Vanessa graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2002 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Classics). Vanessa began working as a litigation solicitor for another Christchurch law firm, leaving this position in 2004 to pursue overseas travel and work experience. Vanessa worked for Cambridgeshire County Council, United Kingdom as an in-house solicitor for five and a half years, before taking a career break to start a family. Vanessa joined Saunders Robinson Brown in 2018 and specialises in employment and family law.
- Member of the New Zealand Law Society