Claire Finn, LLB/BA

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Member of Canterbury-Westland Family Law Committee


I practice family law.  I understand this can be a highly emotional and stressful time for clients involved in family disputes - particularly where children are involved, so I will offer clear and concise advice whilst also remaining empathetic to each of my client’s individual circumstances. I also provide legal guidance on property issues at the beginning or end of a relationship, whether it be negotiating a contracting out agreement or preparing an agreement for the division of relationship property.

I want my clients to feel comfortable talking to me about any issues they have, no matter how minor they perceive them to be, I will always do my best to make myself available to provide advice when needed.

Family Law

  • Care and contact arrangements for children
  • Parenting Orders
  • Guardianship disputes
  • Orders preventing removal of children from Canterbury/New Zealand
  • Relocation disputes
  • Paternity
  • Family Violence (Protection Orders)
  • Relationship Property – contracting out and division of relationship property agreements
  • Dissolution of marriage
  • Adoption


LLB, University of Waikato, Faculty of Law

BA (English Literature), University of Waikato, Faculty of Arts

I believe that quality advice is something that should be constantly learned and improved so in just the last 12 months I have attended these seminars:

  • Stepping Forward seminar run by NZLS Canterbury Westland Branch Legal Culture Committee
  • Lawyer for Child Workshop


I have just returned from nine years living in Singapore, where I worked as a Professional Support Lawyer at one of the “Big Four” Singapore law firms, with over 250 lawyers. Prior to my time in Singapore, I worked at a general practice law firm in Matamata, where I gained a wide range of experience in many different areas of legal practice, particularly family law. I have also worked as a law clerk for a Barrister, gaining experience in civil litigation disputes and how to progress a matter through all steps of the litigation process from the initial consultation to a full hearing before the High Court.