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WinterWoods Lawyers offers comprehensive legal advice and representation. We are committed to providing accurate and cost-effective advice to our clients.

We know that our clients will come to us at important times in their lives, sometimes in crisis which often leads to Court appearances.

We value that trust and the long term relationships we have built from doing our job well and we are committed to ensuring that our future clients have the best representation possible.



I bring large city experience to Palmerston North and Feilding from practising in Auckland and Wellington. I belong to the New Zealand Law Society’s Property Law section (a specialist area for property lawyers). I am very experienced in property and wider business law that includes employment law matters of all types, leasing, business sales and purchases and asset protection (trusts, contracting-out agreements, co-ownership of property regimes).

I have completed well over at least a thousand settlements from start to finish. At the moment I do everything myself. I have also completed sub-divisions and advised about buying and selling property of all types (commercial buildings, family homes, investments, farms, lifestyle blocks, apartments) all over New Zealand.

I am a classic sole practitioner. I tend to have an “open door” policy and an open mind as a result. I am prepared to take instructions on any matter that suits my legal practice. I have also appeared in all of the New Zealand courts (including the Supreme Court) and in the Employment Relations Authority. I feel I would be the equivalent of a partner in a medium-sized progressive law firm in a larger New Zealand city. I am naturally somewhat curious and interested in resolving problems associated with novelty. I have published ten times in the New Zealand Law Journal and once in the Australian Law Journal.

I am not prepared to advise on anything that I feel is a risk to both myself and to a client. However I can refer those clients requiring more specialist advice to other suitable practitioners if necessary.



Family law requires a confidential, sensitive, and understanding approach. Our team aim to achieve results through the least stressful, most financially viable option available to our clients.

Family law can involve complex relationships and high emotions. The best solutions are generally the most amicable, and wherever possible, our team try to achieve results through mediation and working alongside you to identify the best options available.

Unfortunately, there are situations where court action is more appropriate, and if this is necessary, our team will confidently represent your interests.

We can help you with:

  • Negotiation, drafting and advising on contracting out (pre-nuptial) agreements
  • Negotiating, drafting and advising on relationship property and separation agreements
  • Representation in the Family Court
  • Care arrangements for children
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship disputes
  • Paternity issues
  • Divorce
  • Family violence: applying for or defending a protection order
  • Challenging or contesting a will
  • Defending claims against an estate


I have over 17 years litigation and dispute resolution experience. I have always had a particular interest in the areas of relationship property and all family law. I have successfully appeared in the Youth Court, Family Court, District Court and High Court, and successfully participated in mediations, arbitrations and round table meetings across a range of litigation areas including Criminal and Traffic Law, ACC, employment, Civil disputes, the Youth Court, and the Family Court. I now concentrate my practice on the areas of Family Law and Relationship Property Law as that is where my passion lies.

I pride myself in being committed to my client’s case and providing practical straight forward advice. I consider it a privilege to assist people in often times of immense stress and uncertainty and I take this responsibility seriously. I like to get to know my clients, to understand the outcomes they seek and work with them to achieve these outcomes.

I look forward to working with you.



Family law is one of our specialist areas of practice. The team at Richard Lewis Law can assist families with both private and legal aid options available. We provide legal assistance on the following family law matters:

  • Care of children disputes
  • Family violence
  • Paternity
  • Relationship property
  • Home for Life
  • Oranga Tamariki matters
  • Adoption
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Property and Welfare Guardian, Personal Order applications (PPPR)


We offer you the best of both worlds…

Local knowledge and in-depth expertise.

At Jacobs Florentine, we take pride in our extensive experience by offering a wide range of services to cater to your individual needs.

Family Law

Care of children issues, parenting orders, guardianship issues, child support, domestic violence issues relating to protection orders. Adoption, paternity, Oranga Tamariki matters, care and contact arrangements. Legal aid and Family Legal Aid Services advice (FLAS).



Family Law

We are happy to help with property agreements for couples who need them. We do some matrimonial property division work, especially if we already know you. However, we don’t usually handle really heated family disputes because the cats hate having to pick sides.

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