Solicitor / BA., LL.B. (Hons)
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Nicole joined Gillespie Young Watson as a Solicitor in June 2018. She came to us following three years in the litigation department at Chapman Tripp.
She works alongside Michael Hofmann-Body in the HomeLegal team and is based in our Lower Hutt office assisting with all aspects of residential conveyancing. Nicole can also assist with Trusts, Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.
Nicole also assists on a wide range of private client and commercial matters.
Q and A with Nicole
How would you describe your style of law/practice or your approach to dealing with clients?
I focus on demystifying the law for clients, making the complex easy to understand. I worry about the details, so you don’t have to.
If you had a single piece of advice to give a person in relation to buying or selling property what would it be?
Don’t get so swept up in the excitement (or frustration) that you rush into anything without appropriately thorough investigations and advice.
What has had the biggest impact on how you practice law over recent years?
The changes in technology are quite incredible (this is being automatically typed as I speak!). The increasing societal recognition of the importance of work/life balance and wellbeing also impacts the way I work.
When you are not being a lawyer what do you like doing most?
You will usually find me cooking or baking (or eating the proceeds), spending time with pets or redecorating the house.
Who gave you the best piece of advice in relation to your legal career and what was it?
A supervisor told me to never avoid or stew on a problem alone, there will almost always be a colleague who has dealt with the same issue before that can solve it in an instant.
What is your favourite quote?
If you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right. Or Hakuna Matata.
If you weren't a lawyer, what would you be?
Tough question… I would probably be an animal welfare inspector and/or run an animal shelter…