Zoë Lawton

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Kia ora

I'm a legal researcher and writer based in Auckland. Feel free to contact me with inquiries, questions or feedback - it would be great to hear from you.


I do freelance family, medical, and employment law research for government, universities, companies and individual barristers. Prior to going freelance I completed a Master of Laws and worked for the Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand in a research counsel role. You can learn more about my skills and experience here


I write articles on legal issues for various media outlets which explain current laws and potential law changes to the public. Past articles have covered issues such as: sperm and egg donation, surrogacy, paternity, medically assisted dying, the division of relationship property post separation, sexual harassment in the workplace, and family violence. You can read my articles here.


In 2018 I set up a #metoo blog to provide people in the legal profession with a safe space to share their experiences of sexual harassment and to obtain information on reporting processes and support services. I regularly appeared in the media to advocate for sexual harassment law changes, spoke at a range of conferences and events and was a finalist in the 2018 Stuff Women of Influence Awards. In 2019 I was elected to the Aotearoa Legal Workers' Union Executive and currently manage the Union's Employment Law Committee and Pro Bono Panel. ​You can learn more about my volunteer work here.

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I am a registered marriage celebrant and have officiated large and small scale weddings. I also officiate court registry style ceremonies with just you, your partner and your two witnesses if you'd like to keep it low key.  

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