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 2016. Prior to joining Harmans she has worked at law firms in Christchurch, Mt Maunganui and Sydney and has worked in law since 1988.
Her areas of expertise include High Court grants (including complex applications), general estate and life tenancy administration, resealing of overseas grants, asset protections, trusts and trust administration, estate planning and wills and conveyancing. Deirdre is the Estates manager for Harmans and administers all estates within the firm.
In her spare time, Deirdre enjoys music, theatre and politics. She has been involved with various amateur theatre societies in both the North and South Islands both on-stage and backstage. Deirdre is currently a Committee member with Canterbury Children's Theatre and a trustee of The Malthouse Theatre Trust, and has previously been a part-time professional member of the Canterbury Opera Chorus and is currently a member of the CSO Symphonic Chorus. Outside of the office Deirdre is a freelance make-up artist.