Admitted in 1983 Margaret has been a barrister sole since 1993. She has an undergraduate degree from Auckland University and a Masters from Kings College London. Margaret was the Inaugural Chair of the NZ Family Law Section and member of the Section Executive for a number of years. She has been regular contributer to the NZLS Legal Education programme. Her practice includes relationship property and trust advice on divorce. She has 2 significant areas of international specialty . The Hague Convention on Child Abduction and international surrogacy . Margaret has conducted a number of appeals (mainly for the Central Authority), provided advice to the Central Authority and the Courts on the operation of the Convention.In relation to international surrogacy Margaret has acted for clients who have undertaken surrogacy in the United States, India, Thailand, Australia and the UK.Her cases are the most widely reported in NZ on this issue and she is acknowledged by her peers and the judiciary as an authority on this developing and complex subject.She was appointed to The Hague Experts Group on Parentage and Surrogacy in 2015.Margaret is also a trained and experienced mediator.She regularly mediates trust,property, child and Hague Convention disputes both privately and for the Family Court.She was appointed Queens Counsel in 2015.