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Family & Relationship Property Law * Criminal, Traffic & Regulatory Law * Mediation & Dispute Resolution * Immigration Law * University Disciplinary Matters * Inquests * Family Protection * Health and Disability Commission
I was born, raised and educated in Otago and have been a lawyer in Dunedin for most of the last 30 years, specialising in various aspects of litigation and advocacy and dispute resolution.
I spent my first 14 years working in family law and in criminal practice prosecuting for the Crown, followed by several years on the Legal Aid Review Panel, and six years as a litigation partner with a large South Island firm. I have also served as Convenor of the Otago Women Lawyers Society, and on the Council of the Otago District Law Society.
In 2010 I joined David Polson in partnership, and in 2014 I took over as the firm’s sole Principal. I came to the firm after almost 25 years as a lawyer because having experienced a range of different practise models I wanted the challenge of running my own boutique business in my own way. I also felt that having become officially “middle-aged” and having picked up a bit of “life experience” along the way, I was now properly qualified, not just legally but also personally, to return to my family and criminal law roots to advise and advocate for people when life takes a turn for the worse. I consider it a real privilege to help and be trusted by my clients in their times of personal crisis, and I work hard in applying my years of experience to get the best possible outcome for them. Equally satisfying is working with our diverse range of interesting and talented immigrants in helping them to come here to work or study, or to achieve NZ residence.
I completed my NZ Law Society Mediation training, which I use in my capacity as a Court appointed Lawyer for Child, and as a Mediator appointed by private parties to a range of disputes.
Outside the law I am on the Board of Trustees at John McGlashan College, Honorary Solicitor to the NZ Federation of Graduate Women, a Patron of the Otago Polytechnic School of Art and a member of the Institute of Directors.
As well as being a lawyer I am a mother to a family of boys (the eldest of whom is now studying law) and a neurotic dog. I love cooking, and am an enthusiastic member of The Dunedin Food and Wine Society, and I regularly practice yoga (to compensate for all the food and wine…). For fun I moonlight as an interior design consultant, collect Crown Lynn crockery and New Zealand art, write a blog, and enjoy planning excursions to faraway places (including many that are yet to be taken…). Together with my husband (also a lawyer) and our children I enjoy family time in Central Otago and at our crib at the beach.