I act for a variety of New Zealand companies, small businesses and individuals and also represent a large number of foreign property investors with extensive commercial property holdings in New Zealand.
My clients tell me I am approachable, easy to contact and that I explain things in a way they understand. I’m definitely NOT an academic lawyer. I believe I am providing a service and so my clients deserve to be treated with respect. This means I:
One of my key strengths is my ability to build strong working relationships with my clients, many of whom I have worked with for a long time. This comes down to clear communication, a good personality fit and my ability to appreciate each client’s situation.
As a general practitioner I enjoy the diversity of my work, and the level of contact I have with my clients. It’s satisfying to know I’ve played a part in helping them achieve their goals.
BCom/LLB, University of Auckland 1998
Admitted to the Bar, 1999
I have always been an ‘all-rounder’ in that I love diversity and challenges. I became a lawyer mainly because I enjoy helping people achieve their goals.
I worked at Kensington Swan for 3½ years doing corporate and commercial work, and then moved to McVeagh Fleming in 2002. I went on a year-long OE with my (now) wife Julie in 2006/2007 and became a partner in 2010, aged 35.
Life is very busy at the moment and outside work the majority of my time is spent with Julie, our two boys, Bennet and James, and our twin girls, Abigail and Hayley. What spare time??!! I am still playing premier grade tennis but every year it gets a little harder …. and the opposition keep getting younger!
Travel will always be a passion but, these days, it’s a family affair and a bit more restrained than back-packer days!