Say hello to the many faces of Harmans Lawyers, and find out how we can help you.
Our team is made up of individuals from all manner of backgrounds, with a huge variety of skills and areas of expertise, who share a common desire to provide our clients with exceptional legal services and advice.
Whether you're dealing with one of our vastly experienced Partners, or one of our highly efficient Administration and Support team, you’ll find us friendly, easy going and down to earth. We take the time to explain complex legal terms in ‘plain English’, working with our clients to ensure they have the knowledge and advice needed to make informed decisions.
Partner LLB (Hons), BA
Colin is one of the leaders of our family law team and now has over 13 years’ experience in the area of family law. He specialises in the protection of assets prior to a relationship and the division of assets upon separation including personally owned assets, companies and trusts together with all care of children disputes and family violence matters.
Jeremy joined Harmans in 1985, becoming a partner in 1990. He was elected Chairman of Partners in 2018. He leads the Harmans Family Law Team and specialises in the resolution of relationship property claims. This increasingly involves consideration and challenging family trusts and complex company structures. In addition he provides relationship property advice in relation to:
Jerome has amassed 9 years practising experience as a lawyer (both here in Christchurch and in the UK) and another 5 years in the finance industry where he has built a significant knowledge base coupled with a large network of contacts and working relationships. He has a wealth of knowledge about financial and other commercial transactions and has a real interest in property law. Jerome also has expertise with trusts and wills.
Partner LLB (Hons), BCom
Mark has practised law since 1995, and became a partner at Harmans in 2002 and is currently the Managing partner of the firm. He leads a large commercial and property team, specialising in franchising, hospitality, rural law, property matters and asset protection.
Partner LLM, BA
Mary specialises in civil and commercial litigation, insolvency and debt recovery, insurance litigation, estate litigation, PPPR Act applications and employment disputes. She is particularly interested in the fields of insolvency and commercial litigation and regularly acts for receivers and liquidators, large corporate and finance clients.
Senior Associate/Registered Legal Executive FNZILE
Deirdre graduated from the Christchurch Polytechnic legal executive programme as the top student in Canterbury in 1997. She joined Harmans in 1999, becoming an Associate in November 2006 and Senior Associate in 2017. Prior to joining Harmans she has worked at law firms in Christchurch, Mt Maunganui and Sydney and has worked in law since 1988.
Associate LLB (Hons)
Fay has been an Associate in our successful family law team since 2016. Fay graduated from Canterbury University in 2009 with a Law with honours degree and was admitted to the bar in 2010. After graduating, Fay spent two years in the North Island practicing in the litigation and family team of a busy suburban firm. She returned to Christchurch in 2012, where she spent two years in a large Christchurch law firm specialising in environment and family law before joining Harmans in June 2014.
Harriet graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2010 and was admitted to the bar in the same year. After 3 years working in our busy family law team, Harriet moved to the UK and worked for 2 years in Health Regulation Law and on a high profile Banking Litigation case. Returning to NZ in 2015, Harriet practiced as a family lawyer in Lower Hutt, before re-joining the family law team at Harmans in January 2017.
Associate/Registered Legal Executive F.Inst.L.Ex (UK), FNZILE (NZ)
Sue joined Harmans in 2004 after working for another law firm in Christchurch, having emigrated from the UK in 2001. In England, Sue had amassed some 23 years’ experience as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, with the West Sussex firm of Bennett Griffin & Partners.
Associate LLB, BCom (Hons)
Tom commenced his career at Harmans in our commercial and property team in January 2015 after graduating from Canterbury University in 2012. Prior to joining Harmans Tom worked at the Christchurch District Court and enjoyed a stint overseas travelling around Europe.
Law Clerk LLB, BA
Rebecca joined Harmans in January 2020 after Summer Clerking for the firm in 2018/2019. Rebecca graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2019 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science, and double minoring in Media and Communications and Maori and Indigenous Studies. She is currently gaining experience in the Papanui residential property team.
Registered Legal Executive NZILE (Fellow)
Nicola gained her NZILE Legal Executive Certificate in 1997, joined Harmans in 2005 and became a Registered Legal Executive in 2008, became a Fellow member of the NZILE in September 2017. She has over 25 years’ legal experience having worked for various law firms in Christchurch and was previously a staff member at our Church Corner and Papanui Branches. Nicola is on the committee of the Canterbury Southern Districts Branch of NZILE and an Associate Member of the NZ Law Society.