Our team of friendly lawyers, solicitors, barristers & conveyancing specialists work from our two offices in Manurewa (Manukau) & Botany Junction.

The Way We Work

Swayne McDonald has a staff of 4 lawyers and 3 registered legal executives, each with an interest, wide experience and detailed knowledge in their own particular ‘area’ of law. Legal services provided cover residential and commercial conveyancing, small business/commercial, family trusts, property law, Wills, deceased estate administration, together with a wide range of other general legal matters.

Our view is that the services we provide to clients directly should be only those services which we can provide efficiently and cost-effectively. If a client requires a legal services in an area of law we do not have a sufficient level of expertise in then such work is briefed to those whom we believe are best able to achieve the result our client desires. We do not pretend to be a full service legal firm, however, we do believe that through our informal network of associations and knowledge of the legal profession we can directly, or indirectly, obtain the optimum result for our clients.

We pride ourselves on providing, to a wide range of private and business clients, personal, efficient and friendly service combining sound legal knowledge with extensive practical experience. The former Pakuranga legal practices of Michael Howcroft and Patricia Bentinck-Stokes have been incorporated into Swayne McDonald.

Our Team of Lawyers, Solicitors, Barristers & Conveyancing Specialists

Richard Watling Lawyer SM Law

Richard Watling

Richard is a Director and motivated client-driven Lawyer.  His focus is on assisting clients in relation...
Devon McDonald - Lawyer | Principal | Family Law | Conveyancing Law | Commercial Law

Devon McDonald


Devon McDonald is a consultant for Swayne McDonald. Devon holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from University...


Mike Goodwin - Property & Commercial Lawyer - Property Law | Conyevancing | Commercial Law | Lawyer

Mike Goodwin

General Practice Lawyer
Mike Goodwin is a general practice lawyer with more than 40 years of legal practice experience – much of which...

Joy Hadley

Registered Legal Executive – Residential Property

Joy Hadley is a highly experienced and Senior Registered Legal Executive – having been employed in “the law” since 1976,...


Tony Tang Lawyer SM Law

Tony Tang


Tony is an newly admitted Lawyer, admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Tony is fluent in mandarin  ...