Riiana is an experienced family lawyer. Her speciality is applications regarding the care of children and domestic violence. Riiana’s representation style is collaborative, meaning a preference of working toward resolution with the other professionals involved prior to pushing matters to court hearing, saving time and expense for clients wherever possible.
Riiana is a mother, who understands that legal matters concerning children and families as matters of the heart, can be particularly hard. Riiana prides herself on her ability to provide practical advice and navigate clients through the legal processes, taking responsibilities for the things she can take care of on their behalf, so clients do not have to worry, at what is often a difficult and vulnerable time in their lives.
Riiana holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland and was admitted to the bar in 2014. She began her legal career in the Ministry of Justice, working as a registrar in both the Criminal Jurisdiction and Special Tribunals, this means she brings to her role a strong knowledge of court process and protocol, as well as familiarity with court documentation and applications.
Riiana then gained further experience as a lawyer and legal educator at the local Waitemata Community Law Centre. As a result, Riiana has a passion for helping her clients access justice and achieve the best possible and cost effective outcome for them and their children.
As a former legal educator, Riiana believes in breaking down the law in simple ways to clients, so they can understand how it affects their lives and families, empowering them going forward once their matters conclude. Riiana believes communication and maintaining a relationship of trust, is paramount to the lawyer/client relationship and successful outcomes.
Outside of work Riiana likes to travel home to spend time with her family in the Bay of Islands, spending time with her son and partner and travelling.
Riiana is very proud of her Māori and Scottish heritage, both of which hold family as a central value. The concept of family is pivotal to her own personal value system, which is the source of her passion for the work she delivers, and the level of client care she provides.