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 is a recognised 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 has more recently completed doctoral studies resulting in a PhD from the University of Otago being awarded, also in the area of family law.
Fiona undertakes work in respect to the division of property and restructuring after the end of a relationship and leads a team at the forefront of the developing interface between trust law and relationship property.
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 and an Associate of AMINZ.
“Working as a legal professional in the area of people’s relationships and their property is often to work with them during some very tough times. That is a privilege. It helps that we know what we are doing, we can be relied upon for calm and sound advice, and while we try and facilitate constructive solutions we can also be fierce, protective advocates for our clients.”