Each quarter we are introducing you to our directors, giving you an insight into their legal experience and what makes them tick. 

This quarter, it’s Doug Lyon’s turn. 

How did you get into law?

I wanted to be a pilot but at 18 my eyesight did not allow me to apply for a commercial licence.

However, I was able to obtain a private pilot’s licence.  

Ironically, due to the rules changes I now qualify for a commercial licence.  

After that it was a toss-up between civil engineering and law, and law won.  

It’s a good result as I would rather have aviation as a hobby than a job.

When and where were you admitted to the bar?

I studied at The University of Auckland and was admitted to the bar in 1974.

What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer

What I love most is the variety of work, relationships with clients and problem solving.

What makes a successful lawyer?

For me, it has to behaving a genuine interest in clients and their affairs, and a desire to provide constructive advice and results.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

You can find me outside enjoying hobbies such as sailing, flying small planes, including being a tow pilot for the Tauranga Gliding Club, motor biking, cycling and family time with children and grandchildren.

What goals have you set for this year?

If I can achieve what I achieved in 2018 then I will be happy. 

What is the most recent book or movie you have seen / read?

I’ve just finished A Fringe of Leaves by Patrick White.  

The Mule is a great watch. Produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, he also stars in it at 88-years-old. How impressive is that!

Historical figure or famous quote?

Winston Churchill.  

He showed incredible spirit with a refusal to acknowledge defeat.