Meet Our Authors

Many legal professionals have contributed to the By Lawyers’ publications, all helping to ensure the content is accurate and practical, and updated regularly to reflect changes in legislation, practice and procedure. Our subscribers can be confident that they have ready access to the latest and most practical commentary on the law and that they are working with the latest precedents and forms.

Meet some of our contributors.

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Vanessa Leishman

Lawyer, Vanessa Leishman, of Leishman Legal has been in practice since 1994. She is experienced in family law and domestic violence matters, representing clients with diverse needs. Vanessa practises in both New Zealand and Australia, having developed a niche practice in Trans-Tasman family law issues acting for clients all over the world.

Publications she has contributed to include Dissolution, Family Law Parenting, Relationship Property, and Relationship Property Agreements.

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Jay Park

Jay Park is a property law expert and the principal and founder of Convey Law, the property law division of LAW.NZ Lawyers. He has over 18 years of experience in property law and advises clients on a broad range of matters, including commercial, business & estates.

Publications he has contributed to include Sale and Purchase of Real Estate, Mortgages, and Leases.

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Anitesh Govind

Anitesh is a Director of Resolute Lawyers.  He has substantial litigation experience, including civil disputes, criminal law, and family law matters. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court, District Court, and Environment Court, including as lead counsel in trials and appeals. Anitesh has worked at small and large law firms, and local and central government agencies.

Publications he has contributed to include District Court – Civil.

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James Gallagher

James is an experienced general practice lawyer, both in private practice and in-house, in New Zealand and Victoria. James' areas of practice range from public and administrative law, to commercial and property, and privacy and data issues.

Publications he has contributed to include Companies, Trusts, Partnerships, and Practice Management.

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Lenore Brady

Lenore is an associate with Whitcombe Law and enjoys using her knowledge of the law to guide clients through legal processes. It is her compassion and commitment to building trust which ensures that clients feel supported. Lenny is an active member of the Otago Women's Law Society and volunteers at the Dunedin Community Law Centre.

Publications she has contributed to include Wills, Probate, Letters of Administration, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Trusts.

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Joon Yi


Joon is an expert in criminal law, traffic law, tax prosecution and getting clients discharged without conviction. He works in all Court across New Zealand and has appeared in numerous cases from District Court to the Court of Appeal. Joon previously worked as a senior prosecutor for the New Zealand Police, prosecutor for the Inland Revenue, and a lawyer at the Public Defence Service.

Publications he has contributed to include District Court – Criminal, and Traffic Law.

Guy Dawson


A general practice lawyer for 50 years, Guy is also widely experienced in business and the co-founder of By Lawyers Global Publishing. As the original author of many By Lawyers publications, Guy is a widely read legal author in Australia and the United Kingdom and he maintains an active oversight of all By Lawyers publications. Guy’s extensive legal and commercial experience is reflected in the practical, client-oriented focus that is the hallmark of By Lawyers.

Guy has read, written and collaborated on every New Zealand publication.

Danni Larney


Danni developed her management and communications skills in merchant banking and journalism before co-founding By Lawyers Global Publishing. Apart from being a ground-breaking online publisher, she is also a talented legal author. Danni holds a Master of Business Administration as well as her conveyancing licence, and she is a third-year law student. She has also managed a busy legal practice - an experience that drives her desire to make the practice of law more enjoyable.

Danni has contributed to several publications including Wills, Powers, A General Guide, Practice Management, Partnerships, and Practice Management.

Brad Watts

Brad Watts


A NSW solicitor since 1994, Brad completed a corporate management traineeship before more than 20 years in private and government legal practice, including as a partner, director, and consultant. After 10 years as a contributing author, Brad joined By Lawyers full time in January 2018.

As Managing Editor Brad has been involved in all of the NZ publications.

Paul Maher


Paul’s experience working in small law firms helps him to bring a practical focus to his role at By Lawyers. Paul is focussed on the needs of the profession.

Paul has created several very important precedents for use in NZ including Mortgage - Memorandum of common provisions, Uniform contract for Sale and Purchase of business, and the Conveyancing Contract and Explanatory Notes.

Doug Dawson


Before joining the By Lawyers team Doug practiced as a litigation, commercial, and property lawyer. Client focussed and practical.

Doug has contributed to several publications including Companies, Partnerships, Sale and Purchase of Real Property, Mortgage and Family Law.

Sigrid Neumueller


Sigrid is a highly experienced practitioner, particularly in the areas of dispute resolution, financial regulation, banking, and insurance. With a strong focus on communication and plain language drafting, Sigrid ensures that publications are accessible to everyone in a firm.

The publications Sigrid has contributed to include Mortgage, Lease, Sale and Purchase of Business, Family Law, District Court and Powers of Attorney.