David was born and educated in the United Kingdom and qualified as a solicitor, practicing in London for five years before emigrating to New Zealand 40 years ago.
Since then, David has practised in South Auckland, mainly in the areas of property, trusts, administration of estates, negotiation of relationship property agreements, commercial law, business sales and purchases, leasing and investments.
David's philosophy has been to build long-standing relationships with clients and provide a first port of call for clients with legal issues. That has resulted in strong client bonds and friendships, and the opportunity to share in the making of important decisions for them. He has always strived for integrity in dealings with clients and other professionals. Being fair has always been important for David and he abhors injustice in all its forms.
David is married with three adult children and several grandchildren. His interests outside the law are boating, golf, reading, cinema, and travel, and of course, family and friends.
Valerie commenced working for David Gibbs in November 1990 after 4 years at Wadsworth Norton in Otahuhu. She joined David as a partner in 1998.
Valerie practises mainly in the areas of property, business sales and purchase, family, trusts and estates.
“I like the ‘people’ side of the job. I aim to make the process of buying and selling as stress-free as possible, especially for first home buyers. My objective is to ensure I offer personal and practical advice so that clients can achieve the best possible outcomes”
Valerie works closely with her assistant Joy Peagram – a qualified legal executive with over 20 years’ experience of legal work.
Now that Valerie’s 4 children have flown the coop, and the 3 French hens, Dominique, Mirabelle and Lisette, have replaced them, she is enjoying being a granny, walking, sewing, gardening but most of all playing heaps of scrabble!
Carol was born and raised on the North Shore in Auckland and left secondary school moving straight into a secretarial/office role. Some years later, while in her 20s, she decided that a career in the law would be perfect. As an Adult Student, Carol gained a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Geography) from Auckland University in 1993 and then in 1994 travelled to Christchurch and studied part-time at Canterbury University for her law degree while working full time. Christchurch became Carol's second 'home' and she has a particular affinity with the city and its people.
Carol has a keen interest in all aspects of property law. Many people have commented on her extremely down-to-earth manner and that she is able to explain things in a way which is clear and understood. This is one reason why Carol has developed a great relationship with her many clients, as well as other professionals dealing within the broad field of property including real estate agents, mortgage brokers, banks, property educators, and of course other legal colleagues.
For some years, Carol has given a range of talks to many different groups of people on legal issues surrounding property – these have included property investors, Rotary, the elderly looking to sell their homes and move into retirement living, and various Church groups. First-time home buyers are also a section of people that Carol enjoys working with to help them through the daunting process involved in buying their first home.
In her spare time, Carol enjoys mucking about on her life-style block in Clevedon with her husband, dogs, cat and chooks. She enjoys gardening, cooking, watching most sports, and has a particular interest in horses and harness racing and is the co-owner of a trotter.
Sam recently joined the firm as a Senior Associate with a particular focus on commercial, private client and taxation matters.
Sam started as a graduate in a major global firm in their Auckland office and some years later in their London office. In between his overseas experience, Sam worked for a major national firm in their Auckland office and later with a reputable city firm. He loves to assist clients achieve the best out of any legal matter and makes a point of being available for his clients.
“I practice law with a client first attitude. You will always be able to contact me to discuss your situation without the worry of receiving an invoice as soon as you put the phone down. I hear the old adage “practical approach” as it relates to legal work quite frequently. In my view, it is not good enough to always take a “practical approach” and believe solid experience and knowledge is required to know when a “practical approach” will suffice or whether a more detailed and thorough approach should be adopted.
Using either in the wrong situation will either suffocate for example a deal and or leave the client with inadequate protection. We have the ability and experience to know when to use which approach. It’s about listening to you the client and making sure I understand what you want to achieve.
I am here to make your life easier and to shoulder some of the burden that goes with most legal matters.”
Outside of work, Sam loves attempting to fish and the odd round of golf.
Kim joined Gibbs Mills Livingstone as a lawyer in July 2017. She had previously worked as a legal secretary for over 10 years in large law firms in both Auckland and London when she made the decision to return to University to commence her LLB. Kim completed her law degree at AUT in 2016, receiving the Dean’s Award for the student with the best undergraduate record in the LLB.
Kim practices predominantly in the areas of property (both residential and commercial), estates, trusts, and business sales and purchases. She can assist with drafting relationship property agreements, employment agreements and applications to the Court for property management and/or welfare guardian orders. She prides herself on her communication with clients, keeping them abreast of matters and enjoys working closely with them to achieve their desired outcome.
Outside of work Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, two young sons and their English Staffy. She is a keen reader and enjoys playing netball.