When Experience Counts
Specialist Auckland Barristers providing legal expertise for individuals, organisations and businesses
When Experience Counts
Specialist Auckland Barristers providing legal expertise for individuals, organisations and businesses


Louise Reed


Louise graduated from the University of Auckland in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (History) and a Bachelor of Laws. She was admitted as s barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in October 2004.

Louise has practised in Auckland since being admitted as a barrister and solicitor and has practised in family law, employment law, insurance law and general civil litigation.

Since 2009 Louise has practised exclusively in the area of family law and has interests in the following areas:

  • Proceedings concerning children’s issues (including adoptions)
  • Proceedings under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (in relation to Powers of Attorney, Property Managers and Welfare Guardians)
  • Relationship property
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Domestic Violence

Additional Information

Areas of Expertise

Family Law including Children and Elder Law
Relationship Property Disputes and Litigation
Trusts, Wills and Estates including Family Protection and Testamentary Promises


2016 – Completed the NZLS Litigation Skills Course

2015 – Completed the NZLS lawyer for child course

2006-2008 – Diploma of Financial Services in Insurance Broking

2004 – Admitted as a barrister and solicitor of New Zealand

2004 – Bachelor of Arts (University of Auckland)

2004 – Bachelor of Laws (University of Auckland)

Report Cases and Other Notable Recent Cases

G v L [2017] NZFLR 31 (Court of Appeal) – leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal relating to an Order for Final Spousal Maintenance

McQueen v Penn [2016] NZFLR 795 (High Court) – High Court appeal on Order for Final Spousal Maintenance

Zola v Abel [2016] NZFLR 81 (Family Court) – Family Court decision on whether a second order for Interim Spousal Maintenance could be made

A(T)A v RKZ [2015] NZHC 859 (High Court) – High Court appeal on Interim Spousal Maintenance

HAP v GJP (2012) 29 FRNZ 212 (Family Court) – Family Court decision relating to children’s care arrangements

Memberships, Societies, Clubs and Organisations

Member of New Zealand Law Society

Member of Family Law Section

Member of Auckland District Law Society Inc(ADLSi)

Committee Member of ADLSi Family Law Committee

Member of Family Courts Association

Member of Collaborative Advocacy NZ

Member of New Zealand Bar Association

Member of Auckland Women’s Lawyers Association

Professional Background

September 2004-September 2006: Solicitor in Dispute Resolution Team, Gaze Burt, Lawyers

September 2006 to February 2008: Risk Adviser in Corporate Professional Liability Team, Marsh Ltd

February 2008 to June 2009: Solicitor in Insurance Team, Shieff Angland Lawyers

August 2009 to September 2011: Solicitor in Family Law Team,  Jackson Russell, Lawyers

September 2011 to December 2013: Family Lawyer at Family Law Results

January 2014 to December 2015: Staff Barrister with Margaret Casey QC

January 2015 to present: Barrister, Southern Cross Chambers

Louise Reed

DDI: +64 9 307 2220
Fax: +64 9 377 6971
Office Location:
Southern Cross Chambers
Level 12, Southern Cross Building
59-67 High Street
Corner Victoria & High Streets
Auckland CBD
PO Box 5444
Wellesley Street
Auckland 1141