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Lower Hutt + 64 4 569 4873
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Mike Barnes - Senior Solicitor

About Mike

My Career to Date

I started my legal career with a respected commercial, trust, and property firm in Lower Hutt before taking up an opportunity with Gibson Sheat in 2017.

My Recent Work
  • Completing complex subdivisional work for a private client
  • Assisting a client in negotiations to avoid an impending mortgagee sale
  • Advising as to cross lease disputes and remedying defective flats plans
Professional Associations and Community Organisations
  • Member of the Property Law Section
  • New Zealand Law Society
  • Citizens’ Advice Bureau
My approach to working with my clients

I am an affable and direct person, and make sure that we are all on the same page from our first meeting. I try to be available to discuss matters so that we address things early, and there is no need for unnecessary stress.

Most rewarding experience I've had at work

I find it most rewarding keeping strong relationships, such as with people I have assisted to purchase their first home, now using their equity to purchase their first investment property - and sometimes managing it themselves.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given

Look after people and the rest will follow.

What stimulates me

I like to work through a problem thoroughly and logically to come to the answer which will hold up the best, or provides the best outcome.

What I enjoy outside of work
I like to demolish and renovate property (mostly demolish) including the fun and trials that come with it.

I try to run when I can, otherwise walking around the waterfront in the crisp Wellington breeze each day.

I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee and racquet sports, and regularly enjoy being able to access the heart of craft beer producing right in the city.

If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be

Training and breeding dogs full time – watch this space.