Jennifer Wademan Barrister

Jennifer Wademan


Jennifer is an experienced litigator and family law expert with an extensive international family law practice. Over the course of her career she has successfully litigated cases on novel issues in international surrogacy and inter country adoption, advised clients and counsel around the world on conflicts of laws issues and appeared in Courts at various levels throughout New Zealand.

Jennifer began her career as the Judges’ Clerk to the Principal Family Court Judge, before advising the New Zealand Government in anticipation of its United Nations examination on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

For more than a decade now she has been a practising family lawyer, and has successfully led cases in all areas of family law from international relocations, surrogacies and adoptions, to complex relationship property and estate cases spanning multiple Courts.    Her skill and experience is recognised by the Court such that she is regularly appointed as Lawyer for Child.

No matter what the legal issue at hand, she brings an empathetic and solutions focused approach to her clients, ensuring their peace of mind at all stages of the process and confidence in the outcomes achieved.

Areas of practice: family law, international law, conflicts of laws, administrative, trust and estate litigation

Qualifications and appointments

LLB, BCom (International Business), University of Otago, 2006
MIntSt (Distinction), University of Otago, 2008
Graduate, Hague Academy of International Law, Private International Law and Directed Studies Programme, 2010
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2009

Awards, publications, and professional activities

AFCC President’s Scholarship, 2015
Presenter, ConfereNZ New Zealand Medico-Legal Conference 2018, the 6th World Congress on Family Law, NZLS Family Law Conference, and the NZLS Conference on International Surrogacy
Published author in national and international law journals (full list available on request)
Member, Family Law Section, New Zealand Law Society
Member, Family Law Committee, Wellington Branch, New Zealand Law Society
Member, New Zealand Bar Association | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture