Richard swapped the hustle and bustle of Auckland for the Taranaki lifestyle, to join Govett Quilliam as an Associate in our Family Law Team. Richard is based in our New Plymouth office and works closely alongside Partners Alex Laurenson and Paul Shearer.
Richard studied law at the University of Otago. Since graduating in 2014, Richard has been practising almost exclusively in family law. Richard has extensive experience in relationship property, estate litigation, care of children, guardianship, Oranga Tamariki and family violence matters.
Richard’s broad experience in family law enables him to provide pragmatic advice to clients dealing with issues “from the cradle to the grave”. Richard appears frequently before the Family Court. Prior to working at Govett Quilliam, Richard worked in a large family law team in Auckland.
Originally from the South Island, Richard is passionate about the outdoors and is a keen skier and tramper. Richard likes to spend the rest of his time reading novels or history books, playing guitar and spending time with his partner, friends and family.
"What drew me to the Taranaki region was primarily the stunning landscapes and outdoorsy lifestyle. I wanted to get out of Auckland where I was stuck in traffic for a couple of hours a day and move somewhere where there was a better work-life balance as well as a focus on community."
"Having previously worked in a full-service law firm and experienced the benefits of this, Govett Quilliam immediately seemed the right fit. Govett Quilliam has an excellent reputation both in an out of the Taranaki region. I was impressed with Govett Quilliam’s ability to adapt quickly to developments in the industry and cater to the needs of a rapidly changing world."