I was in practice as a lawyer in Napier from 1988 to 2010. Legal practice involved me in a broad cross section of clients' issues including:
- Commercial and property transactions
- Strategic business advice
- Succession planning
- Childcare issues
- Relationship property
- Contested estates
- Trusts and asset planning
- Elder issues
Since 2010 I have operated my own Dispute Resolution practice involving the negotiation/mediation/ arbitration of those same issues.
From February 2011 to July 2013 I was contracted on a part time basis to the Ngati Pahauwera Development Trust as the Trust's Transition Manager, assisting with the implemenation of their Treaty settlement.
I am an Accredited LEADR Panel Member. I am an Associate Member of the Arbitrator's and Mediator's Institute of New Zealand and have undertaken specific AMINZ training on the mediation of family disputes. I was recently (March 2014) engaged by the New Zealand Law Society to co-present nationwide workshops on the mediation of family disputes for FDR Providers.
I have achieved a First Class pass in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution) - Massey University.
My personality, philosophy and experience ideally qualify me for involvement in alternative approaches to the resolution of problems.
I have been part of a number of Boards/Committees and understand those dynamics.
As a Director of Lawlink, a nationwide association of leading law firms, I was been involved in visits to member firms to analyse and report to their principals on their business and proffessional performance. Often those reports required recommendations as to measures the firm might take to address issues within their legal businesses.
Alternative Dispute Resolution is an interest I have cultivated in an "accessory" way for well over a decade. I now focus exclusively on it as a profession it its own right.