The specialist property law firm that stays small enough to care

As a client, you can expect our property lawyers to deliver the same level of expertise you would receive from the bigger firms. The noticeable difference with AlexanderDorrington is the way in which we provide our expertise. You’ll find the service more personal, the advice more practical and the pricing more cost-effective.

We won’t treat your case as a one-off project. After all, your goals – both short and long term, are unique to you. We take the time to really understand what your objectives are. In order to clearly identify what truly matters (and doesn’t matter) to you. By fostering this kind of personal relationship with clients, we are able to provide practical, relevant advice with every step of the way.

At times, you may need expertise that goes beyond property law. Our in-house trusts, estates and succession planning team specialises in trusts and personal matters. If you need advice in another area of the law, we’ll help by linking you with a relevant specialist from our network. Because we’ve taken the time to get to know you, we can ensure that specialist is someone who understands your outcomes as well.

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Legal 500 AP Leading Firm“AlexanderDorrington Ltd is a specialist real estate and construction firm that has carved out a niche as one of the leading residential development practices in Auckland. It provides ‘extremely good value for money and very short response times, as well as having wide industry knowledge’. ‘We feel like valued clients and the firm provides us with exceptional service’, says one source.”

“We came to this practice after talking to multiple other firms about a novel development we were undertaking that was far from standard. While all other firms confidently told us they could solve all our problems, AlexanderDorrington demonstrated an immediate understanding of the main issues we’d be facing and an ability to listen to what we were trying to achieve without trying to fit us into a predefined box.”

“The firm gives clients confidence that it is a firm that will look after their interests with professional advice from experienced operators. They are also very empathetic to stressful situations as they arise which makes clients believe they are more than an invoice about to be sent out.”

“Denise Marsden’s standout feature is her caring attitude towards achieving the best outcome for her clients. Lots of solicitors are competent at what they do but it is special to find someone who cares as well.”
Testimonials from Legal 500 Asia Pacific
NZLA20 Finalist 2020
Craig Alexander, Co-founder
Craig Alexander, Co-founder
Debra Dorrington, Co-founder
Debra Dorrington, Co-founder

Our story

AlexanderDorrington was founded by Craig Alexander and Debra Dorrington who both went on to make their mark as exceptional property lawyers. The firm first opened the doors to its Kitchener Street office on 1st November 1999. Initially specialising in commercial, finance and property law with property quickly becoming the major focus. A move to The Shortland Centre (Auckland’s property hub) in 2001 cemented its position as a mid-tier NZ property firm with a loyal and talented team.

Denise Marsden joined the partnership in 2007 and Jourdan Griffin became a Director in April 2017 when the practice was incorporated. Craig moved on to work on his property development business in 2018. And Debra left in 2020 to pursue her passion for environmental sustainability.

AlexanderDorrington is now co-owned by Denise Marsden and Jourdan Griffin and managed by Rachael Stevenson who has been with the firm since day one. It is internationally recognised as a leading firm in the property and construction sector and continues to enjoy a reputation for good value practical advice.