LL. B, BCom
Malcolm is the sole Director of Hewat Galt and has been with the firm for more than 20 years. He started his legal career in Invercargill in 1986, initially practicing in general law with a particular focus on family and criminal matters.
In the last decade Malcolm has focused mainly on property law, commercial law, trusts, wills and estates.
In 2010 Malcolm became a Notary Public, a distinction enjoyed by only two practitioners in Southland.
His approach to clients is to be open, approachable and to try and resolve matters in a practical way.
Malcolm has served on the Rugby Southland Judicial Committee for 15 years and is currently serving on the Southland Law Society Council.
He enjoys travel, tramping, going to concerts and watching sport.
LL.M (Hons), LL. B (Hons), B.A. (Hons), B.Sc. PhD. (Philosophy)
Scott joined Hewat Galt in 2006. Since being in Invercargill he has largely focused on family and criminal law. He is a very familiar face down at the Invercargill District and Family Court.
His approach to dealing with clients is to be frank and direct. He gives his clients the full and honest truth about their situation before turning to give them the best possible representation.
In his spare time Scott enjoys following the Liverpool football club and painting toy soldiers.
LL. B, B.A.
Karen joined Hewat Galt in 2018. She deals with Family and Criminal law.
Principal Immigration Advocate
B.A., Dip. Grad., Dip. Arts, Dip. Tchg., GCNZIA
Shane joined Hewat Galt in 2016 having been previously employed for nine years by the Southland Community Law Centre as a caseworker dealing primarily with employment and immigration matters. Prior to working at the Law Centre, Shane worked in education.
Shane is an experienced immigration advocate, assisting clients to gain work, student, visitor and resident visas, including domestic violence, partnership and skilled migrant visas. Shane has also worked with clients who are liable for deportation and has successfully appealed to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.
Married with two children, Shane is a born and bred Southlander. He enjoys reading, writing, running, swimming and has practiced the Japanese martial art of Kendo since 2002. He is a founding member of the Invercargill Kendo Club, where he has served as President and Secretary. Shane is also the current Secretary of the New Zealand Kendo Federation (since 2012).
Shane is not a licensed Immigration Advisor.
Senior Law Clerk
Judy has been with Hewat Galt since 1973. She started as a junior with Stout Hewat Binnie Howorth in 1973, then moved on to typist six months later. After leaving for a few years to have a family she returned to work at Hewat Galt as a legal executive, dealing with conveyancing matters, trusts, and wills.
Judy strives to provide prompt service and communicates regularly with her clients so they know what stage their matter is at.
Outside of work, Judy delivers Meals on Wheels for Rotary. She also enjoys family, tramping, mountain biking, swimming, films, and wakeboarding and skiing when in her holiday home in Wanaka.
Registered Legal Executive NZILE (Fellow)
Bonita joined Hewat Galt in 1992 as a Legal Executive after six years at another Invercargill law firm. She holds a Legal Executive Certificate, National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing (Level 3) and is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. She worked in a secretarial/legal executive role for ten years before leaving the firm to have her first child. Returning to the firm six months later, she currently works as the Estate Administrator. Bonita also runs the trust account when the trust account administrator is on leave. She has experience in most areas of law including family legal aid, civil, conveyancing, wills and trusts.
Bonita prides herself on being friendly and approachable with all clients. When dealing with estate administration she likes to make the process run as smooth as possible to ensure that the beneficiaries have one less thing to worry about. Bonita tries to ensure most estates are wound up within six months, which enables the family to start dealing with the healing process after losing a loved one.
Outside of work, Bonita helps run her husband’s concrete cutting business. She enjoys spending time with her school age children and husband in Central Otago. She also enjoys attending music, going for motorbike rides, cake decorating, writing poetry and socialising with friends. She has also been both Secretary and Chairperson of the of Windsor North School PTA
Karen started work in law in 1976. She worked in another Invercargill law firm before starting at Hewat Galt in 2008. She works for Scott Williamson and Karen Simpson doing family and criminal law.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys gardening, reading, music, walking, handcrafts, cooking and spending time with her 3 grandkids.
Diana is our Receptionist who will most likely greet you when you phone or call in. She is more than happy to assist you with your enquiries in a friendly, professional and non-judgmental manner.
Having worked in other legal firms after raising her children, Diana has returned to Hewat Galt as our full-time Receptionist and Law Clerk. She is well experienced in the preparation of Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and other legal documents and assists Malcolm McKenzie with the preparation of Notarial documents.
Diana’s outside interests include walking, music, a good book, baking and spending quality time with her partner, family and friends
Ginia is a Registered Legal Executive who has been with Hewat Galt since May 2015 although has been working in the legal arena for 15 years. Ginia deals in property transactions and really enjoys this line of work as well as being part of the great team at Hewat Galt.
Ginia and her husband live on a small farmlet with their school age children and enjoy being involved in their local community.
Lucy joined Hewat Galt in November 2018 as a legal assistant.
Lucy grew up in rural Southland and attended Central Southland College in Winton. Throughout her schooling, Lucy worked in the hospitality industry during her holidays.
Outside of work, Lucy enjoys photography, cooking, baking, cake decorating and spending time with her pet goat and cat. She has photographed a number of events around Southland in the past few years as well as small family portrait sessions. Lucy also enjoys spending time at Stewart Island at her family’s holiday home and enjoys all the activities Stewart Island has to offer such as bush walks, fishing and swimming.