AWS Legal provides clients facing charges, in their personal or professional capacity, with the very best in advice and representation, including during initial interviews and inquiries, to hearings and trials, as well as appeals to the highest courts.

Our firm represents and advocates for clients throughout the lower South Island. We also act for defendants from further afield on serious matters.

AWS Legal works for clients who arrange and fund their own defence.

Our specialties extend to professional and trade disciplinary matters. We also advise and represent individuals and companies facing regulatory and corporate charges.

We can help with:

  • All criminal proceedings including trials and sentencings
  • Appeals
  • Traffic matters and applications for Limited/Work Licences
  • Parole Board hearings
  • Professional disciplinary tribunals including the READT
  • Regulatory charges and investigations
  • Firearms licenses
  • Applications before the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority



If you have been charged with an offence, or feel you are likely to be charged, it is vital you seek independent legal advice urgently, and certainly before you speak to Police, or any other prosecuting agency.


Arrested or detained by Police click here for information on what to do.

If you are facing criminal charges click here to find some helpful advice

For further support and advice, you can contact our team by telephone: 0800 100 151.


Our Team are here to help you.

To view our team member profiles Click here for Kate McHugh who is based in Invercargill.



To read testimonials for Kate McHugh click here