Interview Andrew Lovelock – Gallaway Cook Allen Lawyers
Having sound legal advice with property transactions is crucial and having local knowledge is invaluable. Andrew Lovelock, a Partner in Wanaka based legal firm Gallaway Cook Allen, ticks both of those boxes. I met Andrew at a locally organised event recently. His calm demeanour and knowledge of the local market was first rate. Luckily for me, I was able to get 30 un-billable minutes of his time to find out what he does in Wanaka. He also shared a few handy insights if you were looking to move here. Enjoy.
What type of law does Gallaway Cook Allan practice?
We work across 4 broad categories – agribusiness, commercial, public and private clients. That means we cover everything from the day to day needs of individual clients, small and medium enterprises through to advising corporates and public sector organisations such as local authorities and educational institutions.
How long have you been involved with Gallaway Cook Allan in Wanaka and the wider legal fraternity?
I started practising law in 1995 in Wellington. Worked for 10 years in London and then returned to Wanaka in 2008. From 2008 to the end of 2013 I ran my own practice before joining Gallaway Cook Allan in early 2014.
What types of law do you specialise in?
Subdivision/property, trusts and business law.
For families moving to Wanaka, what legal help is often required?
Most often people need assistance purchasing a property. Sometimes they may also be purchasing a business.
What is the most rewarding part of your role with Gallaway Cook Allen?
Getting to build great relationships with a whole variety of very interesting people.
Have there been any learnings that you could share to new businesses potentially wanting to relocate or start up in Wanaka?
Just look at the numbers carefully before taking the plunge. Ask lots of questions. Have a plan.
Best place to get coffee in Wanaka?
I will claim the 5th amendment on this one, on the basis that I don’t drink enough coffee to be able to give an informed answer.
Does Wanaka differ from other NZ regions for your line of work? If so, how so?
The dynamic is different from most other provincial towns in NZ. Most people have made a deliberate decision to come here. Property is more expensive than pretty much everywhere except Auckland.
What is Wanaka best kept secret?
Chocolate eclairs from Fedeli!
Best advice for people moving to Wanaka?
Don’t expect it to stay the same or be how you remembered it 20 or even 10 years ago. It is going to continue to grow, change and evolve.
It’s 10am on a Sunday morning, where would we find you and what are you doing?
Out with the family enjoying this amazing place that we get to live.
Favourite time of year in Wanaka and why?
February. Long summer evenings.
Get in contact with Andrew here.