Rachael Dewar Law was established in 2010 by family law expert, Rachael Dewar. The team has since grown to five dedicated family lawyers practising across all areas of family law. We work collaboratively to offer you clear and cost-effective legal advice and representation when you need it most.
Rachael Dewar Law is committed to the community, and to ensuring access to justice for all people. Our lawyers provide services for legally aided persons, assist the Mothers Project, and volunteer at the Community Law Centre. All our lawyers are members of the Wellington Family Courts Association and the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society.
The team at Rachael Dewar Law are also committed to increasing cultural competency, and have an ongoing study programme to learn Te Reo Māori. We strive to be a culturally safe space for all.
Rachael Dewar – Principal
Rachael Dewar is the founder and principal of Rachael Dewar Law. Rachael is a senior family lawyer, with over 30 years’ experience in the field. Rachael provides expert advice and representation in all aspects of family law including relationship property, estate claims, pre-nuptial agreements, parenting and relocation, adoption and surrogacy arrangements.
Rachael is a senior Lawyer for Child and an accredited FDR (Family Dispute Resolution) Mediator and has many years hands-on experience in mediation.
Rachael is also a long-standing member of the Wellington Family Law Committee of the NZ Law Society and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section. In November 2019, Rachael was Chair of the NZLS Family Law Conference, attended by over 400 family lawyers and other experts from NZ and overseas. She is a member of the organising committee for the 2021 Conference as well.
Rachael is passionate about empowering clients to find the best solutions, as well as equality and seeing justice done. Outside of work Rachael is active in the local community. She volunteers at the Soup Kitchen, sings in the Orpheus Choir, and is an avid reader and dedicated book club member.
Emma Va’ai – Associate
Emma Va’ai is an Associate at Rachael Dewar Law. She has more than 15 years’ experience in all areas of family law, including relationship property, contracting out agreements (pre-nups), care of children, PPPR, adoption, family violence, and Oranga Tamariki matters. Emma also receives Court appointments in her role as Lawyer for Child, a role she particularly enjoys. Emma has a background in general practice and has a sound understanding of trusts, property and business matters, which she draws on to assist clients. She is skilled in dealing with complex relationship property matters.
Emma is proud to be one of only a few lawyers in New Zealand registered as users of New Zealand Sign Language, having started to learn sign as a young child. She is uniquely able to assist Deaf clients and values accessibility to the law for all people.
Emma is both empathetic and practical. She is motivated to assist clients to achieve realistic, lasting outcomes, and to resolve disputes early and amicably. Outside of work, Emma is often found creating in the kitchen or curled up with a good book.
Amy Gulbransen – Associate
Amy Gulbransen is an Associate at Rachael Dewar Law. She has significant experience appearing in the Family Court on care of children and related issues, plus a considerable understanding of other family law areas. Amy has a particular interest in relationship property, care of children and adoption matters, and undertakes work in the family violence and Oranga Tamariki spaces. Amy also receives appointments from the Court in her role as Lawyer for Child.
Amy is the Wellington Regional Representative for the Family Law Section and volunteers at the Wellington Community Law Centre.
Amy values good communication. She provides her clients with realistic legal advice and keeps them fully informed throughout the process. Amy ensures that her clients understand their legal position so that they can make informed decisions about the things that are most important to them.
Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, keeping fit, and takes time out to travel to new places as much as she can.
Louisa Jackson – Senior Solicitor
Louisa Jackson is a Senior Solicitor at Rachael Dewar Law. Louisa advises and represents clients in all areas of family law, with a special interest in complex relationship property, estate claims, and matters relating to children. Prior to working in family law, Louisa was Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office. She has a first-class Honours degree in Law, a bachelor’s degree in social policy, and has published academic articles relating to child protection and mental health issues.
Louisa is experienced in complex litigation and draws on this to provide strategic advice to her clients. She is happiest when helping clients resolve disputes in a positive and efficient way. If it becomes necessary to go to Court, Louisa is an able litigator and a strong advocate for her clients.
Louisa is empathetic, and clear headed. She values equity, fairness, and protecting the vulnerable. She enjoys being part of a diverse family and understands the challenges presented by family conflict. Louisa is an active mother of two young children and, in her few spare moments, will be found either on her yoga mat or out in the garden.
Ruby Hey – Solicitor
Ruby Hey is a Solicitor at Rachael Dewar Law. She has experience in a range of family law areas including relationship property, Contracting Out Agreements (pre-nups), care of children, adoption, family violence and dissolution of marriage.
Ruby volunteers at the Wellington Community Law Centre and was previously involved in the Student Rights Service as part of the Community Justice Project. There she provided information to parents struggling with issues relating to their children’s school.
Ruby is passionate about helping clients through difficult situations and strives to provide practical and sound advice. Ruby grew up in Auckland but now considers herself a Wellingtonian. She enjoys travelling and outside of work you will find her ticking off as many beautiful walks in Wellington as she can.
Kusum Ravji – Practice Manager
Kusum joined Rachael Dewar Law in August 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and her background is in financial management with both the private and public sector. Kusum has over 15 years’ experience in the legal industry as a Practice Manager and Accountant in financial reporting, payroll and human resource management.
Kusum is responsible for maintaining work systems, procedures, policies and compliance with Anti-Money Laundering regulations. Other duties include overseeing and improvement of practice operations, debtor management and financial administration.
She is also available to answer any administrative queries you may have with your file. This enables the rest of the team to focus on client matters.