Alissa Bell


Albany Office
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Areas of Expertise

Care of Children
Criminal and Traffic Offences
Family Law & Relationship Property
Family Violence
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Separation & Dissolution (Divorce)
Trust and Estate Litigation


Alissa specialises in three areas: Family Law, Mediation, and Criminal and Traffic Matters.

In Family Law, she provides advice and representation for all areas including:

  • Relationship property (protecting assets at the start of a relationship or dividing them at the end)
  • Trust disputes
  • Estate disputes
  • Care of children
  • Protection of personal property rights
  • Domestic violenceAlissa is also a qualified Collaborative Law Practitioner.

As a Mediator, she is an accredited member of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) panel of family law specialists. She is available to mediate any type of family law dispute and is also an approved Family Dispute Resolution (RDR) mediator.

In Criminal and Traffic Matters, she offers advice on what to do at any stage of criminal proceedings, from providing a statement to sentencing and work licenses.

Alissa's approach is to remove stress by providing clear, pragmatic advice based on her experience to get the best outcomes for clients. She gives direct and positive advice and stays up-to-date with legal principles. Clients say she takes prompt action and her advice is clear and thorough. If you want to work with a lawyer who will look to remove your stress by resolving issues, Alissa can help.


Alissa studied at the University of Waikato, regularly attending summer school each year. During her final summer school, she studied at the University of Canterbury. Afterwards, she worked in Christchurch for eight and a half years before joining McVeagh Fleming in 2011.

Main practice areas


LLB/BSocSc, University of Waikato 2003                        
Admitted to the Bar, 2003                        
Qualified Family Specialist Mediator 2012


  • Member of the New Zealand Law Society
  • Member of the New Zealand Law Society Family Law Section
  • Court Appointed Lawyer for Child
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the Collaborative Advocacy New Zealand
  • Accredited Member of the NZLS Panel of Mediators as a Family Specialist
  • Member of Auckland District Law Society
  • Member of the Family Law Committee, Auckland District Law Society
  • Family Dispute Resolution Mediator - Fairway Dispute Resolution
  • Family Dispute Resolution Mediator - Family Dispute Resolution Centre
  • Member of the NZ Institute of Directors
  • Member of the Zonta Club of Auckland
  • Committee Member - Family Court Association, Auckland
  • Presenter - Best Practice in Family Law - "The Do's and Dont's", ADLSi Continuing Professional Development
  • Presenter - Criminal and Family Law Interface: Two Worlds Collide, ADLSi Continuing Professional Development
  • Contributing Author - Legal Practice Manual: Volume Family Law, ADLSi, Chapter: Dissolution of Marriage

Examples of transactions

Examples of how Alissa can help include:

  • Unravelling complex relationship property matters.
  • Helping people get reacquainted with their children.
  • Helping parties reach a mediated agreement to family law issues.
  • Helping families work through arguments regarding a deceased loved one's estate.
  • Helping people wrongly accused clear their names.

Outside interests

Alissa is a true wanderlust, always eager to explore new places both within her home country of New Zealand and abroad. She takes great pleasure in immersing herself in different cultures and experiencing new sights, sounds and flavours. When she's not on the road, Alissa is just as content spending quality time with her friends and family. She makes a point of regularly catching up with loved ones. In addition to her love of travel, Alissa also has a passion for live music and the arts. She can often be found at concerts and festivals, taking in the sights and sounds of her favourite performers. Whether she's exploring the world or simply enjoying the company of those closest to her, Alissa's thirst for new experiences is always at the forefront of her mind.