About Us

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, Betsy 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: 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: 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 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 Wakefields Lawyers helps in you and your families’ best interest; whether it relates to relationship property, separation and divorce, caring for children, and/or domestic violence. As this is an emotional time, we are here to offer our most upright support as well as our quality solutions.

IMMIGRATION: 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.


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