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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.

 

Specific Services

Team
Hannah Carey
Hannah Carey

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.

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Alex Summerlee
Alex Summerlee

Alex specialises in civil litigation and dispute resolution, with experience resolving complex legal issues for clients both in and outside of the Courts.  Alex has particular experience acting in disputes involving insurance, commercial contracts, commercial leases, trusts, child custody and relationship property.

In the community, Alex sits on the governance board of his local church, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Christchurch Alliance française, and serves as the Vice Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch.

Outside of the office his other interests include reading, fencing, piano and travel.

Alex has a BA majoring in French and Political Science, and LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury.

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Joseph Morris
Joseph Morris

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.

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Nicole Murphy
Nicole Murphy

Nicole works in Parry Field’s family team. She has experience in a wide range of family matters including day-to-day care and contact disputes, guardianship disputes, adoptions, domestic violence, proceedings with Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Vulnerable Children, division of relationship property, advice as to Contracting Out Agreements and applications for dissolution of marriage. She also has a keen interest, and experience in applications under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act and Family Protection Act matters.

Nicole brings twelve years of family law experience from both Central Otago and Christchurch firms. As Nicole recognises that her clients are often facing stressful and difficult times; she is able to provide a balance of compassion with pragmatic and direct advice. Nicole values providing legal advice coupled with a firm focus on finding practicable resolutions, either by way of out of court settlements or when required litigation within the Family Court.

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Lois Flanagan
Lois Flanagan

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 has 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.

Lois enjoys gardening, travel and music. Lois is the 2017-2018 President of the Papanui Rotary, is on the Board of Trustees at the Arahua Centre and is honorary Solicitor for Petersgate Counselling Centre. Her family activities include keeping in touch with her three lawyer sons (one of whom has appeared before the Privy Council) between Auckland, London and Canada, and spending time with her young grandchildren.

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