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Galbraiths Lawyers strengthens its team

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The team at Galbraiths Lawyers, from left to right: Michael Taylor, Jen Batty, Cathy Green, Vanessa Aucamp, Stephen Munro, Kim Beange, Irene Dawson, Gillian Richards, Jeanna Wu, Bhavna Nath and Mary Baker.

Galbraiths Lawyers has earned a reputation for providing unmatched expertise and outstanding customer service over the 40+ years it has served the local community and the established Howick law firm has recently made a couple of key appointments which have strengthened the firm’s ability to provide affordable, client-focussed legal services with a high attention to detail.

They’ve recently welcomed experienced general practice lawyer Kim Beange, who joins Stephen Munro as a director of the firm.

Kim specialises in property law and can also assist clients with matters including business sales and purchases, leasing arrangements, trust advice, wills, enduring power of attorney, occupation rights agreements and more.

She’s known as a lawyer who is down-to-earth, responsive to her clients’ needs and communicates in easy to understand terms. Kim has strong ties to the local community, having grown up in east Auckland.

She previously worked for large city law firms before making the move to Galbraiths.

“I decided to come back to the suburbs because I prefer working with individuals within the community rather than big corporates,” Kim says. “I enjoy getting to know people and learning about their families and their businesses and providing advice where needed.”

Left to right: Stephen Munro, Kim Beange and Jeanna Wu. – Photos supplied Carmen Bird

Another new addition to the firm is senior solicitor Jeanna Wu, who has held legal positions overseas and has lived in east Auckland for almost two decades.

Jeanna has 16 years’ experience, initially as a legal consultant and subsequently as a general practice lawyer, and is fluent in Mandarin.

She says Galbraiths has an excellent reputation for a reason – its staff are approachable, friendly, and readily available.

“We are quite practical and flexible and we’ll always take the client’s interest as our first priority.”

Stephen Munro has been with the firm for almost 20 years. He handles Galbraiths’ commercial, civil, employment and family law matters – anything that “ends up in Court”.

Previous partner Michael Taylor has been with the firm for almost two decades as well and continues to offer clients his wide-ranging expertise as a consultant.

Galbraiths also has a team of very experienced, senior legal executives including Irene Dawson, Gillian Richards and Jen Batty.

While Galbraiths provide a range of services, much of its practice is property-based and residential conveyancing is a large part of that.

“We look after clients buying and selling property, advise on land and build packages, subdivisions and refinancing. We can cover anything property-based,” Kim explains.

The Galbraiths team help people experienced in buying and selling property, but are also the place firsthome buyers can go for guidance with what can be a stressful process.

“We’re very experienced in checking the finer details and advising on the risks,” Kim says.

“It can be quite overwhelming for first home buyers. We like to sit down with them at the very beginning and explain the process, discuss KiwiSaver and Home Start Grant eligibility, the conditions they want in the agreement, or if they’re going to auction the things they need to watch out for.”

The firm is also being kept busy by the new Trusts Act that came into force earlier this year.

“We’re getting a lot of clients with existing trusts who want to know about the changes and want advice on whether or not to wind up their Trust,” Kim says.

Galbraiths has built up a loyal client base over the decades it has served its local community.

They are based at Fencible Chambers, on the corner of Fencible Drive and Moore Street, surrounded by ample free parking, including right outside the front door.

Don’t just take their word for it though – check out their many positive Google reviews which are evidence of the high level of customer satisfaction the Galbraiths team provide.

Galbraiths Lawyers
Unit 13 Fencible Chambers Corner – Fencible Drive and Moore Street, Howick
Phone 09 535 4190

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