Richard Stone, Souness Stone Lawyers


Richard has extensive litigation experience. He has appeared many times in the Court of Appeal High Court and District Court (both in the summary and trial jurisdiction). Richard has developed a practice in property (particularly relationship property) and estate dispute resolution. He enjoys looking for creative solutions to client’s problems and disputes.

He has a particular interest in protection of the vulnerable. He is regularly appointed by the Family Court as Lawyer for the children, Lawyer to Assist the Court, Lawyer for the Subject Person (PPPR Act) and Youth Advocate.

Richard is the Hawke’s Bay District Inspector of Mental Health Services and a trustee of the Maraetotara Tree Trust.  He is the chairman of the Hawkes Bay Branch of the New Zealand Law Society and a member of the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society.