Lisa McKeown

Special Counsel

Lisa is an experienced litigator, specialising in trust and estate claims, relationship property and family matters.

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She is regularly engaged to advise those going through difficult times –recently separated or in dispute with family members. Lisa is often called upon to provide advice to other lawyers in complex trust and estate matters.

Lisa has broad litigation experience and expertise. She also acts in professional disciplinary and negligence matters, and other civil/commercial disputes (including franchise and property disputes).

Lisa appears regularly in the Courts but also resolves disputes out of Court. She provides practical advice and enjoys working with clients to achieve the best outcome for them, whether it be by negotiation, mediation, or at Court.

Recent highlights

  • Settling claims brought by family members against estates; achieving greater provision for clients than they otherwise stood to receive.

  • Providing advice to trustees and executors regarding their duties and compliance with them, to minimise the risk of adverse claims, and defending trustees facing breach of trust allegations.

  • Representing beneficiaries in trust disputes (including where trustees have breached their duties to the beneficiaries or refused to disclose Trust information).

  • Acting for lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers in professional disciplinary complaints and negligence claims.

  • Regularly appearing in the Family Court, District Court and High Court, and at mediations.


Insurance law insights featured in GILC Risk Radar report 2024

24 May 2024

Limitation of liability clauses upheld by the High Court

18 April 2024

Chambers and Partners - Insurance & Reinsurance 2024 New Zealand chapter

23 February 2024

We're driven by our values

They drive our client relationships and connections with our community, and underpin our achievements.

He tāngata

  • Honorary Solicitor, Friends of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Inc. 

  • Lisa speaks at conferences and to professional groups, providing practical and pragmatic advice to help professionals meet their obligations. 



  • NZILA.

  • Wellington Women Lawyers Association.

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