Lawson Avery History

Chartered Accountants based at 11 Cole Street, Masterton.

Lawson Avery Staff - June 2021

Lawson Avery was originally founded in 1909 by Norman Howard James in Perry Street, Masterton, New Zealand. At this stage the primary client base consisted of farming or rural occupations.

In 1933 the office shifted to the corner of Chapel Street and Lincoln Road. In 1939 after the depression and at the start of World War 2 Ray Hollis joined the firm on a preliminary try out basis for a salary of 350 pounds a year. The firm eventually changed its name to N.H.James and Hollis.

By January 1940 Ray Hollis was overseas with the Royal NZ Artillery for four years. He finished as a Major with the Military Cross and returned to Norman James in 1945 to commence a partnership known as James and Hollis.

In October 1945 Norman James had a heart attack and passed away soon after with Ray Hollis carrying on the firm.

In August 1948 Davidson Stratton joined Ray Hollis and created a new partnership called Hollis and Stratton. On 1 April 1966 Peter Lawson joined the Partnership, bringing with him a mostly commercial client base. Due to the significant growth in the number of clients and the aging partners, in April 1973 Bill Avery joined as a Partner and the name of the firm changed to Hollis, Stratton. Lawson and Avery.

In 1974 the firm decided to purchase a section and build their own offices at 11 Cole Street. After demolishing the old house and completing the new building the office moved on 30 June 1977.

Exactly 44 years later, further renovations and modernisation were complete! You can read about those right here.

Lawson Avery Building
  • Services

    Our core focus at Lawson Avery is to provide accurate and timely advice to enable our clients to make the best decisions. To do this we provide a large number of services such as:

    • Preparation of financial statements
    • Income Tax Returns
    • GST/FBT/RWT and other tax returns
    • Monthly management accounts
    • Budgeting and Forecasting
    • Strategic Plans
    • Due Diligence reports
    • Cash flow projections
    • Liquidations
    • Transactional advice
    • Business structure advice
    • Trustee Services
  • Location

    We are based at 11 Cole Street, Masterton. However many of our clients are from greater Wairarapa area so we often travel to meet with them. We even have clients as far south as Southland and as far north as Auckland.

  • Staff

    Currently at Lawson Avery we have two partners and ten staff providing accountancy services to a range of clients. Many of our staff are qualified accountants and a number have considerable experience in both accounting and issues specific to Wairarapa.

  • Clients

    We provide advice and services to a wide variety of clients. Our current client base includes industries such as sheep, beef, dairy and cropping farming, viticulture, professional services, retail, not for profit, tourism, transport and many more.

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