Nicolette Bodewes

09 486 5804

A practising barrister and solicitor for over 17 years who started out at Schnauer and Co, Nicolette has always been passionate about family law. Nicolette leads our family law team in providing empathetic, compassionate care – recognising that it’s an enormous privilege to be given a window into people’s lives and to be trusted with such important work.

Nicolette’s background in psychology enables her to tap into how her clients are feeling; enabling her to connect with them, look out for red flags, and provide emotional support as well as legal support. A strong leader, she is committed to mentoring and training those coming up in law, and always finds time for her peers and colleagues.

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of Auckland)
  • Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology
  • New Zealand Law Society
  • New Zealand Law Society Family Law Section
  • Auckland District Law Society
  • Family Courts Association
  • Member of the North Harbour Club
  • Deputy Chair of Harbour Hospice
  • Family law expert and has appeared in the Family Court, District Court and High Courts of New Zealand 
  • Pre-nuptial and relationship agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Divorce/dissolution of marriage
  • Advising on all aspects of separation, divorce and property settlements
  • Domestic violence
  • Care of children arrangements
  • Child support
  • Adoption
  • Change of sex/gender
  • Surrogacy
  • Family law litigation


  • Wrongful terminations (being sacked or fired)
  • Advice on disciplinary meetings
  • Forced resignations from work (constructive dismissal) 
  • Wrongful written warning
  • Personal grievances
  • Redundancy issues
  • Wanting to know their rights as an employee
  • Workplace bullying or harassment



  • Advising on terminations of an employee
  • Redundancies and restructuring
  • Employment agreements
  • Conducting disciplinary meetings
  • Advice on restoring harmony within the workplace
  • Defending personal grievance actions
  • Private negotiations in relation to employment problems
  • Representation at Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) mediations
  • Representation at Employment Relations Authority investigative meetings