Ross Knight LL.B, LL.M (Public Law)
Ross is one of New Zealand’s leading relationship property and trust law specialists.
Ross is retained on complex financial cases involving significant assets, both in New Zealand and internationally. Although retained predominantly as counsel for one or other of the parties to a marriage or de facto relationship breakdown, as part of that process, Ross is frequently dealing with property and valuation issues, not only between couples, but them and their closely held interests in nuptial entities such as family trusts, companies, and partnerships. He appears regularly in the Family Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal.
Ross attended Nelson College and the University of Auckland where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and a Master of Laws in Public Law (LL.M). He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1980 when he began specialising, almost immediately, in family law.
In 1985, Ross became a partner in a medium sized central Auckland firm, before moving to a national partnership in 1993 to lead its family law division. He subsequently went on to establish his own specialist family law practice, Knight and Associates. In 2003, he began practicing as a Barrister Sole from Princes Chambers in Auckland.
Ross is trained and accredited through LEADR, an Australasian Association of Dispute Resolvers, promoting alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.
Professional Memberships and Appointments:
- Trustee, Unitec Trust (1990 -1999)
- Chairperson, Campbell’s Bay Primary School Board of Trustees (1991-1997)
- New Zealand Law Society Cost Revisor (1998 – 2008)
- Commissioner, Waimakoia Special Residential School (1999 – 2001)
- Convenor, Relationship Property, Sub-Committee of the New Zealand Law Society’s Family Law Section (2005 – 2008)
- Limited Statutory Manager, Waimakoia Special Residential School (2001)
- Council Member, Unitec Council (2002 – 2003)
- Member of the New Zealand Bar Association
- Member of Rotary International: Rotary Club of Auckland Inc
- Member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Friends Panel
- Member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Practice on Own Account Assessment Panel
- Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia