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ABOUT US

Our Law Firm

Your Local Law Firm

Keesing McLeod is a long established Hutt Valley law firm with a reputation for providing our clients with prompt and professional legal services and solutions. 

ABOUT US

Our team

Don Battah
Partner

Professional Profile
  • Don is a partner of the firm.
  • Business sales and acquisitions.
  • Commercial and industrial leasing.
  • Commercial, Industrial and residential sales and acquisitions.
  • Wills, family trusts, asset protection and succession planning.
  • Estate administration.
  • Immigration applications and advice.
Personal Profile
  • Married to Lynda with three adult children.
  • Eclectic interests include most sport, cinema, concerts, dramatic arts, travel and generally enjoying life to the full.
  • Community interests include the work of Rotary, Victim Support and the Wellington Free Ambulance

Ben Davie
Partner

Professional Profile
  • Ben is a partner of the firm.
  • Business sales and acquisitions.
  • Commercial and industrial leasing.
  • Commercial, Industrial and residential sales and acquisitions.
  • Wills, family trusts, asset protection and succession planning.
  • Estate administration.
Personal Profile
  • Married to Lisa with two daughters.
  • A keen fan of football (including the Wellington Phoenix), basketball and cricket, and has played all three in the past.
  • Other interests include Classic Hollywood film and travel, and he spends much of his spare time doing cryptic crosswords.

Peter McLeod
Founder

Professional Profile
  • Founder Partner with over 50 years legal practice in the Hutt Valley.
  • Business sales and acquisitions.
  • Commercial and industrial leasing.
  • Commercial, industrial and residential sales and acquisitions.
  • Wills, family trusts, asset protection and succession planning.
  • Estate administration.
  • Charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Personal Profile
  • Married to Dale with six adult children and six grandchildren.
  • Wide and varied involvement in community and church affairs.
  • Interests and leisure activities include reading, golf, bridge, bowls and walking.

John Comerford
Consultant

Professional Profile
  • Founder Partner, now consultant.
  • Business sales and acquisitions.
  • Commercial, industrial and rural leasing.
  • Commercial, Industrial, rural and residential property sales and acquisitions.
  • Family trusts, asset protection and succession planning.
  • Wine industry law, including sales and acquisitions, restructuring, marketing and sales.
Personal Profile
  • Married to Christine with six daughters and eight grandchildren.
  • Former international wine judge, wine consultant and director to several wine companies.
  • Interests include travel, wine and food, classical music, trail biking and gymnasium.

Jamie Steele
Consultant

Professional Profile
  • Litigation consultant with 48 years experience in the Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Handles all Court related work at Keesing McLeod. Specialty areas are Family and Employment Law.
  • Extensive Family Law practice representing clients in relationship property disputes (often complex).
  • Drafting Relationship Property Agreements.
  • Representing clients in parenting (custody), contact (access) and relocation cases.
  • Senior Lawyer for the Child
  • Associate Member of Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Incorporated.
  • Accredited FDR Provider (Mediator).
Personal Profile
  • Engaged to Christine.
  • Three adult children and one grandchild.
  • Interests include fitness, dancing Argentine Tango and travel.