JOHANNA ROBERTSON

BARRISTER


Family and Children’s Law Specialists


REVIEWS




"Professionalism, compassion, availability, and responsiveness are just a few of the words I would use"

"When I found Johanna I had exhausted all my resources for coping with a very acrimonious marital and custody dispute.

Along the process Johanna has given me very sage advice that is professional and sincere tempered with just the right amount of compassion. I have come to value her wisdom and trust in her judgment for the best outcome for us all in such difficult circumstances.

She has been honest with me about all the possible outcomes while still being able to offer me hope, at a time I could not find it anywhere else.

On the days I was stressed, overwhelmed by emotions and paperwork, Johanna guided me through the necessary processes to keep myself and my daughter safe and protected by the law. There are days when she makes contact just to see how I am.

I know I will be experiencing more challenges in the future, but I am in good hands with such a great woman on my side, and we will tackle them together. Johanna has changed my outlook on this chapter of my life for the better.

While I may not be the most profitable client due to being a single mother of a special needs child, I can confidently say I am the 'most grateful' client.

Carolyn Johnston is a most talented PA, and the perfect complement to Johanna. I find her very approachable and sensitive to my needs as a client. Carolyn is able to answer many questions and deal with some of my concerns directly when Johanna in not available. Her skills go way beyond clerical and legal, and have included bonding with my wee daughter during our many visits.

Professionalism, compassion, availability, and responsiveness are just a few of the words I would use when describing this incredible duo of women who I am blessed enough to call 'my people'."



AD, 2018





"I couldn’t recommend Brintyn Smith any more highly. In the 14 months he has been acting for me he has displayed both a high level of professionalism and knowledge of family law.

Brintyn mixes no nonsense advice together with empathy which helps you get through trying times."



MB, 2017



"I don’t think I have ever dealt with such a unique, talented and truly caring professional – Brintyn is literally one of a kind..."

"I had the fortune of being represented by Brintyn Smith for over a year, during what was a particularly drawn out and difficult Family Court case, plagued with high levels of hostility.

Legal skills are what a law degree gives you – that is your basic minimal expectation when you engage the services of any legal professional. There are the “cut and paste” variety of barristers, who simply see you as a pay check. However, to really navigate this unique branch of the Justice system whilst retaining dignity and perspective, to ultimately secure the best possible outcomes for your children, you need to find those special additional qualities that no university can ever teach. Your barrister needs both a head and a heart and to occasionally be able to help you tell the difference when needed.

You need to be able to establish a unique level of rapport and trust, underpinned by unquestionable integrity, dedication, kindness, good humour and authentic, objective wise counsel when you need it the most. This person will see your love for your children, but also your hurt and despair – they must be able to give you the strength and confidence to tackle some of the hardest decisions and most personally challenging experiences you will ever face.

Brintyn has an abundance of these qualities:

    He doesn’t take himself too seriously, so you will have some fun and you don’t need to compete with a lawyer’s ego;
    He is a dedicated parent himself, so you know he understands the core purpose and fundamental objectives at heart;
    He is a pragmatist, so you know he can help you see through the fog, make the trade-offs and focus on what matters;
    He is brutally honest and unfiltered when needed, so you don’t need to hide thoughts or sometimes feelings;
    He is articulate and very clever; so you can count on his voice even if you can’t always find yours;
    He is approachable and reverent, so you can be sure that he will foster the kind of rapport and relationships needed;
    He has a massive kind heart, so you know that he has the empathy needed for your most precious relationships;
To be honest, I don’t think I have ever dealt with such a unique, talented and truly caring professional – Brintyn is literally “one of a kind” and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in the unfortunate situation of needing his help."



MB, 2018





"Jo Robertson worked tirelessly to ensure my daughter gets to enjoy growing up with her father by her side. Aside from Jo’s comprehensive knowledge of family law and her 25 years of experience in and out of the court room, she was a calming influence in what was a difficult time for me and my family. For this, I’m truly grateful and I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone that should need it."



BW, 2018



"Jo is both an incredible lawyer and a fantastic person, with integrity and a passion for her work."

My proceedings in the family court have been fairly lengthy and tumultuous. I can honestly say that Johanna has been nothing short of an absolute blessing

She is extremely knowledgeable, a master of words and her wealth of experience shows in the results she gets. Watching her in action or reading the communication she sends to other lawyers, is nothing short of brilliant. She is extremely classy in the way she carries herself and allows her intelligence and impressive legal knowledge speak for her.

