About Us

Proudly serving the Southland and Central Otago community for over 130 years

About Us

Proudly serving the Southland and Central Otago community for over 130 years

Helping our people, clients and firm thrive

We know legal advice is only as good as the relationships we build and services that underpin it. We aim to keep you informed every step of the way and deliver on our undertakings.

A lead partner is assigned to each client to keep an eye on “the big picture”. This ensures all work is completed efficiently and practical advice is given in your best interests.

Our partners and solicitors all work within their specialty area, with an ongoing commitment to professional development. With offices throughout Southland and Central Otago you benefit from the expertise and skills a big firm has to offer, alongside the unique local knowledge and passion our people bring.

Our History

It is perhaps credit to the founding partners that the practice has grown to be what it is today.

  • Watson & McNab – which later become Watson & Watson – was established in 1890, producing such notable figures as Sir Robert McNab, who became Minister of Justice, and Neil Watson, Mayor of Invercargill for nine years.
  • In 1977, Trevor Savage, who went on to serve as Southland Coroner for many years, joined the practice as Partner, and the firm was renamed Watson & Savage.
  • Hanan, Arthur & Co came to being in 1935. As well as several Judges and political luminaries, Partner Ralph Hanan was Mayor of Invercargill, before becoming Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Partner Colin Fraser was appointed High Court Judge, Patrick Toomey, a District Court Judge, and Mervyn Rodgers became Secretary-General of the New Zealand Law Society.
  • In 1984, the Watson & Savage and Hanan Arthur & Co merged to form Arthur Watson Savage – the largest legal practice in Southland.
  • In the early 1990s, we decided to focus more heavily on the southern business sector. Strategic recruitment and professional development saw our firm further hone its specialist knowledge in property development, company law and corporate structuring.
  • In the mid-90s, again, we accurately predicted the rural-driven economic boom. Positioning ourselves to support this growth sector has not only been professionally rewarding, but has allowed our firm to extend its expertise and reputation nationally and internationally

 

At present, AWS Legal is one of the top business and private client practices in the South Island, providing support to leading lights in the southern business community. We also have a significant private client base, who entrust us with their personal legal needs, from property transactions and asset protection, to estate planning and family law.

Our Offices

Photo of AWS Invercargill Building

Invercargill

Address: 80 Don Street, Invercargill
Postal: P O Box 1207, Invercargill 9840
Phone: 03 211 1370
Fax: 03 214 4122

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Queenstown

Address: Level 2, The Forge, Athol Street, Queenstown
Postal: P O Box 1207, Invercargill 9840
Phone: 03 441 0616
Fax: 03 214 4122

AWS Legal Alexandra Office Building

Alexandra

Address: Level 1, 77 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra, 9340
Postal: P O Box 1207, Invercargill 9840
Phone: 03 440 0026
Fax: 03 214 4122

Winton

Address: 270 Great North Road Winton 9720, New Zealand
Postal: P O Box 1207, Invercargill 9840
Phone: 03 211 1370
Fax: 03 214 4122

AWS Legal Gore Office Building

Gore

Address: 11 Bowler Avenue Gore 9710, New Zealand
Postal: P O Box 1207, Invercargill 9840
Phone: 03 211 1370
Fax: 03 214 4122

Te Anau

Address: 112 Town Centre Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
Postal: P O Box 1207, Invercargill 9840
Phone: 03 211 1370
Fax: 03 214 4122

In the Community

We are proud to support the Southland and Otago region here at AWS Legal. As part of these communities we enjoy our ability to give back, and help promote a thriving region.

Our firm and staff are dedicated to giving back in a number of ways. Through sponsorships, events and pro-bono work. Our Partners work with causes they are passionate about within the Southland and Otago region.

Community organisations and causes we support include: