Meet the Team - Introducing Kate Chivers
In every e-newsletter, we'll introduce you to a member or two of the Turner Hopkins team. After all, our people are our most valuable asset, and after two years of working from home, it's nice to reconnect and celebrate the good things in life.
For now, we are excited to introduce Kate Chivers, who joined as Principal of our property team in February.
Law has always been at the heart of Kate Chivers' career.
She initially worked in enforcement, starting at the Metropolitan Police in London, rising to the rank of detective within Lewisham Borough CID. When Kate moved to New Zealand in 2003, she joined NZ Police, and it was while fulfilling her full-time role as sergeant, that she completed her studies as an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) with the University of Auckland.
After qualifying, Kate took a role with one of Auckland's most well-known law firms: McVeagh Fleming. Based at their Albany office, she moved up to the level of associate within three years and enjoyed broad exposure to all aspects of property, wills, trusts, commercial/business law, and estate management. She chose to specialise in commercial property transactions, leasing and subdivision work.
In 2018, Kate was appointed as a senior solicitor to MinterEllisonRuddWatts, where she represented not just smaller businesses and private individuals but also a major NZ bank concerning its leasing matters as a tenant. She further advised other large clients on leasing, property matters and related financial transactions. Additionally, Kate worked as in-house legal counsel for a large-scale property syndicator, which primarily focused on property investment for retail investors.
Fulfilling a long-time goal, Kate set up her own legal firm, KC Legal, in 2020. This allowed her to focus solely on her clients, responding and adapting swiftly. However, working alone does have its limitations in terms of time and resources. So, when Turner Hopkins approached Kate, she welcomed the opportunity to join a progressive law firm with an experienced team that collaborates to benefit its clients.
Outside work, Kate and her family immerse themselves in life on the North Shore. A keen sporting family, you'll find them participating in various running events or out on the water, catching dinner (if they're lucky!)
"If you're looking for a property law specialist who is highly motivated and absolutely in your corner, please get in touch."
“I have used Turner Hopkins for my legal services for over eight years. I have always found their level of service excellent and their work to a very high standard. I have used various lawyers at their firm for various businesses I have been involved with and have always had very positive experiences. I would highly recommend them.”
“Joy, we cannot thank you enough for your help with our purchase! You have been wonderful to deal with and so proactive (and patient with my numerous emails). We will be visiting NZ in April so will make sure we drop in to thank you in person.”
“John is very easy to talk to, he never makes you feel dumb, and never makes you feel like you are wasting his time for asking questions. He explains everything very clearly, every time. John's support staff are also very efficient and so easy to deal with. No detail is missed when dealing with them. My husband and I are fans of them all :)”
“I have struggled with different legal firms over the years, but over the past few years I have engaged with Turner Hopkins with various requirements from personal relating to wills, family trust, property settlements and contracts through to commercial engagements including employment advice, commercial lease agreements and general legal advice. I have engaged with a number of the people in the firm and always found them professional, punctual in their responses and very sound in the advice provided.”
“I can't speak highly enough of Jenny. She got everything done in a timely manner and when my ex-husband threw a spanner in the works at the eleventh hour she got the required documentation to his lawyers and settlement back on track.”