A successful first year at Dewhirst Law
A steady stream of new clients has been the reward for a full-on first year in business for the team at Dewhirst Law in Whanganui.
The practice opened its doors in offices in Victoria Court just over a year ago and principal Michael Dewhirst said hard work in those first 12 months was paying dividends.
“Our statement of purpose is to work hard every day to be better lawyers, so that we can help our clients achieve their goals. We believe that’s working for us.”
Mr Dewhirst leads a dedicated line-up – including three other qualified lawyers – whose efforts have started the practice from scratch.
“We went to work with a mix of mainstream marketing and hit the pavement to meet people face-to-face. Our strong brand image and approach proved a great strength and has attracted a steady stream of clients through our doors.” He said some of the success could be put down to the fact that “we’re faster, better, more fun to deal with and focus on lower cost for high quality work.”
“Most of our business comes from the Whanganui district, although we have strong connections in Taranaki, Manawatu, Kapiti and Welington. We’ve recently had a number of overseas contacts, with work coming from as far away as Singapore and Hong Kong,” he said.
Mr Dewhirst began his legal career in Wellington and has advised major corporates on national projects including commercial property, wind farms, transmission lines, roads and infrastructure. He primarily works in business, commercial, rural and residential property, energy and local authority law, resource management and dispute resolution.
Others in the practice include Stacey Hyland and Megan Christie, who returned home to Whanganui after completing their law degrees in Waikato and Wellington. Samantha Bills is from Horowhenua and studied at Otago University.