I went to school in Nelson and obtained my law degree at Otago University. I was admitted as a lawyer in 2006 and I have been working as a lawyer since then, except for two periods of maternity leave to have my two young daughters. I am an experienced Family Court lawyer and I am also experienced in resolving family and employment disputes outside of court. I am on the panel of lawyers appointed by the Court to represent children in Court proceedings. I am passionate about assisting people to resolve disputes which will affect their lives from time to time. There are a variety of ways that we can assist you depending on your circumstances. Amanda and I are both family legal aid providers and in some cases we are able to provide free legal advice for low income families or individuals.
I grew up in Nelson and completed my Law Degree and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) at Canterbury University. After 4 years of general practice at Wolfe Cadenhead Stone in Christchurch, I continued practice in commercial property law in London for a further 4 years before taking time out to be a full time mum. On my return to work, I specialised in employment law in Christchurch before returning to Nelson practicing for 5 years at Fletcher Vautier Moore in commercial law, family and employment law. This is where Stacey and I first became colleagues before we both moved to Stevens Orchard Lawyers Ltd, where I specialised solely in family and employment law. Assisting clients in finding solutions and imparting knowledge that they can use in their lives moving forward is my greatest reward.