interest in working with supermarket owners, and I do a lot of work with property developers. I like the fact that people in these industries are driven and like getting things done properly.
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
My clients can rely on me to deliver for them. I try to provide the kind of advice that I would value if I was the client.
I provide accurate, analytical and practical advice.
I focus on making things easy for my clients. For instance if I have been asked to review a contract, my letter of advice will contain a section with the wording of any suggested amendments to the contract, so that my client can easily copy and paste these into an email.
My most rewarding experience at work
I 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 the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and have worked in the wine trade), baseball, mountain biking, snow and water skiing/wakeboarding, and trying to cultivate a lawn that looks like the Basin Reserve (work in progress…).
If I wasn't a lawyer I'd...
work in the supermarket industry.