The Team

Devon McDonald

Devon McDonald is the principal of Swayne McDonald. Devon holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from University of Otago. He was admitted to the Bar in 1976. He established the firm in 1981 with his then partner, Mark Swayne. Mark retired from legal practice in 2000. Devon's primary focus is on conveyancing, family trusts and relationship property matters although he has extensive experience in a wide variety of legal issues having been in practice since 1976.

Joy Hadley

Joy Hadley - is a highly experienced and Senior Registered Legal Executive - having been employed in "the law" since 1976, initially as a secretary, followed by a period as office manager and then since 1992 as a fully qualified Registered Legal Executive admitted as an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. Joy has extensive experience in a wide range of conveyancing and property law matters. Joy has recently been appointed as an Associate of the firm in recognition of her lengthy and a substantial contribution to the firm and her untiring and cheerful commitment to the needs of our clients.

Neil Horne

Neil Horne holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Otago. Neil practiced as a Barrister and Solicitor in Auckland for 25 years until 1997 when he retired from private practice and became employed by the Auckland District Law Society in the Society's "Professional Standards Team". Since 2000 Neil has been semi-retired and is now a consultant to the firm applying his extensive practical experience, knowledge of the law and attention to detail to a wide range of commercial and property related transactions.

Diane Harvey holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Waikato University and has been in legal practice since 1999. Diane has substantial general practice experience with a particular emphasis on property, commercial and corporate legal matters, business sales and purchases, estates, wills and family trusts. For a time she worked "in-house" as a lawyer for a well-known Australian corporate and then as a lawyer for a boutique corporate and commercial legal practice in the city. Diane's focus at Swayne McDonald is on small business, commercial & corporate matters, estates, wills, family trusts and property transactions.

Carolina Tiumalu studied law and commerce at Otago University, graduated with LLB and B Com degrees and was admitted to the bar in 2003.
Over the past 10 years her legal career has included 18 months as a Deputy Registrar/Court Officer at the Family Court at Manukau and more than 7 years as a lawyer in South Auckland, dealing with a variety of general practice legal work but focusing primarily on family law. Prior to joining the family law team at Swayne McDonald, Carolina was employed as a lawyer with the Mangere Community Law Centre. She is a board member of a South Auckland women’s refuge and an executive council member of the Pacific Lawyers Association Incorporated. Carolina’s work with Swayne McDonald is focussed primarily on family law matters, and general legal practice.

Kristy Ng Shiu - has worked as a specialist family lawyer since 2008, since graduating from the University of Auckland in 2007 with LLB and BA degrees. She has won the New Zealand Law Family Law Award twice and on another occasion was a finalist. Kristy has extensive family court and alternative dispute resolution experience, and has legal aid lead provider status. Kristy takes pride in providing accurate advice and a strong advocacy on a wide range of family law matters including care of children, guardianship, paternity, domestic violence, adoptions, family protection, protection of personal & property rights and relationship property.

Allan Carvalho - graduated LLB from the University of Bombay, India in 1989 and requalified LLB in New Zealand in 2003 prior to being admitted to the New Zealand bar in 2004. Prior to joining us in October 2015, Allan held positions with several Auckland law firms undertaking a range of commercial and private client work including commercial contract, commercial property, commercial leasing, small business sales and purchases, trusts, wills and residential conveyancing transactions. These are the areas of work Allan continues to deal with as part of the Swayne McDonald professional team.

Donna Jensen

Donna Jensen is our senior Registered Legal Executive based at our Botany Junction office. Donna commenced her legal career in the early 1990's, initially as a PA, and progressed to a full Legal Executive role, becoming a registered legal Executive in 1997. Donna's focus is on residential conveyancing - an area of legal practice in which she has substantial experience. In addition to dealing with her busy conveyancing practice Donna also provides support to her colleague - senior lawyer Diane Harvey. They make a great team !

The balance of the Swayne McDonald team comprises

Audrey Nesbit (who is our Office Manager and trust account administrator), accounts assistant Nadine Strauss-Ferreira; legal executive Kelly Angel, secretaries Annette BeardaJade Maihi , Cherie Krishna and Fotu Schmidt all at our Manurewa office, plus legal executive Vasenai Vinesh and secretary Chandre Bloemstein at our Botany Junction office, all of whom provide secretarial services and support for the professional staff and last (but certainly not last) Toni Gahan and Meg Vendt who together provide reception services and general office administration.