Michael Hofmann-Body

Michael Hofmann-Body

Partner / DipCS, LL.B.

Michael heads our HomeLegal team. A Partner of the firm for 12 years he is one of the region’s leading residential conveyancing lawyers. He has a close working relationship with all real estate firms and is often their “go to” person when residential conveyancing issues arise. Michael is married to Karen with two children.

Q and A with Michael

Why did you become a lawyer?

I like working with people especially when they are in challenging situations. I enjoy assisting people with those challenges and helping them find solutions.

When you are not being a lawyer what do you like doing most?

Travelling, both the world and New Zealand. I keenly follow the Wellington Phoenix and the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL.

Where is your special place in the region?

Mount Victoria where you can enjoy beautiful views across the Wellington Harbour to the Hutt Valley and the Tararuas beyond. It is one of my must stop off points when I am showing people around Wellington.

What is your favourite shop/restaurant?

La Bella Italia in Petone is always a great place to eat. Maranui Café in Lyall Bay is another favourite.

How would you describe your style of practice?

I like to find practical solutions to whatever problems my client may be experiencing. Identifying legal solutions is not always the best way forward.

If you had to give a first homebuyer a single piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t make assumptions. Almost all issues we encounter arise from our clients, or the other solicitor’s clients, making an assumption about a matter touching on the process. You shouldn’t take anything for granted.

What is different about the HomeLegal service that makes it so popular?

The emphasis on communication with all the participants including the client, real estate agents, brokers and bankers.