Dianne Martin AAMINZ (FDR)

Present Position

Barrister and Family Dispute Resolution Provider

Professional Experience

Dianne was a tertiary lecturer in communications before simultaneously venturing forth into two new fields at age 40: professionally, she retrained as a lawyer; personally, she became a first-time mum. Eleven years in the New Zealand family justice system resolving family disputes across New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific, the USA and Pakistan. She cares about families and a justice system that works for people.

Career Summary

Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand on 28 September 2007. Practised as a Solicitor in an Auckland family law boutique firm, Kay Law, for 12 months. Barrister Sole since 21 November 2008, specialising as a family law practitioner. Appearances as junior counsel in proceedings in the Supreme Court and High Court, and as lead counsel in the High Court and Family Court. Lead Provider, Family Legal Aid, since February 2009. Training in alternative dispute resolution as a law student, mediation in 2010, and collaborative law in 2012. Accredited as a Family Dispute Resolution Provider in March 2014. Conflict Management Coach 2017. Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland 2017.


Member, Family Law Committee, Auckland District Law Society Inc, 2009 – 2013.

Roster of Legal Advisers, Glen Innes Citizens Advice Bureau 2009 – 2013, Mount Roskill Citizens Advice Bureau Language Link 2014.


CYFS Family Interventions: Where Angels Fear to Tread, 19 June 2012, Strategies for Working a CYFs Case – Both Sides of the Fence, Continuing Legal Education Programme Seminar, Auckland District Law Society Inc.

“Two’s Company, Three’s A Crowd” – Legal Services, Fixed Fees, and Family Legal Aid, 29 October 2013, Access to Family Justice – The Challenges Ahead, Seminar, The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy, and Practice, Auckland University Faculty of Law.

Fixed Fees Survey Results, Issue 42, 6 December 2013, Law News, Auckland District Law Society Inc.

Family Court Slip Remediation on the FDR Track, June 2018 Issue of PULSE, Resolution Institute e-news.

Speciality Areas

Family law litigation and out of Court dispute resolution services: public and private disputes; including Care and Protection, Care and Contact, Guardianship, Family Violence, Preventing Unlawful Removal/Retention, and Relocation cases.