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AWS Legal has been at the forefront of legal advice in Southland for more than 130 years.
As advisors in a dynamic environment, our progressive culture and ability to embrace change is vital in all our areas of legal practice.
Our solicitors are recognised as among the best in their fields, both in the skills that they offer and the working relationships they foster, providing legal advice that is second to none.
Our areas of legal expertise include Rural Law, Business Law, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning,Civil Litigation, Family Law, Dispute Management and Resolution, Employment Law and Property Law.
Our offices in Invercargill, Winton, Queenstown, Alexandra, Te Anau, Gore, and Christchurch mean we’re always close at hand for clients, and are one of the South Island’s largest and most highly-regarded practices.

Meet our New Partners

Trudy Conway has over 10 years’ experience in commercial and property law. She runs the Property and Projects team together with Cameron Murphy and Norman Elder. She specialises in commercial property law, which includes commercial leases, agreements to design, build and lease commercial buildings, land subdivisions, buying and selling commercial property, local government property work, wind farm investigation agreements and forestry. Trudy loves working on complex deals with lots of moving parts and enjoys being part of her friendly and supportive team. You can contact Trudy Conway on 021499033 or at


Haydon Cunninghame was born and raised in Invercargill and is now based in AWS Legal’s Queenstown Office as a specialist property and commercial lawyer, working alongside Alan Harper. He specialises in residential and commercial property transactions, leasing, subdivision, company restructures, and the sale and purchase of businesses. He acts for a number of property developers, small to medium sized businesses, and many individual clients throughout New Zealand and Internationally. Haydon enjoys working with people, and the connections he makes. The impact he is able to have on his community is his favourite part of his job. You can contact Haydon Cunninghame on 021557754 or at

Latest News

24th January 2022
At AWS Legal we are committed to ensuring a safe environment for our staff, clients and community. As of 25 January, our partners have agreed on a... Read More
13th December 2021
Our offices will be closed from 2pm Thursday 23 December. Our Queenstown Branch will reopen on Monday 10 January 2022. The rest of our branches, will... Read More
13th December 2021
After 12 months of construction, we have finally relocated ot our new building at 80 on street. On 1 November, staff were welcomed on site by Victor... Read More
13th December 2021
Parliament has recently passed the COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill. Upon receiving Royal Assent, which is likely to be later... Read More