Colin Abernethy

Harmans Lawyers, Level 2, Westpac Building, 79-81 Cashel Street
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011
New Zealand
Office Phone: 006433797835
Member since 2022
Membership Type: IACP


Barrister, Lawyer, Solicitor

Family Lawyer / Lucky Husband / Rookie Father / Proud Kiwi

Area(s) of Practice: I specialise in Family Law, in particular the division of assets upon separation including personally owned assets, companies and trusts together with all care of children disputes. Collaborative Law.
License(s): Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Professional Activities

Following the conclusion of my university studies I started my legal career in 2007 as a lawyer at Harmans Lawyers, Christchurch, New Zealand - and have never looked back, working my way from Solicitor to Associate and now Partner in our specialist Family Law Team. I was elected Chairperson of the Christchurch Family Courts Association in 2015 and again in 2016. In March 2015 I was appointed Convenor of the Canterbury-Westland Family Law Committee (having started my term on that Committee in 2011). Following the conclusion of my term as Convenor in 2019, I was appointed by the New Zealand Family Law Section as their Canterbury-Westland Regional Representative, that term ending in 2021. In 2022 I was appointed to the Executive Committee of the New Zealand Family Law Section, a role I currently occupy. I have also recently been appointed as Sectretary of Collaborative Resolution New Zealand (Collaborative Law Association of New Zealand Incorporated).

Undergraduate Education

University of Canterbury - LLB (Hons) & BA (majoring in Policital Science), 2006

Professional Education

Introductory Collaborative Law Training, Collaborative Law Assn of NZ 2022
Court-Appointed Lawyer for Children