Yvanca Clarisse


I am a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer and provide advice on a broad range of disputes, providing practical and pragmatic advice to help clients achieve their best outcome. 

My main areas of practice are family law, general civil disputes, judicial review, and criminal liability. I have particular expertise in the interface between immigration law and criminal liability and regularly advise clients on how to navigate the Court process successfully in this area. 

My family law practice includes advising on protection order and childcare arrangements, pre- and post-relationship issues, including contracting out and separation agreements, and trust and estate disputes. 

I have regularly appeared in the Family Court, District Court, and High Court on a range of matters. I started my career as a Judge’s Clerk in the High Court. Prior to joining Duncan Cotterill, I worked as a Crown Prosecutor, appearing and advising on all aspects of the criminal justice process, and as a Civil Litigation Lawyer at another Nelson based firm, extending my practise in the civil jurisdiction including all matters relating to Family Law.