BA, LLB; LLM (Lond)

A member of:
Member International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
New Zealand Family Law Section

Admitted in 1983 Margaret has been a barrister sole since 1993. She has an undergraduate degree from Auckland University and a Masters from Kings College London. Margaret was the Inaugural Chair of the NZ Family Law Section and member of the Section Executive for a number of years. She has been regular contributer to the NZLS Legal Education programme. Her practice includes relationship property and trust advice on divorce.
She has 2 significant areas of international specialty. The Hague Convention on Child Abduction and international surrogacy. Margaret has conducted a number of appeals (mainly for the Central Authority), provided advice to the Central Authority and the Courts on the operation of the Convention and delivered seminars and workshops both in New Zealand and overseas. In relation to international surrogacy Margaret has acted for clients who have undertaken surrogacy in the United States, India , Thailand , Australia and the UK .
Her cases are the most widely reported in NZ on this issue and she is acknowledged by her peers and the judiciary as an authority on this developing and complex subject. Margaret is a trained and experienced mediator and collaborative lawyer and member of the Collaborative Law Association. She regularly mediates trust , property, child and Hague Convention disputes both privately and for the Family Court.

Languages Spoken: English


Holsten har historisk set haft den særlige skæbne, at området til trods for sin overvejende tysksprogede befolkning gennem den altovervejende del af sin historie (fra middelalderen til 1864 og også indirekte derefter) har været påvirket af forbindelsen med Danmark. Med undtagelse af et tiårigt intermezzo under og umiddelbart efter Napoleonskrigene var Holsten altid formelt en del af en tysk statsdannelse el. statsforbund. Først af det løst opbyggede Tysk-Romerske Rige indtil dets opløsning i 1806, og derefter af Det Tyske Forbund fra 1816.