Anne commenced her mediation and conflict resolution practice as a Family Dispute Resolution Provider in 2016, contracted to Fairway Resolution Limited, after receiving accreditation through AMINZ in 2015. Anne understands that mediation, through its provision of lasting solutions/answers to conflict between people, is the future of law.
Anne Scott has a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington and practised law for thirteen years, first for a sole practitioner, gaining experience in all areas of law including family law, property law and litigation, then as a property lawyer for Holmden Horrocks and then as a commercial property lawyer for Bell Gully (where she was a Senior Associate).
Whilst working for Bell Gully, Anne was a telephone Lifeline Counsellor for 5 years. She has also run wellness programmes for cancer survivors since 2005, initially through Breast Associates (Auckland) and the Cancer Society of NZ Inc. (Auckland division), and subsequently through her own practice, with an emphasis on breath work, relaxation, meditation, preventing and managing stress, anxiety and sleep issues/insomnia, yoga and lifestyle (nutrition, exercise, work/life balance, time management).
As well as teaching, Anne has designed and delivered stress prevention/management, time management and lifestyle presentations to Telecom NZ sales staff in Auckland. She also co-presented and co-created a Sleep and Anxiety Management Programme for the Cancer Society of NZ Inc. (Auckland division).
Recently Anne has run a Nurturing Retreat for Women and Women Connect gatherings. She currently runs a Family Disputes Clinic at the Pakuranga Citizens Advice Bureau.
With these varied work and life experiences (legal and therapeutic), Anne is well placed to provide effective conflict resolution services.
Legal experience 13 yrs
Therapeutic experience 25 yrs
Family law, property law, including building contracts and retirement homes/villages, financing and subdivisions, sports law, health and wellbeing, wills
LL. B (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington, including Masters Paper in Family Law (thesis on custody of children)
Diploma in Sports Science and Management, UNITEC Institute of Technology (including Communication paper and two psychology papers: Transactional Analysis and Sports Psychology)
Diploma in Yoga Teaching, International Yoga Teachers Association (N.Z.) Inc.
Associate Family Disputes Resolution Provider AMINZ
Legal experience –13 years
Family law - including counsel for child, separation, matrimonial property, custody and access, divorce.
Property law - residential and commercial, including leases, sale and purchase agreements, building contracts, design and build contracts, subdivisions, wills, financing, retirement villages).
Litigation –pleas for minor criminal offences, family.
Therapeutic experience – 25 years
Lifeline counsellor – 5 years
Stress prevention and management consultant – 25 years
Lifestyle consultant and cancer/mental health support – 25 years
Esoteric Healing practitioner, including relationships and communication skills – 9 years
Meditation and group work
Healing & Bodywork Therapies
AMINZ (Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand Inc), International Yoga Teachers Association (N.Z.) Inc., Esoteric Practitioners Association
Past memberships: Auckland District Law Society, Auckland Women’s Lawyers Association, NZ Institute of Management, LEADR (Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution -now Resolution Institute.).
Associate New Zealand Law Society – Associate Family Law Section
Reliable, honest, focussed, responsible, integrity, excellent communication and listening skills, commitment, sensitive, discreet, hard-working, excellent writing skills, non-judgemental, able to handle others' emotions
I have unique skills to offer people experiencing conflict, in that I have both legal experience and therapeutic experience
Ability to relate to people of all cultures, religions, genders, ages and background
Gentle, stillness within.
My love of people, and hence my commitment to serving humanity
My communication skills, built up over many years as a lawyer, stress management/lifestyle consultant, Lifeline counsellor and, more recently, an Esoteric Healing practitioner
My negotiation skills, acquired over thirteen years of practising law, and honed as a tutor/coordinator on yoga teacher training diploma courses
My conflict resolution skills, built up as a lawyer in private practice for thirteen years, as a tutor (for four years), and then coordinator (for a further four years) of four yoga teacher training diploma courses, informally with my family and friends, and as a contractor to provide family dispute resolution to clients of Fairway Resolution Limited (since 2016)
My ability to connect with people of diverse backgrounds, ages, cultures, religions and gender
My understanding of the process of mediation and its importance in the field of law, and in particular my understanding that mediation is first and foremost about obtaining a 'win-win' for all parties, and hence true harmony.