Suzanne Clark

Present Position

Mediator, FDR Provider, Barrister and District Inspector of Mental Health for Auckland and Northland.

Professional Experience


Suzanne is a Family Law Barrister specialising in Mediation. She has extensive experience in dealing with family disputes having represented parties in the Family Court for the past 15 years. She is also a District Inspector for Mental Health Services for the Auckland and Northland regions and has had extensive involvement with people experiencing mental health challenges.

Suzanne is an Associate member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) and accredited to NZ Law Society Family Specialist Panel of Mediators. She undertakes FDR mediations providing a quality, easy to understand and friendly service.

Suzanne’s offices are located in Waitakere and Ellerslie. She is also able to conduct mediations Auckland wide. Suzanne also has a base on Waiheke Island and is able to conduct mediations as necessary on Waiheke Island.

Career Summary

Family Law Barrister for past 15 years. Suzanne’s main areas of practice include Care of Children Act proceedings, issues of Care and Protection, Domestic Violence and Mental Health Law. Suzanne has represented parties in mediation on numerous occasions and been appointed a Counsel to Assist the Court from time to time. Suzanne is also appointed as a District Inspector of Mental Health with a warrant to act in the Auckland and Northland region.

Suzanne worked as Senior Associate in a large Commercial Law Firm from 1986 to 1993. After leaving that position Suzanne volunteered her services at the Mangere Law Centre until 1996. Subsequent to that she accepted a position at an NGO in the mental health sector as Human Resources and Special projects Manager before returning to Law working predominately in Family Law, Mental Health law and dispute resolution.

Appointments

District Inspector Mental Health, Founding Member Penrose High School Board of Trustees, Member of Auckland District law Society Mental Health and Disability Law Committee.

Speciality Areas

Primary areas of mediation include dispute concerning all family matters, care of children, Parenting plans, care and contact arrangements, relocation issues, guardianship issues, family dymanics re living arrangements, mental health issues,