Brian Carter

Brian is a barrister practising in the family law arena, mainly in relationship property, trust, estate and COCA litigation. 

He is a former partner at McVeagh Fleming, has lectured in family property law at Auckland University (2002-2004) and is a trained mediator (LEADR New Zealand and CEDR United Kingdom). Brian is a past contributor to Brookers and Family Property.  He is a regular contributor to continuing professional development in the legal profession through presenting at seminars and conferences and is a long-standing membership of the ADLS CPD Committee.

Brian regularly appears in the Family Court and the High Court. He has represented clients in the Court of Appeal. He often participates in mediations. For many years he has been appointed by the Family Court to act for children in parenting hearings.

Areas of Practice

  • Relationship/De facto property division
  • Property Settlements
  • Contracting Out Agreement
  • Trust issues

  • Estate Litigation
  • Arrangements for children
  • Financial support for spouses and children
  • International family law matters

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the New Zealand Bar Association
  • Member of the Family Law Section

  • Member of NZLS Standards Committee
  • Member of ADLS Continuing Professional Development

Qualifications / Work History

  • Graduate Auckland University BA, LLB (Hons)
  • 1977 Admitted to the Bar
  • 1985-1989 Partner in the firm of Thomson Wilson, Whangarei
  • 1991 to 2001 Partner in the firm of McVeagh Fleming, Auckland
  • 2001 to 2002 Sabbatical year in Italy
  • 2002 Barrister Sole, Auckland City to date
  • 2002 to 2004 Taught Family Property at Auckland University




Contact Me

Phone: 09 369 5938


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