Colin has been practising law at Harmans since 2007 and was appointed a Partner in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Canterbury. He jointly leads our busy family law team.
Colin specialises in:
Colin was elected Chairperson of the Christchurch Family Courts Association in 2015 and again in 2016. In March 2015 he was appointed Convenor of the Canterbury-Westland Family Law Committee (having started his term on that Committee in 2011). Following the conclusion of his term as Convenor in 2019, he was then appointed by the New Zealand Family Law Section as their Canterbury Regional Representative, that term ending in 2021. In 2022 Colin was appointed to the Executive Committee of the New Zealand Family Law Section, a role that he currently occupies and sees him advancing family law issues at a national level.
In addition to his Family Courtroom experience, Colin is also a Collaboratively Trained Lawyer, being able to offer our clients an alternative litigation-free approach to resolving all issues that arise following a separation. In 2022 Colin was appointed to the national Collaborative Resolution New Zealand Executive Committee occupying Secretary and Chairperson roles.
Colin and his team are committed to supporting the community having completed volunteer work for a number of organisations including ‘It Takes a Village’. Colin has also provided legal advice to local preschools and served on the committee of the Christchurch Parent Centre.