About MWIS

At Marsden Woods Inskip Smith, we’re passionate about serving Northland and its people. MWIS lawyers have been providing sound legal advice to Northlanders since 1922, going above and beyond to deliver the best outcomes for you, your family and your business. Our lawyers are hand-picked for their expertise, but also for their close ties to Northland, so you can be sure of consistently excellent service from a legal team as committed to being here as you are.

How we help

Working with our team, you’ll benefit from an impressive depth and breadth of experience across legal services for businesses, individuals and Māori.

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Civil Litigation

Our civil litigation lawyers have an exceptional track record in dispute resolution, including court proceedings within the High Court, District Court and various tribunals.

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Commercial Law

Getting the right legal advice is critical to the success of your business. Our commercial law team are renowned in Northland for their formidable expertise in this area.

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Property Law

With the increasing value of property in New Zealand and the growing complexity of property law, it pays to have expert property law advice and support to protect your interests.

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Employment Law

Acting for both employers and employees, we offer solution-based advice based on our extensive knowledge of employment law, to help resolve workplace issues.

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Family Law

Before you make decisions about your future, let our family law team guide you towards a successful resolution, with compassionate advice based on a thorough understanding of your rights.

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Trusts & Estates

Our trust and estate law team provide sound advice to help you order your affairs and protect your assets, ensuring the ones you choose benefit during your lifetime and after your death.

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Māori Law

Providing expert advice and advocacy specifically for Māori, we ensure our clients - whether individuals or iwi - are well equipped to develop and protect their assets, land and people.

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Crown Law

MWIS has held the office of the Crown Solicitor for Northland since 1971. Our Crown Law team prosecute a wide range of criminal offending in both the High and District Courts.

Our team

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Partner

Andrew Golightly

LL.B, B.Com, Notary Public

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Partner

Michael Smith

LL.B (Hons)

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Partner

Bernadette O’Connor

B.A. LL.B

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Danny Tuato’o

LL.B, BA (Hons), MA

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Partner

Richard Annandale

B.A, LL.B ( Hons)

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Consultant

Layne Herbert

LL.B

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Associate

Juliet Golightly

LL.B (Hons), FAMINZ (Arb)

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Associate

Sarah Anderson

NZILE

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Solicitor

Tangiwai Baker

MSc (DI), LL.B

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Solicitor

David Reeves

LL.B, B.A.

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Solicitor

Lina Khan

LL.B, BSocSC

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Legal Executive

Tina Herman

NZILE

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Legal Executive

Maree Kelly

NZILE

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Legal Executive

Irene Coleman

NZILE

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Legal Executive

Leah Nugent-Griffin

BA

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Solicitor

Kyle Macneil

LL.B

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Trelise Needham

LLB, BA

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Jenna Johnson-Aufa’i

LL.B

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Solicitor

Connor Taylor

LL.B

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Solicitor

Siobhan Patia

LL.B. BA

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Business Manager

Secha Alach

BBus

What our clients say about us

“I would like to express my family's sincere appreciation for the way in which Tina Herman made the settlement of my mother's estate and her wishes such a smooth journey. Right from our first meeting - the day after mum's funeral - Tina related to us in a thoughtful, caring and professional manner. Tina communicated well, giving specific, clear instructions and replying promptly to our questions and concerns. She graciously led us through the necessary legal procedures during a time when we were all grieving for our mother. Thank you Tina. ”

Linda Downey

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