Dana Holbrook, BA JD
I have practiced law in New Zealand since 1997 and specialise in all areas of Family Law. I regularly appear in the Family Court and have appeared in the High Court on various matters.
I am an assigned Legal Aid Provider and am happy to discuss with you whether you might be eligible for Legal Aid. I am also on the Lawyer for Child list and receive appointments from the Ministry of Justice to represent children in Family Court proceedings.
I completed a course named Collaborative Practice held by the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Collaborative law uses a different approach to resolving disputes without involving litigation; the focus is on the parties being able to reach an agreeable solution to their particular issues. One of the many positive aspects of Collaborative Law is the parties make their own decisions rather than having a Judge make a decision, which either one or both parties disagree with.
I graduated from Auckland University in 1992 with a Batchelor of Laws and a Batchelor of Arts majoring in sociology. I have worked primarily in legal property matters including Trust, Wills, Estate, Relationship Property and Residential & Commercial Conveyancing.
I formerly owned a legal practice in Takapuna for 21 years and have recently sold the firm to become a consulting senior lawyer. I am now working part-time with Holbrook Law.
I have written two books: The First Home Buyers Guide which is available in libraries throughout New Zealand; and The Estate Planner which is a book in which you can record personal information in one place to make the administration of your estate cost effective, faster and easier.
I have a real passion to pass on to others the knowledge I have gained over the years and I am able to do so through my books, through speaking engagements and by giving clients legal advice.
I have practised in the Family Law area since 2014. I specialise in all areas of Family Law particularly the care and contact of children, guardianship disputes, domestic violence, Oranga Tamariki matters and relationship property.
I regularly appear in the Family Court.
I am an assigned Legal Aid provider and am happy to discuss your eligibility as to receipt of Legal Aid.
My academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law (Hons) from Auckland University and a Master of Law (Hons) from Victoria University.
I have a strong sense of community, have travelled widely and have worked previously for the United Nations in the human rights area.
I gained my Legal Executive Diploma with the New Zealand Law Society in 2012. I have 4 ½ years experience working as a Legal Secretary in a mid-sized firm prior to joining Holbrook Law.
My practice areas include Residential Sale & Purchase, Refinancing, Wills, Estates, Trusts and Enduring Powers of Attorney.
I am in the final year of my Bachelor of Laws with AUT which I have been completing part time since 2017 while working full time in the legal sector and starting my little family.
I have 8+ years experience working as a Legal Secretary, Legal Assistant and Law Clerk in small firms prior to joining Holbrook Law in 2024.
I have experience in Conveyancing (including Residential Sale & Purchase and Refinancing matters), Estate Planning (including Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney), Estate Administration, Trusts and Commercial Leasing and I am looking forward to gaining experience in Relationship Property and Family Law.
I returned to live in New Zealand in late 2016, having lived in Australia with my family for 5 years prior. Since being back in New Zealand, I joined the team at Holbrook Law as receptionist/secretary.
I have over 10 years experience working in reception and support roles.
I am a mum of three girls and enjoy spending time with my family watching movies and exploring the outdoors.