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."
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Doug Cowan

Doug heads Doug Cowan Barristers & Solicitors with a vision to provide clients with exceptional, 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, property relationship matters, immigration, and dispute resolution. Jack is passionate about achieving 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.

Nigel Stone

Nigel Stone

Associate

Nigel is a litigator with experience in New Zealand originally as a Crown Prosecutor and then in civil litigation, including at one of New Zealand’s largest law firms. After practising law in the Cayman Islands where, amongst other things, he worked on two multi-billion US dollar cases, he returned to New Zealand in 2021.  Nigel has four university degrees including from the University of Cambridge and has written various peer-reviewed published articles.  

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 effective results for those chasing debts. Claudia has the ability to quickly adapt and contribute to any litigation support role she may find herself in, within the firm and with external counsel and is sought after on commercial disputes because of her intelligent efficiency.

 

Oliver Sweeney

Oliver Sweeney

Solicitor

Oliver graduated with a LLB in 2014 and has worked in the Auckland area since then. He has expertise in property, wills, trusts, asset planning, company/commercial, relationship property and dispute resolution. Oliver enjoys using his legal knowledge and previous commercial experience to form professional relationships with clients and help them achieve their goals.

Dean Larsen

Dean Larsen

Consultant

Dean commenced his legal career practicing tax, commercial and finance law (including trust advice) at Buddle Findlay.

He then obtained experience in listed and unlisted transactions, due diligence and financial services roles while working for two high profile investment banks and in corporate executive roles.  The experiences included cross-border leasing, managing retirement villages and resolving contractual disputes.  

His ability to understand the commercial objectives as well as the underlying legal issues has allowed him to act as a mediator and adviser on property, shareholder and trust disputes. 

Vinish Kumar

Vinish Kumar

Solicitor

Vinnie graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand in May 2021. Vinnie works across a range of general litigation matters within the firm’s expertise, in particular he has a keen interest in employment issues, contractual disputes, dispute resolution as well as trusts and relationship property matters. Vinnie is excited to use his legal skills and knowledge in a collaborative way to provide effective outcomes for his clients whilst also building and maintaining those relationships.

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.

Elaine St Leger

Elaine St Leger

Legal Executive

Elaine has worked as a Legal Executive in New Zealand since 2006 and obtained a Diploma in Legal Studies in Ireland. With over 20 years in the legal profession between Ireland and New Zealand, Elaine enjoys using her legal knowledge and expertise to assist clients with property transactions, wills and estates, trust administration, company incorporation and administration.

Sarah Price

Sarah Price

Legal Executive

Sarah joined the team in 2021. Prior to this she had experience working in a City-based litigation firm for over 10 years, making her a great asset to our team.

Sarah holds a Legal Executive diploma as well as a diploma in Marketing and a diploma in Advertising.

Sarah works closely with our lawyers and provides assistance with the day-to-day management of clients’ cases. She is skilled at document management, all components of discovery, data presentation and all aspects of administration linked to litigation matters.

Sandra Rooney

Sandra Rooney

Office Manager

Sandra is our Office Manager who works closely with Doug Cowan and provides administration assistance to our team. Sandra has worked in the legal profession for a number of years and has vast experience in all aspects of the day-to-day management of a busy legal firm.

Jane Tuhiwai-Pou

Jane Tuhiwai-Pou

Law Clerk

Jane is currently in her fifth year at the University of Auckland studying a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) conjoint degree, majoring in criminology. Jane is exploring many different areas of the law through her studies and is especially passionate about Maori Justice and Indigenous Law. Jane enjoys assisting the team and has developed a keen interest in property law and wills. Jane is excited to further expand on her legal skills and knowledge.

Hamish Black

Hamish Black

Law Clerk

Hamish is currently in his final year at the University of Auckland studying a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce conjoint degree, majoring in economics. Hamish has studied many different areas of the law and is especially enthusiastic about the commercial aspects of the law. Hamish has developed a particular interest in relationship property matters and civil litigation through his assistance of the litigation team and is excited to further develop and expand his practical legal skills and knowledge.

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