Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick is a Warkworth based law firm with over 90 years experience acting for clients throughout New Zealand.

Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick offers a broad range of legal services wherever you are in New Zealand.

As a member of Lawlink, Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick has access to the shared knowledge and support of 17 other law firms throughout the country to provide a continued high standard of practice.

Warkworth, 26 Mar 1973, Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation, WA-71320-G. Whites Aviation Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library



Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick is available to assist both private individuals and businesses. The small team naturally encourages collaboration across their specialist areas to deliver practical advice and desired outcomes.


  • Business restructuring and finance
  • Sales and purchases of businesses
  • All business advice including compliance (OSH, Employment, Commerce Commission)
  • Trade mark and Intellectual Property services

Dispute Resolution

  • Court and tribunal hearings of all types at all levels (including employment disputes)
  • Arbitration and mediation services
  • Resource management hearings
  • Debt recovery
  • Family

Personal Services

  • Trust and estates including wills
  • House purchases
  • Work licences (limited licence applications)
  • Full range of family law including relationship property and care of children.


  • Commercial and residential conveyancing
  • Subdivisions
  • Leasing
  • Resource management


  • We advise our business clients in relation to Commerce Commission and OSH investigations and prosecutions

If you’re unable to find a particular service, please contact us to learn how we could help you. Please note Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick don’t offer criminal legal aid services and don’t usually act in relation to police or traffic prosecutions.

Standing The Test of Time

in 1925 Trentham Webster started his own central Auckland law firm, 29 years later he was joined by his son Blair Webster and the firm became known as Trentham C. Webster & Webster.

Skip to the ’60s and Walter Malcolm and Gerry Kilpatrick become partners in the firm. In the '70s Alan Stuart was added to the partners who then purchased the Warkworth law firm Elliot Holden Wood (estb. 1919). Chris Murphy joined in the mid '90s. In 2004 the Auckland firm merged with the Warkworth practice and recently Les Miller became a partner.

And now 40 years later, although there may be new faces, the name Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick has stuck around. Why change a good thing?

Photo Credit: Warkworth, 26 Mar 1973, Aerial photograph taken by Whites Aviation, WA-71320-G.
Whites Aviation Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library

Community Colours

At the heart of the Rodney District is the Warkworth area, also known as the Kowhai Coast named after the native Kōwhai tree.

Signalled by the trees’ vivid yellow bloom in Spring, Warkworth hosts the Kowhai Festival drawing out the locals including native birds and the resident duck population.

Photo Credit: ©Jake Faulkner

Kowhai flower



Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick’s strength is its small dedicated team of specialists. This means confident one-on-one advice with the ability to quickly refer to others in the firm and wider Lawlink family for solutions to more complex issues.

With some of us topping over 30 years of experience with Webster Malcolm & Kilptarick you can be sure to grow a lasting relationship with us that’ll continue well into the future.

Portrait Alan Stuart

Alan Stuart

Managing Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Alan's particular interest is in intellectual property and competition law.

Alan’s extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution has seen him represent clients at all levels in the court system up to the Court of Appeal and in many tribunals.

Alan's particular interest is in intellectual property and competition law, but his 30+ years experience in dispute resolution extends to all areas of civil and commercial disputes, including claims in the Employment Authority and other statutory tribunals, disagreements between neighbours and relationship property claims in the District and Family Courts, and trust and estate litigation and land disputes in the High Court.

Alan is an accredited LEADR mediator, and an Associate Member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) and supports alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation to improve outcomes. He is also available for appointment as an independent mediator for disputes involving a wide variety of domestic, civil and commercial issues.

Alan was admitted to the bar in 1975 and has been with the firm since 1977. In 2006 Alan graduated with First Class Honours as a Master of Commercial Law at Auckland University. He has also been coordinator of the legal advice roster at Glenfield Citizens Advice Bureau for more than 30 years.
Portrait Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

Partner, Commercial & Property, Trusts

Chris’ expertise lies in trusts.

Chris regularly advises clients in relation to business transfers, setting up companies and business structures, commercial leasing and subdivisions. He also assists clients with family trusts and estate planning.

Chris obtained a BA/LLB from Otago University in 1990 and joined this firm soon after. He became a partner in 1993.

He is a member of the Warkworth Primary School board of trustees and lives locally. Chris is also a director of a number of businesses, including retirement villages and a health service provider in the Rodney area.

Portrait Les Miller

Les Miller

Partner Commercial & Property

Les primarily manages property and trust related matters.

Les acts in various property and commercial related matters including subdivisions, commercial leases, the sale and purchase of businesses and homes and elder law. He also acts in the formation of charitable and family trusts.

Les joined Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick in 2005 after gaining experience in a Wellington firm. He completed his LLB at Victoria University in 2002 and was admitted to the bar later that year. Les became a partner with Webster Malcolm and Kilpatrick on 1st May 2010.

He also lives locally and enjoys walking to work. Les is a member of the local Warkworth Rotary Club and the Camp Bentzon Trust.

Portrait Adam Evans

Adam Evans

Solicitor Commercial & Civil

Adam acts primarily for commercial clients in transactions and disputes.

Adam has expertise in a range of commercial transactions, including the sale and purchase of businesses, trade mark applications, leases and other property matters. He also assists clients with civil disputes and debt collection, and advises both employers and employees on employment law matters.

Adam graduated in May 2008 with conjoint degrees in law and arts (in political studies) from the University of Auckland, and was admitted to the bar in July 2008. He worked at the firm part time while studying, before joining us on a permanent basis at the conclusion of his studies.

Portrait Jocelyn Brough

Jocelyn Brough

Legal Executive Residential Conveyancing, Estates

Jocelyn offers expertise in residential conveyancing, estate planning and estate administration.

Jocelyn is an efficient and diligent senior legal executive.

Jocelyn has a sympathetic, compassionate and understanding approach, appreciated and valued particularly by elderly and bereaved clients.

Jocelyn has worked in law firms for over 20 years and qualified as a legal executive in 1995. She has been with this firm since 1997.

Portrait Julia Lockwood

Julia Lockwood


Julia practices property, estate and family matters.

She acts mainly in property related transactions and deals with some family law parenting issues. Julia joined our firm in 2011 working part time while she studied and graduated from Waikato University in 2012. In her spare time Julia loves to bake; particularly using chocolate.

Towering Kauri trees

Local giants the McKinney and neighbouring Simpson Kauri trees are estimated to be around 800–900 years old, they serve as reminders of the town’s origins in the timber industry.



Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick are not currently recruiting but we're always interested in speaking with experienced New Zealand lawyers who're interested in a career with Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick.

Sound like you? Get in touch.


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In the 1970's Webster Malcolm & Kilpatrick were in search of a change of pace and the firm found it less than an hour’s drive north of Auckland in Warkworth.

Located on Neville Street we’re a stone’s throw from the centre of town. With car parks out front and groceries across the road we've embraced the small town feel.

+64 9 425 8037
+64 9 425 7496
Physical Address
Level 2 Lawlink House
15-17 Neville Street
New Zealand
Postal Address
PO Box 22
Warkworth 0941
New Zealand
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It’s not a bad spot on the main street…
It’s not a bad spot on the main street…

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