Principal Areas of Practice
- Business and Commercial Law
- Subdivisions and Developments
- Complex Property Transactions
- Family Trusts and Estate Planning
- Relationship Property and Family Law
- Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Gerard has a wide skill base encompassing business, commercial, property, family law and mediation.
Gerard has a wealth of experience in all aspects of commercial and property law and has the intellect to resolve complex problems.
Gerard is also an experienced family lawyer acting particularly in relationship disputes and resolving relationship property disputes. He is regularly appointed by the Family Court as mediator to resolve Family Court disputes and as an independent lawyer for children and incapacitated persons. He is an Associate of the Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand and is on the AMINZ list of recommended Family Dispute Resolution mediators.
He is an author of Partnerships and Joint Ventures for Thomson Reuters (Brookers), a leading resource for NZ lawyers.
He also lectures Business Law at the School of Business, Otago University.
Gerard is a former nationally ranked squash player, former Chairman of NZ Squash and former Chairman of the World Squash Federation.
Gerard is a Director of NZ Law Limited, NZ's leading association of independent legal practices of which Downie Stewart is a member.
He has been involved with many community organisations over the years. He is a recent Past President of the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Law Society.
Gerard is married with two young adult daughters. He enjoys all sports and plays soccer for Roslyn Wakari Masters and is a member of St Clair Golf Club and the Otago Squash Club.
Phone 03 477 2263
Mobile 021 242 8666