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Family & property law team

Rachael Dewar - Principal

Rachael established Rachael Dewar Law in 2010. She was a partner for 12 years at Tripe Matthews & Feist of Wellington, leading the Family Law team and has over 30 years experience specialising in this area. She has expertise in all aspects including relationship property, pre-nuptial agreements, parenting and relocation, adoption and surrogacy arrangements. As a senior Lawyer for Child and an accredited FDR (Family Dispute Resolution) Mediator she has many years hands-on experience in the court mediation role. Rachael is a long standing member of the Wellington branch Family Law Committee of the NZ Law Society and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the NZLS. In November 2019, Rachael was Chair of the NZLS Family Law Conference, attended by over 400 family lawyers and other experts from NZ and overseas.

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Frances Williams - Associate Solicitor

Frances Williams - Associate Solicitor

Frances has over 17 years experience in all aspects of Family Law. Earlier in her career she was an editor with a leading New Zealand legal publisher in the family law area. She has retained a particular interest in legal research that greatly benefits the team. Frances also acts as Lawyer for Child and has been involved in many Family Court cases, successfully arguing complex parenting, relocation and relationship property issues.

Frances graduated from the University of Otago in 2000.

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Sarah McGovern - Solicitor

Sarah McGovern - Solicitor

Originally from Ireland, Sarah joined Rachael Dewar Law in January 2019. Previously Sarah worked in Nelson specialising in family law as well as with Oranga Tamariki. She has also worked in general practice as a barrister in Ireland. Sarah is experienced in complex Court cases for Oranga Tamariki and also in private practice. Sarah is client focused, has very good case management skills and a strong ability to relate to and empathise with a variety of people.

Sarah acts as a Lawyer for Child and works with private clients as well as those eligible for Legal Aid on a wide range of family law issues including relationship property, contracting out agreements and childcare disputes.

Sarah graduated from Kings Inns, Dublin with a Bachelor of Law in 2006,
was admitted as a Barrister at Law in Ireland in 2006, and as a Barrister
and Solicitor in the New Zealand High Court in 2010.

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Sarah McGovern

Amy Gulbransen - Associate Solicitor

Amy Gulbransen - Solicitor

Amy joined Rachael Dewar Law in July 2018 after spending a number of years specialising in family law in Nelson. Amy has experience in all aspects of family law with a particular interest in care of children, domestic violence and relationship property matters. In Nelson, Amy gained invaluable experience acting in a number of cases before the Family Court, including under the Oranga Tamariki Act, and in a wide range of guardianship disputes. She has relocated to Wellington and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in trust and relationship property work.

Amy acts for private clients, as well as those eligible for legal aid. She is a member of the Family Section of the New Zealand Law Society and the Wellington Family Courts’ Association and volunteers at the Wellington Community Law Centre.

Amy graduated from Canterbury University in 2010 and was admitted to the
bar in 2013 after spending some time travelling and working overseas.

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Amy Gulbransen

Ruby Hey - Solicitor

Ruby Hey - Law Clerk

Ruby joined Rachael Dewar Law in March 2019 as a law clerk after finishing her professional legal studies. She has a strong interest in family law and is excited about gaining experience in all aspects of family law. She was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor in June 2019.

Ruby volunteers at the Wellington Community Law Centre at the family law sessions. She was previously involved in the Student Rights Service as part of the Community Justice Project. There she provided information to parents struggling with issues relating to their children’s school.

Ruby graduated from Victoria University in 2018 with a conjoint degree in Bachelor of Law and Arts, majoring in International Relations and Political Science.


Kusum Ravji – Practice Manager

Kusum Ravji - Practice Manager

Kusum joined Rachael Dewar Law in August 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and her background is in financial management with both the private and public sector. Kusum has over 15 years’ experience in the legal industry as a Practice Manager and Accountant in financial reporting, payroll and human resource management.

Kusum is responsible for maintaining work systems, procedures, policies and compliance with Anti-Money Laundering regulations. Other duties include overseeing and improvement of practice operations, debtor management and financial administration.

She is also available to answer any administrative queries you may have with your file. This will enable Rachael, Frances, Amy, Sarah and Ruby to focus on client matters.


Support Staff

Leighanne Muldoon – Legal Secretary

Renée Hayes – Legal Secretary 

Yvonne Helps – Accounts

To see if we can help you contact Rachael Dewar
t - 04 891 0500
f - 04 891 0503

Level 9, 38-42 Waring Taylor Street, Wellington
PO Box 5786, Wellington 6145

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