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Dee Holmes


BSocSc, LLB, LLM (Hons), STEP Affiliate, MInstD


  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Affiliate
  • New Zealand Law Society

Dee assists with private wealth, family and institutional clients.  Her focus is on retirement and estate planning including the Property (Relationships) Act 1976, Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949 and the Family Protection Act 1955.

Dee advises on Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney.  She also acts for executors and trustees (such as professional fiduciary providers), and charitable entities.

Dee has a growing interest in social media law, education law, social enterprise and governance.  Dee combines work as a Solicitor and an Academic, working part time while maintaining her place as a University of Waikato Doctoral Scholar.  Her PhD thesis discusses the future of the Family Protection Act 1955 which can be used by family members to trigger a claim against a deceased person’s estate.

After admission, Dee gained experience in the fiduciary space working for The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited (trading as Perpetual Guardian) from 2012 to 2016.  She then returned to the University of Waikato to complete her Master of Laws with First Class Honours.  Dee then spent two years working at Te Piringa Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato as Research Assistant to the Dean of the Law School and as part of the teaching staff tutoring Administration Law, Corporate Entities, and Equity and Succession.  She has published articles in the New Zealand Law Journal and presented at International Academic Conferences.

Client’s benefit from Dee’s blend of academic knowledge and practical advice.  Academia benefits from her being in private practice.

Dee uses her legal knowledge to give back through her work as Trustee, Honorary Solicitor and Legal Consultant to several Community Groups.