Dispute resolution is one of our strengths. We act for both individuals and organisations, providing comprehensive, well-reasoned legal advice, combined with pro-active and creative solutions. Our aim is not just to provide sound legal advice but resolutions which deliver the best practical outcome for our clients. We are well qualified, and have an excellent track record, of competently and expertly representing our clients in mediation, arbitration, and tribunals (such as the Weathertight Homes Tribunal). We also work with our commercial and property law specialists, to advise clients as early as possible on risk identification and management.
Should your case need arguing in court, Parry Field is recognised as having an experienced litigation practice. Our team regularly achieve significant resolutions for our clients.
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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.
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.
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.
Kris leads our corporate, technology and startup advisory team, and regularly advises on business structuring, acquisitions, intellectual property ownership and licensing, software agreements, services agreements and joint venture agreements, as well as solvency issues affecting business operations. Complementing this, Kris also leads our migrant team composed of 5 Mandarin speakers and 2 Japanese speakers which assists with overseas investment into New Zealand as well as immigration matters.
Kris acts for a number of not for profits, charities and social enterprises. assisting with a range of issues including drafting of constitutions, trust deeds and operational rules, incorporation, charitable registration and schedule 32 applications. He also represents a number of schools, and has particular knowledge and expertise in the framework that governs state integrated schools in New Zealand.
Having spent two years in Wellington as Research Counsel to a Judge, Kris frequently provides expert opinion and advice on curly questions that arise for Parry Field Lawyers’ Clients. He has written on New Zealand environmental and property law, and has tutored in Contract Law at Victoria University of Wellington and Tort Law and Land Law at the University of Canterbury.
Kris is also a Board Member of Code Club Aotearoa and the chairman of the Christian Schools Network in Christchurch and the Emmanuel Christian School Board of Trustees, and is actively involved in his church.
Kris and his wife, Louise, have six children and are kept busy in their ‘spare’ time running around after them.
Paul leads our litigation and dispute resolution team. His innovative and enthusiastic approach, developed over twenty years litigation experience, puts Paul in an excellent position to not only resolve disputes but also advise clients how to avoid them.
Paul has acted for individuals, SME’s, trading banks, charitable companies and insurers. His specialist areas include shareholder and business law, building and construction, estate litigation, insurance, and relationship property. Paul has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, District Court, Environment Court, Family Court, Maori Land Court, and Weathertight Homes Tribunal. Paul is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
Paul understands business, having several years experience as a director of companies in the not-for-profit, aged care and property sectors.
Paul enjoys his work. This he balances with his love of sailing, tramping, travel and music. Paul and his wife have two teenage children and one large boisterous dog.
The majority of cases settle short of a full trial.