Knowledge - Energy - Dedication
Family Law (child-care, guardianship, protection orders)
Asset Protection/Trust and Estates
Property Law – purchases, sales and leasing
Rural Land and Succession planning
Resource Management Litigation
Business Sales and Purchases
What made you decide to become a lawyer?
The study of law is essentially the study of how and when society does, and should regulate
the human condition – our humour, passions, and frailties are the law’s standard fare, which
makes the study of law a fascinating endeavour.
Where did you study law and what was your favourite subject?
Victoria; Judicial Review (the archetypical student wanting to ‘speak truth to power’)
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Check the facts, then check them again; having an excellent legal argument premised on an
incorrect factual basis is a recipe for disaster.
Do you have any hobbies / interests outside of work?
I research and write legal texts; and teach various masters programmes. Otherwise I enjoy
classic cars (my bank manager doesn’t, but hey…I won’t tell them if you don’t)
Complete this sentence: if I wasn’t a lawyer I would be...
A classic car dealer
What do you love about your job?
Fundamentally lawyers, doing their job well, are problem solvers – and it’s a privilege to be
entrusted with a role where you can genuinely enhance your client’s opportunities, and
welfare (particularly so when practising in the Family Court environment).
Succession planning and asset protection in the rural sector
-from Manawatu Farming Lifestyles, October 2019