Marie HansenSpecial Counsel BA/LLB(hons)
Marie is a seasoned litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with over 15 years’ experience practicing in New Zealand. Specialising in relationship property and regulatory matters including AML and Competition Law, Marie has established herself as a trusted advocate, known for providing clear, realistic advice, taking the time to understand clients’ unique needs and concerns, and offering personalized legal solutions tailored to their specific circumstances.
With excellent communication skills, Marie ensures that her clients are well-informed every step of the way, explaining complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner. Clients appreciate the way she builds strong lawyer-client relationships, built on communication, trust and transparency, easing her clients’ stress and empowering them to move forward with their lives confidently.
Her expertise extends across several key areas, including:
End of Relationship Agreements
Marie possesses a deep understanding of the intricate and personal legal issues that often arise during relationship dissolutions. With her extensive experience in negotiating, drafting, and advising on end of relationship agreements, she guides her clients through these challenging times, ensuring that their rights are protected and facilitating fair and equitable resolutions. Her meticulous attention to detail and commitment to their best interests make her an invaluable asset.
Property Sharing Agreements & Contracting Out Agreements
Marie’s astute negotiation skills and extensive knowledge of property sharing agreements make her an invaluable asset to clients seeking to navigate these complex matters. Well-versed in crafting robust agreements, she is dedicated to protecting her clients’ investments and ensuring that their interests are well-represented throughout the process.
Marie’s acumen extends beyond civil litigation and dispute resolution. She is well-versed in regulatory frameworks, particularly excelling in providing strategic advice on anti-money laundering (AML) and competition law matters. She designed and implemented Smith and Partners Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance programme.
Clients can rely on Marie to navigate the intricate web of regulations, providing insightful guidance that enables them to remain compliant and make informed business decisions.
Committed to fostering the growth of the legal profession, Marie serves as an adjunct instructor at the College of Law. She teaches the Property and Maintenance and Advanced Issues in Property and Maintenance papers for the Family Law Masters (LLM), and a range of courses for the Professional Legal Studies program. Marie’s dedication to education reflects her commitment to staying at the forefront of legal developments and equipping the next generation of lawyers with the skills they need to excel.
Outside of work, Marie enjoys music and spending time with her family.