Bachelor of Law Degree 1967
Admitted as barrister and solicitor of High Court 1967
Acc.M.LEADR (Accredited member of panel of mediators of LEADR) (Association of Dispute Resolvers) May 2003; Accredited 2014 by LEADR for Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Accredited_BC_Colour
Member of Mediators Panel of AMINZ (Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand)     October 2012; Accredited 2014 by AMINZ for Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)


Career Summary


  • 1967 – Obtained Bachelor of Law degree Auckland University; Admitted as a barrister and solicitor the same year;
  • 1967-1968 – Employed as litigation lawyer by (now) Kensington Swan;
  • 1968-1970 – Practised law in London;
  • 1971-1988 – Litigation lawyer and then litigation partner in Kensington Swan; developed prominent role in practice management;
  • 1989 – Commenced own legal practice as a general practitioner in firm now known as O’Brien Ward;
  • 1989-2013 – Engaged in the broad range of work of a busy general legal practice. See work experience;
  • 2003 – Appointed to LEADR panel of mediators. See mediation practice history;
  • 2012 – Appointed to the AMINZ mediators’ panel;
  • 2006-2013 – Chairman of the Board of de Paul House at Northcote, Auckland.
  • 2014 – Accredited for FDR (Family Dispute Resolution) by LEADR and AMINZ.