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 6 lawyers and 2 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, all aspects of family law, matrimonial and relationship property agreements/settlements, immigration, 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

Devon McDonald - Laywer | Principal | Family Law | Conveyancing Law | Commercial Law

Devon McDonald


Devon McDonald is the principal of Swayne McDonald. Devon holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from University…


Varun Shandil - Associate | Commercial and Property Lawyer | Lawyers South Auckland

Varun Shandil

Associate | Commercial & Property Lawyer

Varun was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 2001 after studying law at the University of Waikato….


Neil Horne - Property - Trusts and Estates Lawyer

Neil Horne

Property: Trusts and Estates Lawyer

Neil Horne holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Otago….


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…
Kathryn Foliaki | Lawyer

Kathryn Foliaki

General Practice Lawyer

Kathryn Foliaki is an experienced legal practitioner whose areas of practice include property, wills, powers of attorney…


Joy Hadley - Registered Legal Executive – Residential Property | Conveyancing | Property Law

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,…


Donna Jensen - Registered Legal Executice - Residential Property - Conveyancing | Buying a House | Selling a House | Subdividing

Donna Jensen

Registered Legal Executive – Residential

Donna Jensen is an experienced Registered Legal Executive based at our Botany Junction office. Donna commenced…