Waikato Business News August/September 2023

Waikato Business News has for a quarter of a century been the voice of the region’s business community, a business community with a very real commitment to innovation and an ethos of cooperation.

Waikato Business News has for a quarter of a century been the voice of the region’s business community, a business community with a very real commitment to innovation and an ethos of cooperation.

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Grayson Clements associate<br />

thrives on simplifying the<br />

complex for clients<br />

Grayson Clements’ Associate Lawyer, Philip McHugh, thrives on<br />

complexity and the challenge of navigating uncertainties.<br />

What sets him apart,<br />

however, is his<br />

ability to put the<br />

individual, his client, at the<br />

center of the issue and develop<br />

bespoke legal solutions to<br />

protect them, their interests,<br />

and their families.<br />

Philip was recently<br />

promoted from lawyer to<br />

associate at Grayson Clements,<br />

a law firm based at Hamilton’s<br />

Innovation Park. The firm was<br />

established in 2008 by directors<br />

Michael Grayson and Andrew<br />

Clements with the desire to<br />

grow a firm that was “a little bit<br />

different” in its value-driven,<br />

client-centric approach. It now<br />

employs 26 legal professionals<br />

across a wide range of areas.<br />

Philip’s love of learning is<br />

clear, and it’s an approach that<br />

he carries into his interactions<br />

with clients.<br />

He has a Bachelor of Arts,<br />

majoring in philosophy and<br />

political science, another<br />

Bachelor of Arts, majoring in<br />

history and religious studies<br />

and a Bachelor of Arts with<br />

Honours in Religious Studies<br />

from Victoria University in<br />

Wellington. After forging a<br />

successful career in retail,<br />

including a stint in the<br />

complaints department for<br />

a small ship cruise line in<br />

London, Philip went back to<br />

university to study law in 2015,<br />

graduating with a Bachelor of<br />

Laws with Honours in 2018.<br />

He has been practicing as a<br />

solicitor since then, reaching<br />

associate level after only four<br />

years of his admission to the<br />

bar.<br />

He is also passionate about<br />

developments in emerging<br />

technologies, including<br />

blockchain, encryption, and<br />

AI and the developing legal<br />

framework to regulate it.<br />

At his best in complex<br />

situations, Philip is passionate<br />

about helping his clients<br />

achieve their goals with simple<br />

legal solutions.<br />

“Just because your life is<br />

complex, doesn’t mean your<br />

legal structure has to be,” he<br />

says.<br />

When I’m working<br />

with a client, I start<br />

by getting to know<br />

them, what drives<br />

them, what their<br />

internal motivators<br />

are. By knowing<br />

this, and building a<br />

great relationship,<br />

we can come to a<br />

legal solution that<br />

best suits their<br />

needs and can<br />

grow as they grow.<br />

It’s no surprise then that<br />

Philip thrives on making his<br />

clients feel comfortable with<br />

their legal structures and<br />

explaining complex legal terms<br />

in plain language. His specialty<br />

is in helping individual and<br />

corporate clients structure<br />

their relationships with<br />

deeds, agreements and other<br />

documentation, and he has<br />

a particular interest in the<br />

interplay of legal persons<br />

(companies, trusts, Limited<br />

Philip McHugh<br />

Grayson Clements – Design, Deliver, Protect<br />

Partnerships, etc) to protect,<br />

preserve and commercialise<br />

his clients’ potential.<br />

“As a lawyer, I love<br />

exploring the ‘what if’<br />

scenarios with clients, going<br />

down rabbit holes and getting<br />

to the heart of a situation and<br />

exploring the opportunities<br />

from there. It’s really satisfying<br />

when you’ve explored all the<br />

options available and come<br />

to a solution that is beneficial<br />

for the client, not just in<br />

protecting their assets, but also<br />

in knowing you have looked at<br />

Grayson Clements was established in 2008 by lawyers Michael Grayson and Andrew<br />

Clements, who both had a desire to grow a firm that focused on designing solutions,<br />

delivering results and protecting people. Their work and reputation have gained<br />

traction and their client base has grown organically to a point where they now have<br />

a team of 26 staff across a range of practice areas.<br />

every possibility and come to<br />

the best solution based on their<br />

needs.<br />

“I’m particularly interested<br />

in the technology space as it<br />

relates to the law, especially<br />

as so much of it has not been<br />

legislated and there’s no<br />

right answer. There’s a huge<br />

amount of work to be done in<br />

that space and that can only<br />

come through us, as legal<br />

professionals, learning more<br />

and doing more work in the<br />

field to establish some best<br />

practices.”<br />

At Bayleys, we believe relationships are<br />

what businesses are built on and how they<br />

succeed. We understand that to maximise<br />

the return on your property you need:<br />

Professional property management<br />

A business partner that understands<br />

your views and goals<br />

Contact the Bayleys <strong>Waikato</strong> Commercial<br />

Property Management team today.<br />

Jan Cooney<br />

Head Commercial Property Management -<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong>, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki<br />

027 408 9339<br />

jan.cooney@bayleys.co.nz<br />

David Cashmore<br />

Bayleys Commercial Manager - <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

021 943 305<br />

david.cashmore@bayleys.co.nz<br />

Gert Maritz<br />

Senior Facilities Manager - <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

027 230 2514<br />

gert.maritz@bayleys.co.nz<br />

Darren Rule<br />

Senior Facilities Manager - Bay of Plenty & Taranaki<br />

027 214 1631<br />

darren.rule@bayleys.co.nz<br />



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