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Gillian Stuart joins Aspiring Law with 30 years’ experience in law having represented parents, children and vulnerable adults in a wide range of family and mental-health related cases. Recently Gillian has been working at Suburban Law in Christchurch, overseeing the day-to-day running of three general practice offices.
Originally from Scotland, Gillian worked in a number of Inverness legal firms. Her last role in the UK was as Partner at Fleetwood and Robb specialising in all aspects of court work. She was employed to head up and develop the civil court department, specialising particularly in family law.
Gillian and her family moved to New Zealand in 2008, where they took some time out before buying a struggling café bar and restaurant in the CBD. With a passion for cooking and excellent business acumen, Gillian and her husband managed to turn around the restaurant and were on the road to success until the Christchurch earthquake damaged the business beyond repair in 2011.
Returning to law meant that Gillian had to complete her Legal Transfer exams and was enrolled as a New Zealand solicitor in June 2012. Keen to be part of a team, and with a love of the landscape and lifestyle on offer in Wanaka, Gillian jumped at the opportunity to work at Aspiring Law. Gillian says, “I’m a people person through and through. As a family lawyer my job is to make difficult times easier for all family members, especially when there are children involved.”
Gillian has two grown up children and away from the office she is a keen squash player and formerly represented Scotland in the over 35s team. Knees willing, she is hoping to start skiing again during the Wanaka winter months.