Courtney Donaldson

LLB, BCom, Associate

Courtney joined the firm in January 2017 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce in Taxation and Accounting.  She works in the national Dispute Resolution Team supporting Joshua Shaw and Andrew Watkins.

Courtney works primarily in the areas of relationship property, family, regulatory prosecutions and criminal law.  Courtney has also gained an interest in road transport civil litigation.
Courtney's work in relationship property includes drafting separation and contracting out agreements and acting for clients in relationship property disputes and litigated matters. Her work in family law includes drafting parenting orders and applications to relocate, as well as acting for clients in care of children disputes.
Courtney regularly attends Court in the criminal jurisdiction on a range of matters.

Recent Articles


COVID-19 Bubble trouble

New Zealanders are having to quickly adjust to a new normal as we face the COVID-19 crisis and the introduction of “alert levels” which greatly restrict the way we live. “Bubble” is a term coined by our Prime Minister to describe the group of people who make up a household. For the four weeks (at least), we are all under strict orders to stay in our bubble and stay home. This drastic change to our way of living is guaranteed to bring about new challenges.

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Domestic violence during the lockdown – help is still available

Regrettably, it is predicted that there will be a rise in domestic violence during the COVID-19 lockdown. This is an unintended consequence of families being kept home, stressed and potentially out of employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also an unintended consequence for people living in already abusive homes, as they are having to spend more time with their abuser - and thus be at a heightened risk of further abuse.

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COVID-19 What does the lockdown mean for shared care arrangements?

Following the Government’s announcement that New Zealand is moving to a nationwide lockdown for at least four weeks, naturally there has been some uncertainty for families as to what this means for shared care arrangements.

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Dealing with NZTA disputes – cooperate or litigate?

In October 2018 the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) announced that it was undertaking an extensive review of its 850 open compliance files. This announcement came with the message that the NZTA would be toughening up its compliance regime and would no longer be prioritising education over enforcement.

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