My career to date
My career as a solicitor started with Simon Mortlock Lawyers in Christchurch in 1997. In 2002 I became a partner in the firm, and in 2006 it merged with McCormack Law and became known as Mortlock McCormack Law. I practiced as a partner there for 15 years until love moved me to Wellington, and I joined Gibson Sheat as a partner in March 2021.
Since 2003, I have worked with many government departments' commercial, infrastructure, and property teams. More recently, much of that work has involved the negotiation, completion, and settlement of several Treaty of Waitangi claims regarding Crown property, including some long-running disputes that needed careful negotiation strategies.
Professional Associations and Community Organisations
My approach to working with my clients
I have a diverse range of clients, from multinationals and government organisations to small businesses and individuals.
The most rewarding experience I've had at work
It's always enjoyable contributing towards a successful outcome for any client, but it's especially gratifying when my contribution directly impacts my clients' lives and livelihoods.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given
There are two.
What stimulates me
Helping clients find solutions to the issues they are facing. No matter how big or small the problem might be, my job satisfaction comes from using my skills and experience to understand a problem, plan and implement a solution and celebrate the success.
What I enjoy outside of work
I've recently relocated from Christchurch to Wellington and bought a new home, so a lot of my free time is spent there, either doing some landscaping or exploring the new neighbourhood.
If I wasn’t a lawyer, I’d be...
a chemical engineer brewing beer. Hazy beer.