As a general practitioner I partner individuals and families with the array of legal matters that arise during the course of their lives: including buying and selling properties, purchasing businesses and leasing premises, putting Wills and Trusts in place, and administering estates.
I have built my practice mostly on our clients’ referral and the relationships I have with the community – I do not take this lightly and am proud to serve multi-generations in families, organisations and businesses.
My clients come to me with a whole raft of issues and, while I’m the first port of call, I am able to pull in our firm’s experts when required. I always ensure I know what’s going on and that my colleagues are meeting my clients’ expectations.
As a long time Notary Public I am delighted to meet, and partner, new immigrants as they embark on their New Zealand experience, and also, on many occasions, to be chosen as their lawyer.
I’m approachable. Because I’ve dealt with most of the issues that people have to deal with, I can do your work expediently and economically – I don’t have to spend extra valuable time working out what needs to be done.
What I enjoy most about my work is the people contact. I’m interested in my clients and what they’re doing, as well as what their family members are up to. I get satisfaction from seeing my clients achieve their goals and seeing them well protected. For example, when parents lend money to their children for weddings and house purchases, I always advise them to document the loan. That way, if the marriage dissolves they can protect their interest – rather than it being divided under the Property Relationships Act.
If you are looking for a lawyer who clients say is easy to deal with, easy to get hold of, easy to talk to, who can deal with difficult issues, and who explains things in a way that they can easily understand, then please get in touch with me.
LLB, University of Auckland 1973
Notary Public, 1998
I was born and schooled on the North Shore. In 1982, I set up on my own practice with four active files and thirty deed packets (after leaving Sheffield Young & Ellis in Auckland).
This turned out to be my biggest work accomplishment to date. I built up a vibrant practice serving the North Shore, with a team of twenty people based in Takapuna, before merging with McVeagh Fleming in 2007.
I enjoy playing golf at Omaha Beach Golf Club. It’s a hidden gem. I don’t play particularly well (though I’m forever hopeful) and I enjoy getting out with my mates.
My wife and I share a strong interest in contemporary New Zealand art and admire artists such as Ian Scott, Robert Ellis, Fatu Fe’eu, Billy Apple and newer artists such as Toby Raine.
My wife and I have grown up children and several grandchildren and enjoy family time with them and our extended family and friends.