One of the Coast’s most well-established legal practices, Vlatkovich & McGowan, has joined forces with Silverdale and Manukau lawyers Denham Bramwell. As a result, Denham Bramwell’s Hibiscus Coast Highway office has closed and the merged practice is now operating from Vlatkovich & McGowan’s premises at 660 Whangaparāoa Road.
Vlatkovich & McGowan founder and principal Nola McGowan said with the retirement of her husband and senior partner Tony, it made sense to merge with Denham Bramwell, to expand the range of services available and ensure continuity of service to clients.
There are now six solicitors, a junior lawyer and support staff working from the original premises, as well as a new office at 667 Whangaparāoa Road.
Ms McGowan has been a presence on the Coast for many years and practising law here since 1984. She says the new partnership with Denham Bramwell will enable her firm to build on and strengthen services to clients and the community.
“It was logical. It’s more than a pooling of assets; it’s bringing together two practices with very similar approaches to client care. We expect to work extremely well together,” she said. “We do everything anyone might need – estates and trusts, conveyancing, and matrimonial, commercial and employment law.
“Clients just drop in here, it’s an open office,” she said. “It’s all about being involved in the community and we’ll be keeping that up. We have had a lot to do with local charities and sports clubs, and Denham Bramwell are committed to continuing that, because I believe you have to give back to the Coast.”
The merger also extends to both firms’ city offices, with Vlatkovich & McGowan’s Mount Eden clients now being serviced from Denham Bramwell’s Manukau base.
Denham Bramwell associate Nicholas Eketone-TeKanawa, who has been leading the firm’s Silverdale office since it opened in 2018, said the partnership would give all their clients the offerings of a big-city firm, without the costly price tag.
“The merger of our two firms represents a strong value-add to both firms’ clients with the skillset of both adding depth to each other’s practices,” he said.