If you want to work with a lawyer who's good at seeing the big picture and putting pieces into an integrated whole within your business context and who provides insight and solutions, then Andrew can help.
Andrew will listen to you, get you to explain anything he is unclear about, and get to know your business, so that he can deliver you with best value by identifying and resolving all of your issues as part of your business team. There’s more to law than giving clients a standard document. He will provide ideas and work hard to get an outcome you will be happy with.
Andrew has a number of longstanding clients because he gets personally involved in and cares about their businesses and he often worries more about his client’s problems than his own. He enjoys working out how to put things together and getting results that others think are impossible or haven’t thought about.
Andrew initially studied for a BA in ancient history in an attempt to be Indiana Jones. His dream was derailed by a lack of funds to finance any initial expeditions and he instead obtained employment in the public service.
Andrew worked for the MED (1990-1999) for the Official Assignee/Companies Office and in the Auckland “Enforcement” unit, undertaking a large variety of roles/duties and becoming intimately familiar with corporate law as well as businesses of all types – particularly the reasons for business failure which gives him insight in how to avoid potential pitfalls. The lawyers there encouraged him to study for a law degree.
He worked both full and part-time while studying law. Upon graduating Andrew joined Rudd Watts & Stone (which became Minter Ellison), undertaking specialised corporate structuring and advice work, venture capital matters (eg preparing corporate and contract structures and compliance documentation under the Securities Act 1978), M&A and all related contractual, banking and finance advice and drafting. Andrew moved to Lowndes Associates near the end of 2001 where he continued with the same type of commercial law work as well as undertaking more general commercial law/commercial property work.
Andrew joined McVeagh Fleming in 2003, became an Associate in 2004, Partner in 2007 and Special Counsel in 2022.
BA, University of Auckland 1989
LLB (Hons), University of Auckland 1999
Andrew loves spending time with his wife and two sons. He enjoys reading and the written word and getting ideas and interesting concepts across in a clear way. Andrew's ambition is to write novels when he retires, but he would be a publishers’ nightmare because they would all be on totally different subjects!