About

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I work as a lawyer and mediator, and I gain great satisfaction from helping people.

I enjoy the intellectual challenge of research, preparing cases and writing legal submissions.

My job satisfaction comes from knowing I have really made a positive difference for my clients.

“Mpatapo” is the symbol I have chosen as part of my logo.  It is a West African symbol referred to as the knot of reconciliation and represents peacemaking after discord.

My first job out of law school was working as a Judge’s Clerk in the High Court in Wellington. This job involved research and providing written opinions to the High Court Judges on all aspects of the law.

I have been practising law in the Hawkes Bay since I moved to Napier in 1993 and commenced work in a firm undertaking family and other general litigation work.

I moved to the bar to practise as a barrister sole in 2001 and have enjoyed the independence and autonomy this has provided.  While still working full-time, I undertook study towards an LLM (Masters in Law) at Victoria University of Wellington/Te Herenga Waka being awarded this post-graduate degree with Distinction in 2017.

I balance my working life with catching up with my family, including our three children who have now left home, enjoying the company of family and friends, singing as a soloist in concerts, oratorios and opera, and constantly learning something new (Te Reo and cryptic crosswords are my current challenges).

Prior to specialising in family law work, I previously practised in the following areas: 

  • District Court criminal work including Duty Solicitor work and defended hearings
  • Police Detention Legal Aid Assistance Scheme
  • Civil litigation
  • Coroner’s Court
  • Mental Health
  • Employment law
  • Maori Land Court
  • ACC
  • Limited Licence applications
  • Health Practitioner disciplinary inquiries