About Us

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:

  • Relationship Property Agreements prior to and during the relationship;
  • Relationship Property Agreements consequent on breakdown of a relationship;
  • Consideration and advice on trust formation;
  • Advice on trustee obligations and;
  • Relationship Property litigation

He has been involved in a number of high profile cases with appearances in the Family Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal.  Jeremy is asked from time to time to provide media comment nationally on family law issues and is currently a member of the Family Law Section Expert Panel reviewing proposed changes to the Property (Relationships) Act proposed by the NZ Law Commission. 

Jeremy has served two terms on the New Zealand National Executive of the Family Law Section, retiring in 2018.   He has also served on various Canterbury District Law Society Committees including the Family Law Committee and the Standards Committee. 

Jeremy undertook court appointed lawyer for child assignments from 2000, ceasing that in 2017 to concentrate on Relationship Property matters.  He still undertakes complex care of children and domestic violence cases. 

Jeremy is honorary solicitor and a member of the advisory committee to Sculpture on the Peninsula (a biennial event which promotes sculpture on the South Island and fundraising for Cholmondeley Children’s home).  Jeremy is also honorary solicitor of the Friends of the Canterbury Museum. 

Jeremy retains an interest in historic homes, cooking and plays golf and squash (when time allows).  He aspires to spend more time boating in the Marlborough Sounds.  


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