A list of Panel lawyers in the Wellington region.

You will have to apply for legal assistance, and meet the eligibility criteria, for one of these lawyers to be appointed.

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Sonja Cooper
Cooper Legal

Gleaneagles Building, 69-71 The Terrace, Wellington

(04) 499 9025

I am the principal of Cooper Legal.  I started my career as a family lawyer and a Youth Advocate (a lawyer working with young offenders).

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Robyn Zwaan
Te Aro Law

Level 11, 94 Dixon Street, Wellington

 0800 992 265

Tēnā Koe, my name is Robyn Zwaan.

I grew up in Thames, on the Coromandel, and I now live in Wellington and run a small litigation based firm called Te Aro Law, which is based in central Wellington.

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Amanda Hill
Cooper Legal

Gleaneagles Building, 69-71 The Terrace, Wellington

(04) 499 9025

I have worked on historic abuse claims against the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Education and various Churches, as well as entities contracted by the government to care for children.

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Julia Sanders
Julia Sanders Law

Level 2, 2 Princes Street, Upper Hutt

(04) 920 1979

I am of Irish descent and come from a large family, growing up in the Hutt Valley.  I have eight siblings and am the mother of four beautiful tamariki and nanny of nine precious mokopuna.

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Shelley Stevenson

 (04) 390 1233

I am a family lawyer based in Wellington. I have lots of experience (over 20 years) representing people in the Family Court, District Court and the High Court in criminal, civil and family cases.

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Edward Cox
Gibson Sheat

Level 9, 1 Grey Sheet, Wellington 

 (04) 916 6309

Admitted in 1994, I joined Gibson Sheat in 1997 and become a partner in 2002. I lead our litigation team from the Wellington office and have a particular interest in the human factor in litigation and the dynamic it plays in dispute resolution.

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Mary More

Mary More


(027) 403 3851

I have co-parented four amazing children, nursed in the Australian outback as part of the Flying Doctor Service and spent the past 18 years practising law.

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Lydia Oosterhoff

Dentons Kensington Swan 

89 The Terrace, Wellington

021 532 793

I hold a LLM (with merit) from Victoria University. I also hold a number of qualifications in journalism. I have worked with people who have been abused in State Care since 2016. I also worked on the Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry that looked into the over representation of Māori children that were being placed into State Care, with a strong focus on the uplift of Māori babies by Oranga Tamariki.

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Sarah McGovern
Cuba Family Law

160 Willis Street, Wellington


 (04) 801 5156

I was born and raised in Ireland and travelled to New Zealand in 2008, where I began my career as a family lawyer in 2010 .   Prior to moving to New Zealand I was admitted as a barrister in Ireland and as part of my work I assisted survivors/victims who had been abused in State care to appear before the redress tribunal.

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Annette Gray

Buchanan Gray

Level 5, Zephyr House, 82 Willis Street, Wellington.


(04) 472 8269


I am a partner in a two-person partnership in Wellington, Buchanan Gray Lawyers.

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