In our ‘Meet the Directors’ series, we introduce you to our directors, giving you an insight into their legal experience and what makes them tick. This quarter, we put Mike O’Neale in the hot seat.
Originally, I went to university to study as a secondary school teacher but I had a lot of friends studying law and, albeit a little belatedly, decided to start a law degree while finishing my arts degree. The rest, as they say, is history.
In Wellington, a long time ago! The memories are a bit blurred, but I remember generally it was a fun time.
Being constructively helpful to individuals, families and businesses looking to improve themselves.
The ability to be empathetic to the clients’ customised needs and the satisfaction of seeing them in large measure achieve their goals.
Bike riding, hunting and family-oriented activities.
The successful completion of the rejuvenation of the O’Neale home where we have lived since moving to the Mount in 1981. After that I will have a void to fill.
Out of the Woods: A Journey Through Depression and Anxiety, by Brent Williams, a lawyer who spoke passionately about his book and his “journey” at a recent law conference I attended.
Plenty of people come to mind but, although probably not strictly historical, Barack Obama, who I admire for his level-headedness and ability to bridge the races – and he’s a lawyer!
We have used Nick Earl for a variety of services recently and always find him great to deal with. He explains all the legal jargon well, and his team are well organised which makes the whole process easy for everyone involved.