Leona McWilliam firstname.lastname@example.org
Leona McWilliam graduated from Otago University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (English Literature). She worked initially in general practice in the Wairarapa, before travelling to the United Kingdom to work in the area of child protection. She returned to New Zealand in 2005 and has practised in both Criminal and Family Law in the Wellington region since then. Leona acts for children in the Family Court and is a qualified mediator. She is a co-author of “Relationship Property and Adult Maintenance” published by Thomson Reuters.
Leona was voted as being one of New Zealand’s recommended family lawyers – see Doyles Guide.
Jacinda Rennie email@example.com
Jacinda Rennie graduated from the University of Waikato in 1996 with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. She initially worked in areas of litigation including civil, criminal and employment as well as family law in New Plymouth, before travelling overseas. Jacinda moved to Wellington in 2003 and after a short period working in general litigation, has specialised in Family Law since 2005. Jacinda has been approved by the Family Court to represent children and is also on the panel of lawyers who can be appointed by the Central Authority on Hague Convention matters.
Jacinda is a co-author of “Relationship Property and Adult Maintenance” published by Thomson Reuters.
Lawtalk article June 2017: The loss of anonymity in relationship property proceedings.
Jacinda was voted as being one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent family lawyers – see Doyles Guide.
Helen Tyree firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Tyree graduated from Otago University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Laws and from Brunel University of London in 2003 with a Master of Law in Child Law and Policy (with distinction). From 2003 she worked in firms in Taranaki specialising in family law. Helen joined McWilliam Rennie in 2014 as an Associate. She practices in family law. She acts for children in the Family Court and also undertakes appointments as lawyer for subject persons under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act.
Lawtalk article July 2017: Deceit, broken promises and unequal sharing.
David Tyree graduated from Otago University in 2004 with an LLB and a BSc in psychology. David worked for 15 years for firms in Taranaki and Wellington specialising in, and leading teams in family law. David joined McWilliam Rennie in 2019 as an Associate and has expertise in all areas of family law, including separation, relationship property, contracting out agreements, childcare, guardianship proceedings relating to decision making for vulnerable people under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act, enduring power of attorney and challenging estates. In addition, David also accepts appointments from the Court as both Lawyer for Child and Lawyer for the Subject Person.
Tara Jackson graduated from Victoria University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Laws. Tara has worked in many areas of general legal practice including in family, criminal and civil litigation and on estates and conveyancing matters. Tara joined McWilliam Rennie Lawyers in 2018 as an Associate. She practices in criminal and family law, and has been included on the Court appointed Lawyer for Child list. Tara is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Society, the Manawatu Family Courts Association, and the Criminal Bar Association.
Sarah Ineson email@example.com
Sarah Ineson graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Religious Studies). She studied law at Victoria University, Wellington and at the University of Victoria, Canada, completing her law degree in 2004. Sarah initially worked in a general litigation firm, practising in the areas of family law, criminal law, civil litigation, and property/local government. Sarah joined McWilliam Rennie Lawyers in 2011 as an associate. She practices in criminal and family law and undertakes work as a duty solicitor. Sarah acts for children in the Family Court, is a member of the Wellington Family Courts Association and is the Wellington Regional Representative for the New Zealand Law Society Family Law Section.
Emma Cooney graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Economics and Commercial Law). She started working the fields of family and criminal law in 2007.
Emma undertakes work across all areas of family law. Her skills have been recognised with her inclusion on the Court appointed Lawyer for Child list.
Emma is a member of the Wellington Law Society Family Law Committee as well as a member of the Wellington Family Courts Association and Family Court Section of the Law Society. She provides free advice to a number of community organisations, including the Community Law Centre, and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Greta Melvin graduated from Otago University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (English). She was admitted to the bar in Southland where she worked in litigation practising in the areas of civil and family law. During her time in Southland, Greta took a particular interest in family law. Greta moved to Wellington and joined McWilliam Rennie as a solicitor specialising in Family Law in 2019. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Society and the Wellington Family Courts Association.