David Shanahan Lawyer

Tēna koutou katoa.

I’m David Shanahan and I’m here to assist you through your legal challenges. I am a Whangarei lawyer with over 40 years of extensive experience in many areas of law.

As a barrister I have appeared before the High Court, Family Court, District Court, Māori Land Court, Māori Appellate Court and the Waitangi Tribunal.


My areas of practice:

  • Family law - Relationship Property, Care of Children
  • Māori Land law - Advice on all matters concerning Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 including the establishment and management of trusts and incorporations; succession; utilisation and development of Māori land
  • Wills - Advice and preparation of Will which effectively disposes of your property and includes important directives such as guardianship of your children.
  • Estate planning - including protection of your assets, establishing a legally valid trust
  • Elder Law - Protection of Personal and Property Rights; advice and preparation of Enduring Powers of Attorney, court applications for orders for property management and Welfare guardianship where needed.
  • Property law - I can help you when you are buying or selling a house or land, making loan arrangements with your bank or mortgage broker.

David Shanahan is an expert in Family Law, Māori land law, Trusts, Wills, Estates, Elder and Property law​

My philosophy:

"To empower you as my client to choose the best solutions for your legal issues
through my professional and practical advice." 

David Shanahan Lawyer