Our family law team provides a proactive but sensitive service. We have experience in all the key areas of family law. We can advise you at the start, during and at the end of a relationship. If you have a dispute, our aim is to help you resolve it efficiently and with minimum distress. We therefore promote, and have wide experience with, alternative dispute resolution such as mediation. However, if court intervention is required, we can argue your case in all courts, including the Family Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
With many years experience, Lois leads our family and employment team. Lois specialises in relationship property and care of children matters, and advises employers and employees on all aspects of Employment Law including redundancy, dismissals and employment agreements.
Lois was admitted to the bar in 1997 after a varied teaching career both in New Zealand and overseas, and wide experience in resolving all kinds of family and employment disputes. She is passionate about assisting people in resolving their conflicts in a constructive and practical manner and, like most clients, prefers a mediated approach (where possible) to expensive court processes. She has recently completed a mediation training course for lawyers.
Lois enjoys gardening, travel and music, and brings extensive life and pastoral experience to our firm. Lois is a member of the Papanui Rotary Club. Her family activities include keeping in touch with her three lawyer sons (one of whom has appeared before the Privy Council) between Auckland and Canada, and spending time with her young grandchildren.
Hannah primarily works in Parry Field’s litigation and dispute resolution team, although she also has experience in family, employment, property and commercial law. She has a particular interest in resolving estate, insurance, and relationship property disputes.
Hannah joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2005, following two years general litigation experience with another Christchurch law firm. Hannah values providing sound, well reasoned and pragmatic legal advice to clients. Like the other members of the dispute resolution team, she considers it important to not only help clients resolve disputes as efficiently as possible but also help them avoid new or further disputes where possible.
Hannah is married to Mark and has three young children. Outside of work she enjoys (when she can fit it in!) sport, reading and cooking.
Hannah is currently on maternity leave from January 2015.
Joseph has recently been appointed as Manager of our Hokitika Office, where he assists clients in a wide range of legal matters, including commercial property and conveyancing transactions, estates, civil litigation, family law and dispute resolution.
Joseph joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2009 having graduated from Otago University with a double degree in Law and Classical History. He has particular experience in resolving disputes in the areas of estate claims, leases, property (including relationship property), breach of contract, care of children, and construction – he has appeared successfully for clients in the High Court, District Court and Family Courts. Joseph focuses on bringing clients timely, accurate advice with a view to resolving issues in an economical and efficient manner.
Outside of the law Joseph enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, as well as spearfishing, surfing and reading.
Joseph looks forward to engaging with former clients of the Murdoch, James and Roper practice and with the wider West Coast community.
Alex specialises in Litigation and Family law matters. He joined Parry Field Lawyers in 2015 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, and an Arts Degree majoring in French and Political Science. Alex was admitted to the Bar in July 2015.
Alex is fluent in French, having studied it for 10 years and living in France for half a year. He has recently started learning Spanish.
Alex sits on the leadership board of his local church, where he also plays in a number of music groups and assists with the youth group. Alex’s other interests include reading, fencing, piano and travel.
Nathan specialises in Litigation, primarily in Employment and Family law matters. He joined the firm in February 2016 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and English. Nathan was admitted to the bar in October 2016.
Nathan sings as a tenor in the Christchurch Youth Choir, and is greatly involved in his church, where he has been a leader in the children’s ministry since 2011. His other interests include reading, writing, and live theatre.