Robyn Mathews - Lawyer

Robyn Mathews

Robyn Mathews - Director

Specialist Areas

  • Mental Health Court appointments

  • Court appointments as Lawyer for Subject Person and Lawyer for Child

  • Family Court cases

  • Elder Law

  • Estate Disputes and Enduring Powers of Attorney

  • Wills and Succession Planning



  • BA (Hons) in Political Science (Victoria University of Wellington)

  • BD and LLB (University of Otago)


About Robyn

Robyn grew up on a dairy farm in the Manawatu. She began studying law at Victoria University in Wellington and completed her law degree at the University of Otago. She also gained degrees in Political Science and Divinity. Robyn has experience working for government and community organisations. She was admitted to the bar in 1986 and began practising law. Robyn has been a lawyer in Whangarei for 30 years. She initially worked for a Whangarei firm and then became a sole practitioner in 1994. In addition to family law, Robyn also worked in criminal law for 17 years. Robyn enjoys family court work, as well as elder law: particularly in relation to applications under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her three children and three grandchildren. She is also involved with her church. If Robyn wasn’t a lawyer, she’d be a librarian as she’s always been mad on books.


Robyn’s approach with clients

Robyn doesn’t have much patience for lawyers who use legal mumbo jumbo to try and impress their clients. She treats her clients as she would like to be treated if the roles were reversed. Robyn’s motivation in becoming a lawyer was so she could do her best to ensure people are treated justly and fairly.


Affiliations/Community Involvement (past and present)

  • La Leche League

  • Parent Centre

  • Birthright New Zealand

  • Whangarei Girls High School Board of Trustees

  • Kamo Home Board of Trustees

  • 155 Community Trust