Education

BCom/LLB – University of Otago - 2011

Bio

Sharon has been practising exclusively in family law for over 10 years, with specialist expertise in relationship property, trusts and estate litigation. Her experience extends to dealing with all the different kinds of issues that arise in the context of relationships.

According to Doyle's Guide 2021 and 2022, Sharon was named one of the recommended leading family and relationship property lawyers in New Zealand. She has also been named one of the 5 best divorce lawyers in Auckland, according to Best Rated.

Sharon regularly speaks at legal seminars held by the New Zealand Law Society and has been interviewed by the media numerous times to comment on family law issues.

Sharon is a contributing author to leading online legal research service, Westlaw, and has published family law articles in various legal publications. She has also been appointed as an Auckland City representative for the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society.

Before joining Bankside Chambers, Sharon was a partner at an Auckland-based law firm, being the youngest partner appointed in the firm's almost 100-year history.

Sharon can help with:

  • Dealing with assets as a result of separation or death
  • Protecting assets at the start of a relationship
  • Care of children
  • Claims against estates
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Legal opinions
  • Court proceedings/litigation
  • Mediations

Case Highlights

What Others Say

Doyles Guide

Sharon is named as one of the leading family and relationship property lawyers in New Zealand according to Doyles Guide 2021 and 2022.

Publications

  • Family Violence Act & Analysis September 2020 (contributor to Protecting Children from Violence chapter)

  • Law Talk February 2019: Family protection claim by estranged children in multimillion dollar estate

  • Family Advocate Autumn 2018: The perils of parting with relationship property

  • Law Talk February 2018: The Supreme Court's approach to economic disparity

  • Family Advocate Summer 2017: The danger of de facto relationships

  • Family Advocate Spring 2017: Relationship property: not always 50/50

  • Law Talk October 2017: When contracting out agreements don't provide protection

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Memberships

  • Family Law Section of New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Bar Association
  • Auckland Women Lawyers Association
  • New Zealand Law Society