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 29 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.
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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
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 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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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.
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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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 will be 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.
Jillian Earle - Administration Manager
Jill joined Rachael Dewar Law in July 2018 from Palmerston North where she lived for 8 years. Jill has a strong administrative background, including managing teams, accounts, and running her own business for a number of years. Now back on the sunny Kapiti Coast, Jill is enjoying working in Wellington and focusing on her three teenage children and family life.
Jill is responsible for the smooth operation of the administrative services in the office including making sure the IT systems are up to date, Health and Safety compliance, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) requirements and other regulatory issues. She is also available to answer any administrative queries you may have with your file. This will enable Rachael, Frances, Sarah and Amy to focus on client work.