our team

The commitment, experience and ability of our team enables the firm to deal with complex work in addition to our client's day-to-day legal needs.


The Firm

Lockhart Legal was established on 1st October 2009 by Mason Lockhart on his return to New Zealand after working as a Senior Legal Advisor for Heineken International in Amsterdam. In February 2011, Lockhart Legal acquired the practice of Derek Cutting & Co and the practice shifted from Newton to 31-33 Great South Road. Lockhart Legal acquired the practices of David Thwaite in May 2012 and John Sellers in July 2015. In March 2021 the practice moved to Level 1, 7 Owens Road, in Epsom.

In June 2017 Josh Muir joined the firm and injected a new commercial client base. Josh joined Mason as a director and shareholder of Lockhart Legal in April 2019.

The firm continues to enjoy strong organic growth thanks to recommendations and referrals from Mason and Josh’s loyal clients.

Lockhart Legal is committed to remaining small enough to provide personal service, but sufficiently resourced to provide pragmatic legal advice in our main areas of expertise. The commitment, experience and ability of our team enables the firm to deal with both complex work as well as satisfying our clients' day-to-day legal needs.

Mason Lockhart

Mason has more than 20 years’ professional legal experience advising on a wide range of legal matters. He established Lockhart Legal in 2009 aiming to providing pragmatic legal solutions and an excellent client experience to private clients and owners of small and medium businesses. This remains the focus of the firm today.

Mason works primarily with the owners of SME’s on a wide range of issues including acquisitions and divestments as well as formation of trusts and estate planning. He also has a keen interest in all aspects of property law and conveyancing, advising on residential and commercial subdivisions of all sizes while also acting for first-home buyers.

Prior to establishing Lockhart Legal Mason was a Senior Legal Counsel for Heineken International in Amsterdam for six years, sitting on the management team for the Africa Middle East Region. Prior to this he was General Counsel for DB Breweries Limited. In both roles Mason advised on all aspects of the production, marketing, sales and distribution of a variety of consumer goods, as well as on a wide range of business mergers and acquisitions.

Mason and his wife Inga have two young daughters, Isla and Nina and love spending time together in New Zealand’s great outdoors. When he has time to himself Mason participates in masters swimming, enjoys cycling and is a great spectator sportsman.

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