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Tony Herring - Partner


Tony Herring
Contact Tony

Phone: +64 4 916 7499
Mobile: +64 21 283 3774

Email: tony.herring@gibsonsheat.com
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Specialist areas

  • Government / Crown property work
  • Banking and Finance
  • Constitutional and Governance
  • Employment
  • Maori Organisations
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Sales
  • Small & Medium size business
  • Commercial Property
  • Residential purchases & sales
LLB (Hons), BA 

Tony's secretary is
Carrie Dreverman
Phone: +64 4 916 7481
Email: carrie.dreverman@gibsonsheat.com

About Tony

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.

I provide commercial and property advice, for all kinds of legal issues and problems, to government departments, SME's and individuals. Most often, my advice is delivered in a pragmatic and common-sense manner. Occasionally, I get animated. It's a sight to behold.

Recent Work

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.

I also act for both employers and employees in bringing or defending personal grievance claims, often requiring strategic advice and negotiation to bring about a successful outcome.

Professional Associations and Community Organisations
  • Vice President, Auckland District Law Society Inc
  • Chairman, AFS Educational Trust
  • Board Member, Parkview Parua School
  • Honorary solicitor, Deaf Sports Federation of New Zealand
  • NZLS Panel of Friends member
My approach to working with my clients

I have a diverse range of clients, from multinationals and government organisations to small businesses and individuals. 

From the big issues right down to the small things that are important to them in their everyday lives, understanding their operation allows me to provide practical and legal advice to my clients whenever they need it and, sometimes, even when they don’t.

I've had some clients for over 25 years, so I figure that I'll just keep following the same approach - being interested and curious about them and their businesses.

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. 

Recently, an overseas landlord, unconcerned about the country's economic downturn, was harassing my small tourism industry client for overdue rental. Because of my contribution, the campground was able to keep its doors open and reposition itself to cater more to the local market.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given

There are two.
1.    If something is worth doing, it's worth doing properly.
2.    Back yourself

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.

I have completed 19 marathons and have 1 more to go, Antarctica 2022.

If I’m not digging, cutting, or running, you’ll find me spending time with family and friends.

If I wasn’t a lawyer, I’d be...

a chemical engineer brewing beer. Hazy beer.