Carolyn Ranson

Carolyn RansonMid
Senior Associate
LLB (Hons) Dip. Bus.
Phone: +64 9 837 6891


Auckland Employment Law Suzanne Sumner

Phone: +64 9 837 6840

An experienced employment, estate litigation and elder law lawyer, Carolyn completed her law degree at City University, London in 1996.  She was in house legal counsel for a large retirement village operator, before entering private practice at a city law firm.

Carolyn joined Smith and Partners in 2011 and brings a depth of experience and knowledge to the team as a senior solicitor specialising in estate and employment litigation.

Carolyn acts in litigation matters arising from Estates and Wills including Will interpretation and initiating and defending family protection, testamentary promises, testamentary incapacity and undue influence claims.  She also manages the estates administration team at Smith and Partners.

In conjunction with this, Carolyn has an in depth knowledge of employment law and acts for both employees and employers.  Her practice encompasses the whole process from reviewing and drafting employment agreements to negotiating over disputes and attending mediations and appearing at Employment Relation Authority hearings and at the Employment Court. This area includes redundancies, restructuring, conduct and performance issues and personal grievances arising from these issues.

As well as a flourishing litigation practice, Carolyn has extensive experience as a general practitioner for private clients which includes property law and conveyancing, trust law, estate planning and Wills, with specialist knowledge and interest in retirement villages and elder law.  

Like Smith and Partners, Carolyn believes that community responsibility is an important aspect of modern life.   She regularly volunteers at the Citizens Advice Bureau at Henderson and Massey, and is honorary solicitor for the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.  Carolyn is also a member of the Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association.