Who am I? Zoë Lawton, legal nerd and #metoo advocate based in New Zealand. I specialise in family law, criminal law and legal tech.
What do I do? I undertake research and advise clients on existing law, law reform, as well as legal policy and data. Specific topics I've researched include: paternity, sperm and egg donation, surrogacy, separation, relationship property, adoption, assisted dying, organ donation, transmission of sexually transmitted infections, family violence, sexual harassment, court systems and procedure, the judiciary and government agencies including Police, Ministry of Justice and the Department of Corrections. I also write legal articles for the media including Stuff and Vice.
Credentials? I've got a Master of Laws and have been admitted to the New Zealand bar as a barrister and solicitor. I started my career working for the Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand then became an independent contractor. Past clients include the Ministry of Justice, Victoria University of Wellington, Canterbury University, DNA Diagnostics, Seattle Sperm Bank, Shift Advisory, Vault Platform and family law barristers Margaret Casey QC and Jan McCartney QC.