Amy Chesnutt


(09) 620 6240

Ngāti Raukawa

Amy has extensive litigation experience, representing clients in the Family, District and High Courts of New Zealand and the Magistrates Court of Queensland, District Court of Queensland, Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia.

Amy was admitted to the bar in 2007 and commenced practising law at Tamatekapua Law with Kelly Dixon and Prue Kapua; before moving to general practice, with a particular focus on Family and Civil law. 

In 2012, Amy relocated to Australia where she specialised in the areas of Family and Relationship Property Law.  Prior to returning to New Zealand to join Dixon & Co Lawyers, Amy was contracted to manage and build the establishment of a boutique Family Law practice in Brisbane.

Amy has extensive litigation experience, representing clients in the Family, District and High Courts of New Zealand and the Magistrates Court of Queensland, District Court of Queensland, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and Family Court of Australia (now called the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia).  Amy is particularly interested in Relationship Property matters, including drafting Contracting Out Agreements and litigating complex and high net value matters.

Amy is a member of the Family Law Sections of the New Zealand Law Society and the Law Council of Australia.  She is also admitted as a Solicitor in Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

Amy is an active member of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (the Māori Law Society) and is a member of Te Kōmiti Ture-ā-Whānau, the society’s family law committee. Amy is also a co-opted member on the executive of the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society and shares this role with firm Senior Associate, Alisha Castle

Outside of work, Amy is a trustee on her Marae Reservation Trust and student in the Te Pōkaitahi Reo programme at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.  

What Clients Say

Amy is an outstanding person to have represent you. You couldn’t ask for better. Not only is she intelligent and well versed with the law she is an excellent guide through some of the more emotional moments that undoubtedly arise during family break ups. She gives you the advice you need not always the advice you want. She keeps you focused. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.

Family Law Client

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Services Provided

Relationship Property

We draft and advise on Contracting Out Agreements if you are considering entering a de facto relationship, getting married, entering a civil union or want to protect your assets. In the event of separation or divorce, we help with Separation and Relationship Property Agreements, spousal and child maintenance and court proceedings.

Family Law

We assist with any aspects relating to children, including childcare and parenting arrangements, relocation, guardianship, and adoption. We advise on child support, care of children, and provide support with Family Dispute Resolution. We also assist in domestic violence cases and can help you obtain protection orders to protect you and your children.

Estate Planning

Planning for the future may include preparing a Will, Powers of Attorney, and restructuring your asset ownership. When a loved one dies, you may need to apply to administer their estate, or may need representation in relation to the same.


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