About

Wakefields Lawyers was first formed by our Director, Lauchie Griffin, in 1999 under our previous brand, Legal Planit.

We started life as a ‘one man band’ in a completely digital office environment. Wakefields Lawyers became an incorporated law firm in early 2015. We rebranded to Wakefields Lawyers Ltd in October 2016 and in early 2018 we gained a second Director, Betsyn McHardy, and purchased the long-established Kapiti/Horowhenua law firm Simco Lawyers.

Wakefields Lawyers is now an over 17 person strong team, thriving in four locations – Wellington, Paraparaumu, Otaki, and Foxton. This makes our highly experienced team tremendously flexible with where we’re able to meet our clients, bringing quality legal advice to your local neighbourhood.

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What do we do?

CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL LAW: We specialise in providing a full suite of legal services to small and medium-size businesses. Our areas of expertise include capital and debt financing, business sales and purchases, franchises, company restructures and shareholder agreements.

PROPERTY LAW: We specialise in both residential and commercial property investment and development. We have extensive knowledge and experience in both residential and commercial conveyancing, small and large scale subdivisions, commercial leasing and building contracts.

WEALTH PROTECTION: We specialise in all areas of trusts, estates, succession planning, and wealth administration. We have extensive experience setting up a simple and complex family, inheritance, education, and trading trusts as well as advising on property relationship matters, wills, powers of attorney and estate administration.

FAMILY LAW: When your family has legal issues, it’s important we help in you and your families best interest; whether it relates to relationship property, separation and divorce, caring for children, and/or domestic violence. In this emotional time, we are here to offer our most upright support.

IMMIGRATION LAW: We navigate the pathways available to workers, students and residents to provide you with the best immigration advice and assistance available. Our immigration specialist has a wealth of experience and is able to lead you through the application or appeal process.

ESTATE ADMINISTRATION: The executor or administrator is responsible for administering the estate for as long as it takes for them to tidy up the deceased’s financial affairs and distribute the estate property to those they have left behind.

ELDER LAW: The lifestyle options and benefits offered by retirement villages can start to look appealing to many retirees. The services offered become necessary when health fails or changes in family circumstances force people to need more help during their daily routines.

EMPLOYMENT LAW: Our employment lawyers are skilled in assisting business on a wide range of matters – from drafting a contract for your very first employee to ensuring that your employment contracts are up to date with changes in legislation, we can ensure that you are meeting all compliance requirements and understand how changes to employment legislation are going to affect your business.

How do we do it?

We understand that our clients require commercially sound, pragmatic and cost-effective solutions delivered to their timeframe, not ours. At Wakefields Lawyers, we pride ourselves on making the complex simple and ensure we always exceed our clients’ expectations by:

  • Meeting with clients, without charge, to fully understand their personal and/or commercial goals.
  • Offering the transparency and stability of firm pricing, as we appreciate that our clients’ value cost certainty.
  • Collaborating with our clients’ other professional advisors (accountants, brokers, lenders, planners, surveyors, tax advisors) to ensure matters are dealt with simply, effectively and efficiently.
  • Utilising technology and innovation to drive efficiencies and reduce client costs.

Meet the team at Wakefields Lawyers

  • All
  • Wellington
  • Paraparaumu
  • Otaki
  • Foxton
Director & Solicitor
Director & Solicitor
Sarah Woods
General Manager
Nicole Lythcott
Operations Manager
Senior Associate
Associate
Amy Webster
Associate
Lisa Kiteley
Senior Solicitor
Senior Solicitor
Senior Solicitor
Solicitor
Senior Registered Legal Executive
Emma Henderson
Senior Registered Legal Executive
Senior Legal Executive
Senior Legal Executive
Caroline Howard
Registered Legal Executive
Jenni Kinniburgh
Legal Secretary
Georgia Woods
Legal Secretary
Sheryl Kerr
Legal Secretary
Legal Secretary
Kate Baron
Receptionist/Assistant
Assistant
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Senior Legal Executive