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Fay Hughes

Associate LLB (Hons)

Fay Hughes

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.  

Fay can provide specialist legal advice in respect of all family matters including division of relationship property and trust property, contracting out agreements, child support, care and protection of children and domestic violence.  She also has a strong interest and experience in surrogacy and adoption law.  

Fay was appointed as a Committee Member of the Canterbury-Westland Family Law Committee in 2019 and is currently serving a two year term. As part of her role, Fay sits on the Ministry of Justice’s Christchurch Local Family Justice Sector Network Group comprising representatives from the Ministry of Justice, a Family Court Judge, Police, Legal Aid, Oranga Tamariki and the New Zealand Family Law Section. 

Also in 2019, Fay was appointed as a Board of Trustees Member of PIPS (Pregancy, Infancy, Parenting Support); a charitable organisation which encourages and supports families during pregnancy and their early parenting journey. 

In May 2017, Fay was elected as Convenor of the Canterbury Women’s Legal Association, following almost 3 years as an Executive Committee Member.  

Fay has been an Executive Committee Member of the Christchurch Family Courts Association since August 2013 and spent 2 years in the Secretary role from 2014 to 2016.  Fay has also been an Executive Committee Member of the University of Canterbury Women in Law Society being elected in late 2016.  

In her spare time Fay enjoys spending time with her young family, is a keen traveller, enjoys exploring the New Zealand outdoors and socialising with friends. 

Fay is currently on parental leave.





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