BA, LLB (Hons, First Class), Associate
Tiana Ritchie
Tiana joined Wynn Williams in February 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts in Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury.
 
Tiana works primarily with Jeremy Johnson complex commercial disputes.  Tiana has developed particular experience in trust law and Māori land law.  In the area of Māori land law, Tiana provides advice to both iwi and local authorities. 
 
Tiana also works with Joshua Shaw on criminal and family litigation work, and has a particular interest in relationship property disputes.

"I enjoy tackling difficult, and often novel, legal issues with the support and guidance of our strong litigation team."
Contact
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Specialities

Recent Projects

  • Acting for a beneficiary in an opposed application for succession orders in the Maori Land Court.
  • Providing ongoing advice to an Iwi Trust regarding varied issues and disputes. Including acting for the Iwi Trust in bringing proceedings to wind up a related society and also acting for the Iwi Trust is defending a claim to remove all trustees.
  • Providing advice to a large iwi in relation to a claim for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council in relation to a challenge in the High Court to the payment of consent fees.
  • Advising Canterbury Regional Council on a complex LGOIMA request, including advice on refusal of requests, and assisting on the preparation and release of the requested documents. Advising Southland Regional Council on an Ombudsman review of its decision in relation to a LGOIMA request.
  • Undertaking due diligence in respect of Māori rights and interests and the impact this may have on the sale and/or purchase of land.
  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council in relation to the Application for Judicial Review of the Navigational Safety Bylaw 2016.
  • Debt collection work for local authorities and various companies.
  • Advising clients from a variety of backgrounds on relationship property division and drafting section 21 and section 21A separation agreements.
  • Undertaking due diligence in respect of Māori rights and interests and the impact this may have on the sale and/or purchase of land.
  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council and Southland Regional Council in relation to prosecutions under the Resource Management Act 1991.
  • Part of the legal team acting for, and providing advice to, the Canterbury Regional Council and the Southland Regional Council in the numerous applications to the High Court for customary marine title and protected customary rights under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011.
  • Appearing as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in Talbot v Talbot [2017] NZCA 507

Recent Articles

22/11/2018

Review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976

The Law Commission is reviewing the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (Act). As part of its review, the Law Commission has recently released their preferred approach for changes to the Act.

Keep reading...


Memberships

  • Member of the Mother’s Project Volunteer Programme
  • Canterbury Women's Legal Association



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Wynn Williams Christchurch
Level 5, Wynn Williams House, 47 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand.
PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
+64 3 379 7622
+64 3 379 2467
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PO Box 2401, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
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