Qualifications : PhD in Law, University of Otago.
Fiona is one of the leading family law specialists in New Zealand. A previous deputy chairperson of the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society and past convenor of their Policy and Law Reform and Mediation Standing Committees, Fiona is currently a panel member assisting in Hague Convention matters. She was recognised as an expert on relocation of children, having completed a Masters of Law focusing on this subject and presenting at international Family Law conferences in London in 2013 and 2016.
Fiona in addition completed doctoral studies resulting in a PhD from the University of Otago being awarded, also in the area of family law.
Fiona and her team now work mainly in the area the division of property and restructuring after the end of a relationship or upon death. This includes the associated interface between trust law, relationship property and succession law.
Fiona is increasingly sought after to mediate difficult property and trust matters, arising out of relationship breakdown or unresolved estate disputes following the death of a family member.
She strongly supports mediation as a way to resolve issues, seeing the process as ensuring that all parties have an opportunity to be heard with dignity and respect, and, supported by sound legal advice, re-empowered to make their own decisions. Fiona is a trained mediator, an FDR mediator, a member of the Resolution Institute and an Associate of AMINZ.
Areas of expertise
- Care of Children
- Dissolution (Divorce)
- International Family Law
- Relationship Property Disputes
- Succession Planning
- Trust Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Relationship Property Agreements
- Relationship Property Settlements