ADLS Council

The Council consists of the President and four other elected members with the three appointed Council members (1 x Appointed Lawyer Councillor and 2 x Appointed non-lawyer Councillors).

As of 14 March 2017 the following are the members of the Council.

Joanna Pidgeon Small  

Joanna Pidgeon (President)

Joanna is the Principal at Pidgeon Law. Joanna specialises in property law. She is also a trustee of the Auckland City Mission.

Phone 09 337 0826 | Email

Marie Dyhrberg Small  

Marie Dyhrberg QC (Vice President)

Marie Dyhrberg QC is a senior barrister specialising in criminal law and appears regularly at the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in New Zealand. She also appears with clients before the Parole Board. Her experience and expertise were recognised in her appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

Phone 09 360 4550 | Email

Tony Bouchier Small  

Tony Bouchier

Tony is a Barrister sole, having been admitted to the Bar in 1997. He holds an MBA and LLb from the University of Auckland. He is a company director and has held many voluntary offices, most recently President of the Criminal Bar Association NZ for a term of 4 years, and currently Chair of the Te Rangimarie Charitable Trust. 

Phone 09 623 1772 | Email

Vikki Braqnnagan Small  

Vikki Brannagan

Vikki Brannagan is an experienced CEO, company director and governance professional. Currently running her own strategic management consultancy company, she has broad governance and leadership experience across a wide variety of industries in the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.


Craig Fisher  

Craig Fisher

Craig is an Audit Partner, and Chairman of the RSM New Zealand group with over 20 years of public accountancy experience. He provides external audit, assurance, and risk management and governance advice across a diverse range of sectors. Craig has a significant interest and recognised expertise in not-for-profit and charitable organisations.

Phone 09 367 1654 | Email 

Tony Herring  

Tony Herring

Tony is a Partner at Mortlock McCormack Law in Christchurch practicing in the areas of Commercial and Property Law, with an emphasis on Commercial Leasing and Employment. He acts for a number of Crown clients as a member of the All of Government Property Law Panel and is a Notary Public for the South Island.

Phone 03 377 2900 | Email

Stephanie Nicholson Small  

Stephanie Nicolson

Stephanie is an experienced senior litigator at Lowndes Jordan whose main area of practice is commercial litigation. She was admitted to the Bar in 2003 and holds bachelors degrees in law and science. She specialises in civil litigation, primarily in the context of commercial and contract law.

Phone 09 309 2500 | Email

Mary Anne Shanahan Small  

Mary Anne Shanahan

Mary Anne is a sole practitioner who has worked for three decades serving the community of West Auckland. She is a member of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and a trustee of Odyssey House Trust. 

Phone 09 827 2783 | Email

Bernard Smith Small  

Bernard Smith

Mr Smith is Special Counsel at Dawson Harford & Partners and has had a long involvement with ADLS. He has extensive experience in the areas of corporate finance and commercial law. He has over 25 years’ experience advising both lenders and borrowers on domestic and international lending transactions, including project funding and acquisitions.

Phone 09 355 0088 | Email