BA., LL.B. - Associate
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Will joined Gillespie Young Watson in September 2016 and is a member of our HomeLegal team. He is based in our Lower Hutt office assisting with all aspects of residential conveyancing, and also meets clients in Wellington. Will comes from a background at Gifford Devine in the Hawkes Bay and more latterly he worked for Wellington Family Law.
William Q and A
How would you describe your style of practice or your approach to dealing with clients?
Understanding and thorough, yet practical. I don’t believe it is the role of the lawyer to unnecessarily complicate transactions. In my experience particularly with litigation, there is a risk that lawyers can at times be so positional that more cost-effective and pragmatic solutions are overlooked, often at a client’s peril.
If you had a single piece of advice to give a person in relation to commercial property acquisitions what would it be?
Take the time to do your due diligence before signing on the dotted line – a stitch in time will save nine!
What has had the biggest impact on how you practice law over recent years?
The information age. The role of the lawyer is dramatically changing. With rapid growth in technology and the wide array of information available online, there is an expectation that professional advisors will produce answers as speedily as Google, which is our daily challenge!
When you are not being a lawyer what do you like doing most?
I have many hobbies outside of the law including music, motorsport and working on classic cars and retro caravans – which all provide a good balance to the law.
Who gave you the best piece of advice in relation to your legal career and what was it?
A professor at Law School. The law can be all-consuming. The advice centred on the importance of having balance in everything you do. Work hard, play hard!
What is your favourite quote?
I have many favourite quotes, but I try to live by “Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero” meaning “seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.”