Professional Activities

After completing LLB degree at Auckland university:

1974 - 1975

  • Rural Bank - legal department, Auckland

January 1976

  • Admitted as barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand

1975 - 1979

  • Staff solicitor Schneideman Short & Co, Barristers and Solicitors, Queen Street, Auckland
  • Magistrates Court, Supreme Court, town planning tribunals
  • Wide range of civil and criminal cases

1979 - 1980

  • Allen Allen & Hemsley, Solicitors
  • Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Undertaking work of staff solicitor
  • District Court, Supreme Court Civil litigation

June 1979

  • Admitted as barrister to the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • 1979 Admitted to the High Court of Australia

1980 - 1987

  • Practised as barrister from Edmund Barton Chambers, Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Federal Court, Supreme Court (both Equity and Common Law Divisions), District Court, Court of Petty Sessions, Worker's Compensation Commission, Land and Environment Court, Family Court, Industrial Commission.
  • Also appeared as junior counsel in NSW Court of Appeal.
  • Predominantly Civil litigation - including bankruptcy and liquidation matters, tortious claims, contractual disputes, disputes regarding deceased estates.
  • Criminal jurisdiction - concerning prosecution of unlicensed real estate agents.

February 1987 to present

  • Barrister at the independent Bar - practising from Shortland Chambers, Level 12, 70 Shortland Street, Auckland
  • Court of Appeal, High Court, District Court, Family Court
  • Junior counsel in Court of Appeal and Privy Council
  • Also appointments by the Court (High, District, Family) as counsel assisting the Court, or, as counsel appointed to represent the interests of persons affected by the litigation
  • Civil litigation - main field of practice being litigation regarding succession and disputes regarding deceased estates, including trusts and Will interpretation
  • Also, relationship property litigation (formerly known as matrimonial property and de facto property disputes)
  • Hague Convention litigation (international abduction of children)
  • Guardianship, custody and access disputes
  • General civil litigation

Tribunal Appointments

  • Member Refugee Status Appeals Authority - 1993 - 1997
  • Chairperson Motor Vehicle Salesmen Registration Authority - 1993- 1997

Recent Service To Profession

  • Member New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills faculty 1997 - to date
  • Member Auckland District Law Society Complaints Committee
  • Co- presenter Auckland District Law Society seminar on deceased estate litigation August 2002
  • Member Auckland District Law Society Public Issues Committee - 2004 to date
  • Member Auckland District Law Society Family Law Committee - 2004 to date

Professional Associations - Membership

  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • Family Law Section - New Zealand Law Society
  • Medico Legal Society

Membership of Professional Association Executives

  • Council member New Zealand Bar Association from foundation in 1989 - 1997
  • Secretary New Zealand Bar Association - 1993 - 1997
  • Council member Auckland Women Lawyers Association. 1990 - 1994, Secretary 1992- 1994
  • AWLA representative on Women's Suffrage Centenary Auckland Regional Committee 1992 -1993
  • Member Auckland District Law Society Equal Employment Opportunity Committee 1992 - 1994
  • Member Auckland District Law Society committee for implementation of Working Party Report on Women in the Legal Profession 1990 - 1994.

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LLB (Auck)

Barrister Sole: 1979

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Qualifications

LLB (Auck)

Barrister Sole: 1979

Professional Activities

After completing LLB degree at Auckland university:

1974 - 1975

  • Rural Bank - legal department, Auckland

January 1976

  • Admitted as barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand

1975 - 1979

  • Staff solicitor Schneideman Short & Co, Barristers and Solicitors, Queen Street, Auckland
  • Magistrates Court, Supreme Court, town planning tribunals
  • Wide range of civil and criminal cases

1979 - 1980

  • Allen Allen & Hemsley, Solicitors
  • Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Undertaking work of staff solicitor
  • District Court, Supreme Court Civil litigation

June 1979

  • Admitted as barrister to the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • 1979 Admitted to the High Court of Australia

1980 - 1987

  • Practised as barrister from Edmund Barton Chambers, Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Federal Court, Supreme Court (both Equity and Common Law Divisions), District Court, Court of Petty Sessions, Worker's Compensation Commission, Land and Environment Court, Family Court, Industrial Commission.
  • Also appeared as junior counsel in NSW Court of Appeal.
  • Predominantly Civil litigation - including bankruptcy and liquidation matters, tortious claims, contractual disputes, disputes regarding deceased estates.
  • Criminal jurisdiction - concerning prosecution of unlicensed real estate agents.

February 1987 to present

  • Barrister at the independent Bar - practising from Shortland Chambers, Level 12, 70 Shortland Street, Auckland
  • Court of Appeal, High Court, District Court, Family Court
  • Junior counsel in Court of Appeal and Privy Council
  • Also appointments by the Court (High, District, Family) as counsel assisting the Court, or, as counsel appointed to represent the interests of persons affected by the litigation
  • Civil litigation - main field of practice being litigation regarding succession and disputes regarding deceased estates, including trusts and Will interpretation
  • Also, relationship property litigation (formerly known as matrimonial property and de facto property disputes)
  • Hague Convention litigation (international abduction of children)
  • Guardianship, custody and access disputes
  • General civil litigation

Tribunal Appointments

  • Member Refugee Status Appeals Authority - 1993 - 1997
  • Chairperson Motor Vehicle Salesmen Registration Authority - 1993- 1997

Recent Service To Profession

  • Member New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills faculty 1997 - to date
  • Member Auckland District Law Society Complaints Committee
  • Co- presenter Auckland District Law Society seminar on deceased estate litigation August 2002
  • Member Auckland District Law Society Public Issues Committee - 2004 to date
  • Member Auckland District Law Society Family Law Committee - 2004 to date

Professional Associations - Membership

  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • Family Law Section - New Zealand Law Society
  • Medico Legal Society

Membership of Professional Association Executives

  • Council member New Zealand Bar Association from foundation in 1989 - 1997
  • Secretary New Zealand Bar Association - 1993 - 1997
  • Council member Auckland Women Lawyers Association. 1990 - 1994, Secretary 1992- 1994
  • AWLA representative on Women's Suffrage Centenary Auckland Regional Committee 1992 -1993
  • Member Auckland District Law Society Equal Employment Opportunity Committee 1992 - 1994
  • Member Auckland District Law Society committee for implementation of Working Party Report on Women in the Legal Profession 1990 - 1994.