After 30 years in general practice in Te Aroha (in partnership as Gilchrist Burns) and Hamilton East (in sole practice as Lawrence Cables Law Practise), I have a deep and broad appreciation of how to apply the law in meeting the needs of both individuals and business owners. I have enjoyed general practice as I love dealing with people and helping them improve their lives and solve their legal, and sometimes personal, problems.

I have the experience of dealing with thousands of transactions all with their own issues and I have the technical ability in dealing with land title issues, negotiation and meeting deadlines to get you the results you want. You can expect personal service with attention to detail in a timely manner and to this end, I have the support of my qualified Legal Executive, Jane Cullinane.

In re-establishing a general practice here in Tairua and the eastern Coromandel, (yes, we had a branch in Whangamata the early 1980's) I bring a fresh face and solid experience to the needs of my clients.

I have also identified a growing new demand for clients needing legal advice and practical support in passing over the reigns of their businesses and farming enterprises to the next generation, as we baby boomers reach that time of life when its perhaps appropriate to think about stepping back. I enjoy the challenges succession planning can sometimes raise.

As well as succession planning, many farming families in New Zealand need assistance and advice with governance matters, and with a strong interest in this growing field of Succession Planning and Governance, I look forward to bringing to Tairua and the Paradise Coast my skill set and the experience I have gained working with families and firms throughout the Waikato.


I gained my Legal Executive qualifications at the Auckland Institute of Technology while working at Russell McVeagh in Auckland, and have since worked in the areas of conveyancing, wills and trusts and in estates.

My love of travel has seen me working in Sydney and Brisbane law firms, and further afield at Richards Butler in London before settling for some time in Hong Kong and working in both the conveyancing and litigation fields there.

Following a stint living in Portugal and raising a young family there, I returned to New Zealand and worked at Norris Ward McKinnon in Hamilton as their Wills & Trust Executive, then part time in Whangamata as a legal executive and now at Ian Watson Legal in Tairua.

Back in a conveyancing position, I’m looking forward to developing a solid connection with the people in the Coromandel area.