Jeremy Sutton is one of the most senior divorce and family lawyers in New Zealand. He is highly-respected in the profession and his opinions are often sought by the media. Jeremy has over two decades experience representing clients in Court and has worked on a number of significant cases.
Jeremy acted for Mr Smith and successfully defended a Hague Convention application lodged by the central authority having returned from Spain to live in New Zealand with his two children.
The case involved three defended hearings over a period of over two years. Two of those cases were heard in the Family Court and the third one in the High Court. It is rare to be successful in defending an application for children to be returned under The Hague Convention.
Jeremy left no stone unturned and his strong advocacy and direction contributed to a successful result for his client.
Constructive Trust cases are difficult because the law is uncertain as to the amount a Court will award a claimant where the family home is in a family Trust and that Trust was set up before the relationship started. To establish a successful Constructive Trust claim, normally considerable skills in forensic ability including discovery are required to obtain a good result for your client. These types of cases often end up going through the Courts or a lengthy negotiated settlement.
Jeremy continues to act for a number of claimants and respondents in such a situation. Jeremy has successfully obtained significant compensation for clients where the family home is owned by a family Trust before the relationship has commenced. Jeremy has also achieved practical outcomes for clients in some cases to avoid lengthy Court battles.
Some of these cases are completed and others are still going through the various Courts.
This was a Family Court hearing on whether to set aside a Relationship Property Agreement between the parties. The issues involved whether there was serious injustice in the Agreement but more particularly since that Agreement was made. This is a challenging area of the law.
Jeremy fought tenaciously to uphold the Agreement and the circumstances around it for his client.
This is a civil case under the Bill of Rights Act. It was one of the first cases under Section 9 of the Bill of Rights Act where Mr Vaihu who was alleging excess force by the police in respect of a police dog.
The case spanned five years over five Courts ending up in the Supreme Court.
This was a three-week hearing under the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act. The particular issue was dealing with the relationship between the criminal and family law in relation to disclosure and also how evidence was to be presented. The psychologist had sought to introduce evidence from the criminal trial that she had obtained.
Jeremy was successful in challenging the way the senior specialist report writer presented their evidence including the cross-examination of that evidence.
This resulted in significant evidence being excluded to help change the focus of the case. Jeremy has developed a specialty in the interaction between family and other areas of the law, including the criminal, family and the cross-over with the other areas of the law.
My husband and I recently used Jeremy to help with a custody issue from a previous relationship. Jeremy was great to work with, highly skilled and professional, and achieved our desired outcome. Communication was great, especially as we live overseas and had a difficult time difference to work around. Jeremy and his team were fantastic and we highly recommend.
Having a complicated relationship come to an end, I had initially used another law company to undertake my settlement. Unfortunately, this company let me down on many aspects. After spending a considerable amount of money and almost 12 months of back and forth litigation, I had gotten nowhere close to a resolution. I found Jeremy Sutton online and did my due diligence. After engaging with him, I felt much more confident that a solution could be met promptly. Communication was great, and I knew where we were at every stage of the matter. Unlike the first company I used, Jeremy was easily reachable and gave me the clear options I had available. His focus was more on a settlement than litigation, which is what I wanted.
A settlement was reached and I was able to move on with life. Overall a great experience on something that is far from a pleasant situation. I highly recommend using Jeremy Sutton.
Jeremy is an experienced ‘down to earth’ lawyer. He has empathy to your situation and understands your wants and needs. He gives good solid advice with no BS. He drills right down to the issues that mater most. He is easily contactable and always has the end result in sight, even in some cases it can take months to achieve.
Jeremy Sutton is both bright and sympathetic – in other words he gets what is needed and is mindful of the clients needs and considerations. He is a pleasure to work with – his approach is refreshingly quick, positive, and the advice clear and helpful – if only all professionals were like that !
I had the pleasure of interviewing him on the radio and he was impressively open, fast with his ideas and incredibly helpful – any using his professional skills will be blessed with the association – he brings confidence to an otherwise “difficult time!”
Jeremy and his team have been wonderful, professional and always available to answer any queries. Jeremy is trustworthy, caring and very knowledgeable; no doubt the best in his field! His approach is always honest, clear and in your best interest. Highly recommend Jeremy and his lovely team.
I am going through the legalities of separation now. Some of the process has been tricky and has been made longer by the actions of the other party. I feel totally supported working with Jeremy. Jeremy assesses people and situations skillfully, providing expert knowledge and advice in a straightforward way.
I found Jeremy Sutton excellent to work with to support and conclude a complicated separation process I had been working through. Jeremy provided pragmatic and informed advice, was very proactive and always available. Jeremy explained options very carefully and for me a lot of the stress associated with the wider separation was removed knowing I had such good support. Jeremy was respectful of the wider context throughout. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jeremy’s services.
A partner of 17yrs decided to end our relationship wanting 50% of assets accumulated by my late wife and I over a period of 30 years married, mainly our family free hold home.
Jeremy and his team were able to get a more realistic settlement with in the terms of the law, saving the family home and other valuable assets.
The relationship law can be extremely unfair and is in need of urgent review.
I am a professional colleague of Jeremy and have talked to him on a number of occasions about family law issues. I have found him knowledgeable and helpful in sharing his experience. From reading his publications I would have no hesitation about recommending him for family law advice
Jeremy Sutton is wonderful to work with, he is not only an incredibly competent, sharp and helpful individual but he has the ability to really see the person before him. I have had only positive experiences with him.
As a lawyer, I’ve worked with Jeremy on relationship property matters and have always appreciated his pragmatic and honest approach to advising clients, based on his considerable experience. And even when we don’t have matters together, being able to pick up the phone and sound out a problem with Jeremy has been invaluable.