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Inger Blackford


Inger Blackford is a senior family law barrister based in central Auckland, NZ. Inger has more than 26 years' experience in the field of family law and went to the independent bar in 2006. Inger was formerly a Senior Solicitor at Russell McVeagh and an Associate at McVeagh Fleming. Inger has practiced general family law in NZ and Child Care and Youth Justice law Oxford (UK).

Inger is a member of the panel of lawyers approved to undertake work for the Central Authority (Ministry of Justice) in relation to applications under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction & for the International Recovery of Maintenance. Appointed as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers in 2018.

Inger served as a trustee of an anti-truancy trust based in West Auckland, and was a former member of the Care & Protection Resource Panel for the Department of Child Youth and Family. Inger served as Co-Chair of the Family Law & Family Rights Section of LAWASIA and has been a member of their Family Law & Family Rights Committee (NZ representative) since 2005. Inger was a member of the International Family Law Issues Standing Committee for the Family Law Section of the NZLS for more than 3 years and served as convenor for the Committee. Inger is originally from Australia (QLD) but undertook her legal studies in New Zealand. Inger retains strong ties to Australia and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Inger regularly attends and speaks at both domestic and international conferences and has chaired conferences for Lexis Nexis. Inger has attended conferences in Singapore, London, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra and was an invited speaker at LAWASIA's Family Law Conference in Cambodia in 2011 where she presented a paper on Shared Parenting.

Areas of Practice

Inger specialises in all areas of family law including but not limited to;

Professional memberships


Inger's publications and presentations include the following;;

Inger is available to take instructions on a broad range of family law issues and works with a number of firms of solicitors who regularly brief her on matters. Inger's terms and conditions of engagement are available upon request.