Sharon believes in providing pragmatic advice to clients to ensure they achieve the best possible outcome in the most cost-effective way.
Sharon practices in all areas of family law, including relationship property, care of children, spousal maintenance and trusts and estate disputes. Sharon frequently appears in the Family Court and represents clients at mediation, the majority of which have achieved successful outcomes.
Sharon provides specialist advice as to the best manner in which to protect assets when entering into a relationship and dealing with assets as a result of separation or death.
Sharon is a contributor to leading online legal research service, Westlaw and has been asked to speak at legal seminars held by the New Zealand Law Society. In addition to her appointment as a Regional Representative of the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society, Sharon has published family law articles in various legal publications and has been interviewed by a number of media outlets to comment on family law issues.
- Wolters Kluwer CCH seminar 05 September 2018: "Avoiding estate claims upon death"
- Wolters Kluwer CCH seminar 04 July 2018: "Claims against trust property upon separation"
- New Zealand Law Society PRA Intensive 20 June 2018: "The latest hits: case law update"
- Wolters Kluwer CCH seminar 29 November 2017: "Certifying contracting out agreements"
- New Zealand Law Society seminar 14 November 2017: "Asset protection: death and divorce"
- New Zealand Law Society seminar 21 March 2019: "PRA - Recent Developments"
- 02 November 2018: Newstalk ZB: Law Commission's proposed changes to relationship property law
- 02 November 2018: National Business Review "Proposed divorce law reforms badly needed, leading practitioner says"
- 15 November 2018: Newstalk ZB "Impact of industrial strike action in the Family Court"
- 29 October 2018: National Business Review: "What business folk need to know about changing divorce laws"
- March 2018: Newstalk ZB: Alleged child abuse suffered by 4 month old baby
- October 2017: www.stuff.co.nz: "Divorce at second sight: how easy is it to end a (first sight) marriage in New Zealand?
- August 2017 New Zealand Herald: "Girl left alone, after hours, in Ministry for Vulnerable Children office"
- July 2017 Newstalk ZB: National party's proposed changes to child support
- 27 July 2017: New Zealand Law Society Lawpoints: "School 'trial' opened pathway to fashion, fitness, wine - and law: Sharon Chandra"
Law Talk February 2019: "Family protection claim by estranged children in multimillion dollar estate"
Westlaw Contributing Author July 2018
Family Advocate Autumn 2018: "The perils of parting with relationship property"
Law Talk February 2018: "The Supreme Court's approach to economic disparity"
Family Advocate Summer 2017: "The danger of de facto relationships"
Family Advocate Spring 2017: "Relationship property: not always 50/50"
Law Talk October 2017: "When contracting out agreements don't provide protection"
Regional Representative of Family Law Section - February 2018 - current
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