Agreeable (formerly CODR) has taken the traditional legal model of hourly rates, unknown expenses and long visits to a law office and flipped it on its head.
In New Zealand, the Property “Relationships” Act 1976 allows couples to “contract out” of the act and define how their assets will be separated if they were to separate (or have separated). Agreeable aims to make the “contracting out” process easy. With Agreeable, you can get a relationship property or separation agreement completed entirely online. We provide a DIY agreement. We provide a fixed-fee quote for two independent lawyers to provide advice and certify your agreement. We provide an online signing platform. In essence, we have stripped away all the niggle and made the process of getting a relationship property or separation agreement easy.
Agreeable was established by Michael Heron QC, former Solicitor-General of New Zealand (second from the left). Michael has unique experience in litigation and has more recently led the digital transformation of the Crown Law Office in New Zealand and is joined by his team Wiremu Te Hiko, Charlotte Agnew-Harington, and Ben Morgan. “The current court process is complex, lengthy and very expensive,” says Mike. “Agreeable provides access to expert justice in a way which is driven by you and your needs.”
Meet the Agreeable team
Kia ora, my name is Mike, and I am the owner of Agreeable. My goal is to provide better access to legal expertise and legal solutions.
Kia ora, my name is Ben and I coordinate all operations and development at Agreeable. I am a 3rd year law student and spend my spare time at the gym and watching movies.
Kia ora, my name is Charlotte and I help with administration and operations for Agreeable. I have a passion for art history and enjoy going to the gym and cooking.
Kia ora, my name is Wiremu and I assist with the day to day operations at Agreeable. Currently a 4th year Law and Commerce student with a passion for travel and sports!
Agreeable uses lawyers from across New Zealand to bring expert help and competitive certification costs to our clients
Britomart Chambers is the base of operations for both the founder of Agreeable, Michael Heron QC and one of our expert lawyers, Erin McGill. All the lawyers at Britomart Chambers pride themselves on taking an innovative approach to the law by exploring better ways of delivering practical solutions to challenges in a modern world. A specialist chambers in Auckland Central, Britomart Chambers is available to help you get results that work for you.
Angela MacKenzie operates out of the Invercargill based firm, Eagles, Eagles & Redpath. Angela is the newest member of the Agreeable team and has been helping us with certifications since early 2021. Angela specializes in all areas of family law and all matters relating to employment disputes including facilitating workshops for employers.
Dr Rhonda Powell
Dr Rhonda Powell has been helping Agreeable with certifications since 2019. In 2003, Rhonda graduated from Otago University with a BA and LLB(Hons). Rhonda then went on to obtain her LLM at the University of Nottingham and DPhil at the University of Oxford. Rhonda is a barrister who specialises in trusts, estates, and relationship property. Rhonda currently operates out of Walker St Chambers, Christchurch.
Erin McGill has been helping Agreeable with certifications since 2019. In 2002, Erin graduated from Otago University with an LLB. Since graduating, Erin has worked as a Crown Prosecutor at Meredith Connell and Senior Solicitor at Russel McVeagh. Erin has been practicing as a barrister since 2014 and currently operates out of Britomart Chambers, Auckland.
Vivian is the principal of Domain Legal. Vivian is another new member of the Agreeable team and has been helping us with certifications since early 2021. Vivian is highly regarded within a number of Chinese communities and is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. Vivian’s practice areas include commercial dealings, investments, immigration, and family law.
Stephanie Pettigrew is a partner at Dunedin-based firm, Marks & Worth. Stephanie has been helping Agreeable with certifications since the inception of the service in 2018. In her regular practice, Stephanie is an expert in complex family, trust, and estate disputes. Stephanie has more than 15 years’ experience as family property lawyer.
Lawyer & Mediator
Anja Klinkert is a partner at Klinkert Law and has been a practicing lawyer for over 20 years. Anja has been helping Agreeable with certifications since the inception of the service in 2018. Anja is a practicing mediator and operates in a broad range of areas, including family, employment, wills, and estates.
Who’s using Agreeable?
"You are all doing an amazing job. Our experience using Agreeable was excellent. You were very timely in your responses with us and happy to explain all situations in full, which made for a pleasurable experience working with you. Also, we both were allocated professional and passionate lawyers, who made us understand the agreement to the best of their ability. Overall, Agreeable made the agreement feel effortless and as though we were in good hands from beginning to end. Thank you for that."
"I hope I never need to use your service again, given the circumstances underlying it, but if I have to do it over again I'd definitely go straight to Agreeable. Very happy with the service and price. Would also recommend it to anyone else in a similar situation.”
"We used Agreeable for our separation agreement. It was so easy, I would totally recommend them. I put them under pressure to finalise quickly and I’m very satisfied with the service I received. Heard back from them promptly with all my questions and it was about $1000 cheaper than going with local lawyers."
Who’s using Agreeable?
"Our experience using Agreeable was excellent. Very timely in your responses with us and happy to explain all situations in full, which made for a pleasurable experience working with you. Also, we both were allocated professional and passionate lawyers, who made us understand the agreement to the best of their ability. Overall, Agreeable made the agreement feel effortless and as though we were in good hands from beginning to end. Thank you."