FIONNA C AITCHISON REID
LLB BBSC, DIRECTOR
Fionna is a building and construction lawyer, working since 2002 as a construction lawyer for subcontractors, trade contractors and developers and working as a building lawyer for homeowners. Fionna is our director and principal solicitor at Aitchison Reid Building and Construction Lawyers.
For homeowners, Fionna combines an empathy and understanding of a homeowner’s position, with a technical understanding of the domestic building legislation and QBCC Statutory Home Warranty Insurance.
Passionate about security of payment and a vocal advocate for the rights of subbies and tradies to get paid, Fionna understands how to make business processes, contracts and legislation work for our clients.
Our practice provides dispute advice and litigation services, however Fionna is focussed on helping clients to protect themselves before disputes and payment issues occur, so that their chances of success are increased. Having a strong litigation background is invaluable to Fionna's work and leadership in the front end part of our practice which specialises in contract drafting, contract review and advice.
Very much a part of the building and construction industry from the beginning, Fionna is the first person to complete co-joint Building Science and Law degrees in New Zealand, is the co-founder of Women in Building and Construction group established in 2015 and is a NAWIC (QLD) award winner for 2016. Find out more about Fionna's background in an article published by her Law School in October 2019.
Fionna is one of four eminent professionals appointed by Minister Mick de Brenni to serve on the Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel. The Panel is tasked to assess and evaluate the implementation of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017.
Having been brought up in a family surrounded by construction due to her parents being Wellington-based developers, the building and construction industry has been a part of Fionna's life from the beginning.
Outside the legal profession, Fionna has a variety of personal and business interests including art and painting, is a mum to two children who she loves to bits and enjoys hanging out with and is married to Riley.
LLB BA (JOURN), SENIOR ASSOCIATE
As a backend and frontend solicitor Ruth has worked for law firms, non-profits, government and private companies. Ruth joined our practice in early 2018.
Ruth brings an abundance of value and legal experience to Aitchison Reid and our clients, including from her role as the Adjudication Registrar for our state industry regulator, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
Outside the legal profession, a core part of Ruth's passion is animals and their well-being, which includes Ruth's innovative animal naturopathy business Sahaja Animal Healing.
JD (HON) B.BUS, SOLICITOR
Courtney graduated from Law in 2011 and joined our practice as a graduate law clerk in early 2017.
Courtney became a practising solicitor in February 2018 and continues her great work for our clients and our firm in our Contracts Team focussed on pre-contract reviews for our developer, subcontractor, trade contractor and homeowner clients.
Before joining Aitchison Reid, Courtney worked as a contracts administrator and as an assistant quantity surveyor for Laing O'Rourke. Courtney's direct onsite understanding of the world of commercial building is an extremely valuable contribution not only to our team at Aitchison Reid but also to our clients.
Outside the legal profession, Courtney is a mum with a young growing family and worked as director in her exciting and innovative maternity foods-focussed business, Thyme to Nurture.
LLB MBA, SOLICITOR
Mark graduated in Law and joined our practice in early 2018.
Mark's legal work covers dispute and pre-contract advice for our subcontractor, trade contractor and homeowner clients.
Before joining Aitchison Reid, Mark's career spanned several decades working as an information technology professional.
Outside the legal profession, Mark's a keen cyclist, an avid reader (including the latest common law cases) and is married to Gyl.
Rhianna joined our practice in March 2018, bringing into our team her pleasant, positive "can-do" personality and commitment to high quality client care.
Outside the law practice, Rhianna has a passion for people and creativity, expressed through her photography interests, her community volunteering work and her active local youth group.
RILEY T REID
MBA BA, PRACTICE MANAGER
Riley is co-owner (with Fionna) and manager of our practice, with focus areas on risk management, information systems and security. Riley has Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Outside the law practice, Riley has a variety of personal and business interests, loves helicopters, is a dad to two children who he thinks are choice as and is married to Fionna.