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Julie McClain

Lawyer, Collaborative Professional, Certified Divorce Coach and Certified Transition & Recovery Coach


Julie's upbringing in Scotland shaped her, but her move to our shores has been Scotland's loss and our gain.  Known for her warmth and sociability, Julie effortlessly forges connections with others. Her character embodies honesty, independence, and straightforward communication, which she brings to her work with clients, blending candour, compassion, and humour.

Professionally, Julie takes immense pride in guiding her clients toward successful outcomes, witnessing their resilience amid life's challenges. On a personal level, Julie has navigated her own separation and divorce, prioritising her son's well-being. This first-hand experience fuels her dedication to helping others achieve similar positive resolutions.

Drawing from her training as a Collaborative lawyer and certified Divorce Coach, Julie advocates for cooperation in resolving family conflicts, emphasising open dialogue and mutually beneficial solutions over traditional litigation. Recognising the individuality of each family's dynamics, Julie customises legal strategies to meet specific needs, ensuring that solutions align with family objectives and foster stable co-parenting relationships.

Julie proactively encourages early intervention to address conflicts promptly, thereby preventing escalation and reducing the need for adversarial legal proceedings. Understanding the emotional toll of family disputes, Julie provides comprehensive support, connecting clients with a network of collaborative professionals to navigate both the legal and emotional complexities involved.

Julie has a particular interest in the following areas of law:

  • Parenting issues

  • Relationship Property Agreements/Property Sharing Agreements

  • Contracting Out Agreements/Pre-Nuptial Agreements

  • Wills & Enduring Powers of Attorney

  • Residential Conveyancing

  • Light Commercial transactions & leases

  • Property and Welfare Guardian issues.


Julie also generously volunteers her time to facilitate community access to legal guidance having set up dedicated Family Law clinics at the Queenstown Citizens Advice Bureau. Additionally, she volunteers time as the current Chair of Collaborative Resolution New Zealand and as a member of the Australasian Taskforce of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals furthering her commitment to promoting amicable solutions.

When she isn’t busy with her professional and voluntary commitments or running around with her son, Julie will be found fulfilling her sense of adventure with overseas travels or on the ski slopes (she’s a qualified ski instructor!), enjoying a coffee (instant please!) while reading a book, or improving her golf game. 


In the domain of family law, Julie epitomises the notion that legal solutions can be reached through collaboration, understanding, and a steadfast commitment to the welfare of the family unit.

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