Jo has been an absolute tower of strength for me during this process and has minimised the amount of stress I faced against my ex-husband. My circumstances mean, beside from my young son, I have no family in NZ. However, Jo supported me so well and fought so hard for me, she empowered me and I felt I had a true advocate that genuinely cared. The thing that I feel really makes Jo stand out besides her knowledge, is the fact she saw and treated me as a person, not just another client. In addition to this, her hard work and relentless effort means I have regained control over my life.

Jo is both an incredible lawyer and a fantastic person, with integrity and a passion for her work. Her advice has always been proven to be sound and reliable.

Brintyn helped with the case further down the track, he and Jo complement each perfectly. He is such a happy, bubbly person with a true passion for what he does. He works tirelessly and again, allows his wealth of legal knowledge to speak for him. He has an obvious passion and his determination for justice is admirable.

Carolyn, Jo’s PA was always so kind and welcoming, working relentlessly and communicating so efficiently, it was a pleasure to speak and work with her. Overall, they are a fantastic team, despite the sad circumstances of needing a family lawyer, they made the entire process as pleasant as possible. I most highly recommend this fantastic team.



RM, 2017





"I sought out Johanna Robertson’s assistance at a very difficult time in my life. Her professional approach and knowledge of family law has been very fruitful. Very grateful to Jo and her team for their guidance and support during this challenging time in my life."



HD, 2018



"If ever you need brilliant, hands on, no nonsense, straight forward, honest and up front lawyer then Brintyn is your man"

"I had the pleasure of working with Brintyn and his colleagues for a few months and would not have had the results I did if it wasn't for them. If ever you need brilliant, hands on, no nonsense, straight forward, honest and up front lawyer then Brintyn is your man. He has a great understanding of the emotional effects the process takes on every individual and shows sincerity towards your situation. He gets the job done and keeps you in the loop every step of the way. To me personally having to deal with the Family Court is stressful in itself to say the least, but he makes you feel at ease as you are properly informed at all stages of the process as you go along. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for and what you want is results. Absolutely worth giving him a call. Thank you Brintyn!"



VS, 2018

SERVICES


Complex Care of Children Act matters including sexual abuse allegations, and parental alienation


Relationship Property disputes including Trust disputes


Relocation and Guardianship decision making


Guardianship of the Court / Wardship


Complex Care and Protection (CYF/Oranga Tamariki) cases


Domestic violence – psychological abuse

Caregivers (Home for Life, permanent caregivers seeking custody of children


Appeals to the High Court and The Court of Appeal


Legal Aid


International Clients


Mediation



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CONTACT


Meetings are by appointment only. Please contact our office via phone or email to schedule
8.30 - 3.15 Tuesday to Friday


Newmarket Office


Eden Street Chambers
Level 2, Ideal House
17 Eden St, Newmarket
Auckland, 1023




Warkworth Office


Lavender House
27 Lilburn St,
Warkworth, 0910






Make an appointment


Tel: +64 9 524 6154
Fax: +64 9 524 6155
or
carolyn@jrobertsonlaw.co.nz




Hours of operation


Tuesday to Friday: 08:30 - 15:15
Saturday to Monday: Closed


Newmarket Office


Eden Street Chambers
Level 2, Ideal House
17 Eden St, Newmarket
Auckland, 1023




Warkworth Office


Lavender House
27 Lilburn St,
Warkworth, 0910




Make an appointment


Tel: +64 9 524 6154
Fax: +64 9 524 6155
or
carolyn@jrobertsonlaw.co.nz




Hours of operation


Tuesday to Friday: 08:30 - 15:15
Saturday to Monday: Closed


SERVICES


Complex Care of Children Act matters including sexual abuse allegations, and parental alienation


Relationship Property disputes including Trust disputes


Relocation and Guardianship decision making


Guardianship of the Court / Wardship


Complex Care and Protection (CYF/Oranga Tamariki) cases


Domestic violence – psychological abuse

Caregivers (Home for Life, permanent caregivers seeking custody of children


Appeals to the High Court and The Court of Appeal


Legal Aid


International Clients


Mediation