Jenny Francis, LLB / BPA

Senior Solicitor

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I work alongside Susie, Claire and Hannah practising family and employment law.  Engaging a lawyer to help with care of children, the end of a relationship or a dispute at work might be something many people never thought they would have to do.  I understand that these areas are often extremely personal and sensitive.  I have a friendly and compassionate nature, and try my hardest to make clients feel comfortable talking to me.  I am also a good communicator and will provide you with clear advice on your initial options, and what the process is moving forward – without all the legal jargon. 

Having recently switched legal specialities from commercial law, I am passionate about the following areas of law:

 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
  • Contracting Out Agreements

Employment Law

  • Reviewing and drafting employment agreements
  • Personal grievances
  • Mediations
  • Employment Relations Authority investigation meetings
  • Restructuring/redundancies
  • Disciplinary issues


Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Otago

Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), University of Otago

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:

  • Te Reo Māori - Level 1
  • Conflicts of Interest

I have also been learning Spanish for 10 years.


I joined the Layburn Hodgins team in 2022.  Prior to this, I gained extensive experience in commercial property and corporate law at a New Zealand project law firm.  While at University, I volunteered at Community Law Otago where I gained experience in a large variety of legal matters – primarily family law.