Collaboration is the hallmark of the practice of Doug Cowan Barristers & Solicitors. We work with our clients to share and develop solutions as a team.

We are sensitive to the needs of the people we work for and work with, and focus on what really matters.

"Our job is to find the ideal outcome for clients. It’s about taking a bigger picture view – what it will cost (personally and financially) and what the results are likely to be. The way we see it, better counsel means you have more choice… and that means a resolution you’re happy with."
Doug CowanDoug Cowan

Doug Cowan

Doug heads Doug Cowan Barristers & Solicitors with a vision to provide clients with exceptional, cost effective and solutions-focused legal services. His collaborative approach is the hallmark of the practice; providing the most effective support for clients.

Jack Rafiei

Jack Rafiei

Associate

Jack graduated with LLB (Hons) in 2011, and has over the years developed his skills and expertise in different areas of the law to include, property, commercial, trusts and asset planning, immigration, and dispute resolution. Jack is passionate about achieving cost effective results for clients.

Angie Burling

Angie Burling

Senior Solicitor

Angie holds three university degrees including Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland gained in 2015. Angie is a general practice lawyer with a special interest in property law, immigration, wills, trusts & estates.  She also has a few years of litigation experience under her belt. She also speaks fluent Tagalog.

Angie values the professional relationship she forms with clients and likes to be a positive influence wherever she can.

As Garcia Law is now incorporated in this firm, Angie is currently serving that client base.

Jose San Diego

Jose San Diego

Senior Solicitor

Jose graduated from the University of Auckland with a BCom/LLB and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand in April 2016. He advises on building and construction issues as well as general civil litigation matters and has experience in dealing with clients’ disputes. Working closely with clients, Jose has a keen interest in seeking the most effective outcomes for them.

Claudia Harnett

Claudia Harnett

Solicitor

Claudia graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in communication studies). Claudia works across a diverse range of matters within the firm’s spectrum, and has a particular interest in employment, unit title and contractual disputes. Claudia also regularly appears for clients in debt collection matters and is dedicated to providing cost-effective outcomes for clients.

Toni Kenyon

Toni Kenyon

Senior Legal Executive

Toni is a Registered Legal Executive who works closely with Angie Burling. Toni obtained her NZLS Legal Executive Diploma in 2010 and she is an Associate member of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. With over 30 years’ experience in the legal profession, she appreciates the variety of work that general practice provides. Toni enjoys assisting Angie to deliver a seamless, professional experience for their clients.

Lea Zhao

Lea Zhao

Legal Executive

Lea has worked as a legal executive in general practice since 2016. She has a special interest in property law, commercial matters, trusts and wills. She enjoys using her legal knowledge and skills to assist new migrants in New Zealand. As a property investor herself, Lea is also experienced in finding practical solutions for her clients who want to climb the property ladder. Lea has a rich overseas experience in China, and in Germany. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of European Studies, Graduate Diploma of Marketing and currently in the second year of her Bachelor of Law alongside work. Lea speaks fluent Mandarin, and German.

Janette Zhong

Janette Zhong

Law Clerk

Janette is currently in her final year of completing her Bachelor of Laws and Commerce conjoint majoring in Economics and Marketing. Whilst working alongside her studies, she is eager to expand her knowledge in all areas of the law and further develop her research skills. Janette speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

Vinish Kumar

Vinish Kumar

Law Clerk

Vinish Kumar is currently in his final year at the University of Auckland studying a Bachelor of Law. Vinish is a fresh face to the world of law and is currently discovering where his interests lie. He has taken a keen interest in civil litigation and dispute resolution through his courses at University and is excited to begin to hone these skills in practice.

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