My approach

I will help you solve your legal dispute, by: 

  • listening to you 
  • providing practical clear advice and offering workable solutions
  • considering the best and most cost-effective way to resolve the matter
  • using mediation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and court processes to work towards the result you want

I work together with you and your other advisers to get the best outcome. 

From the start, I will talk to you about costs. 

I will try to keep you out of court, but if this is required, I am confident and skilled at representing you in the court room.

My background

I am an experienced family and civil litigator, and have appeared in the Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. I also work collaboratively with my clients using alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation.

Prior to my role as a barrister, I was managing partner of Hollister-Jones Lellman (previously Ronayne Hollister-Jones Lellman). Before this, I was a litigation partner in another leading Tauranga firm. 

I obtained my degree at the University in Auckland and worked at an Auckland law firm before moving to the beautiful Bay of Plenty over 30 years ago. 


As a member of the Family Law Section of the NZ Law Society, I have regularly presented on specialist topics including relationship property, the Hague Convention, childcare and capacity issues.  

I also contributed to the text Assessment of Mental Capacity: a New Zealand guide for Doctors and Lawyers

I am passionate about the Tauranga region and giving back, and about the people I represent.

Giving back

Tauranga Arts Festival Trust, Chair

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network, former Chair

Pillans Point School Board, former Deputy Chair

New Zealand Law Society, member of Family Law section and seminar presenter

Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute, associate member and seminar presenter

Get in touch

I welcome enquiries from new clients and queries from solicitors. As a barrister, I generally work with my clients through an instructing solicitor. If you do not have a solicitor, please contact me and we can discuss next steps.

DDI: 07 928 6207

P: 07 578 1515

E: kathryn@kathrynlellman.nz

PA: sharon@kathrynlellman.nz