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LLB (Canterbury)

BA (Psychology) (Canterbury)

Alternative contact

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Lena Austin

Amanda is an experienced senior family law practitioner with over 15 years’ experience and specialises in all areas of family law.

Amanda has practiced in Canterbury her entire career and is well known amongst her colleagues and the Judiciary. Amanda is passionate about family law and strives to achieve the best outcomes for her clients. Whether this be by way of negotiation and settlement or court proceedings and litigation, Amanda has a sensible approach to achieve results and help her clients through an often highly stressful and emotional time.

"Family law is a challenging yet fulfilling area, we practice in this area because we care and want to help people through what is usually a very stressful and emotional time in their lives. I am dedicated and passionate about the work I undertake – Cavell Leitch has an amazing relationships team that I am proud to be part of."

Amanda is a court Appointed Lawyer for Child and a Voice of Child Specialist with Fairway Resolution services. She is also a Member of the Family Law Section.

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"Amanda is a true expert in her field. She is efficient, knowledgeable and pragmatic. Moving through any aspect of relationship or family law can be daunting, however Amanda's confidence and reassuring nature makes the process easier".

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"I was incredibly grateful to have her support and guidance through some of the most challenging times of my life. I respect what she does every day, she prioritises the needs of her clients, often in very sensitive circumstances, and delivers results while maintaining high professional standards. Expert legal advice is essential when it comes to relationship matters and I would certainly recommend Amanda to anyone looking for help in this area".

Recent work

  • Successfully negotiating and settling division of relationship property outside of court (including agreement as to interim spousal maintenance
  • Successfully obtaining without notice Parenting and Protection Orders
  • Successfully obtaining non removal order so a child could not be taken from New Zealand
  • Successfully negotiating a Contracting Out Agreement to secure clients pre-existing assets are kept as separate property

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