Robin Harrington BA(Hons), LlB(Hons)

Robin is the principal of Harrington Law Limited and has more than 25 years of legal experience.

Harrington Law takes a pragmatic, straightforward approach to law looking for for cost effective and practical solutions to your legal issues.  Robin has particular experience and expertise in;

  • relationship property (including drafting relationship property agreements and appearing where necessary in the Family Court);
  • trust problems and litigation;
  • contract advice and litigation;
  • companies/shareholder disputes and litigation.

Robin works with private clients and also offers litigation support to senior barristers, particularly in opinion writing, court drafting and witness briefing.  She also offers a "locum" service to law firms who may have staff on parental or other leave.

Harrington Law is Auckland based but has clients throughout the wider Auckland region and will happily travel to you (including to Great Barrier Island) to discuss your legal needs, without obligation or charge. To contact or make an enquiry with Harrington Law, phone 027 255 0895 or click here.

Harrington Law Limited


PO Box 32-397
New Zealand

Mob 027 255 0895


1989 Otago University: Bachelor of Arts (Honours in French) 

1992 Otago University: Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

1993 - 1995 Solicitor/Associate, Simpson Grierson, Wellington
1995 - 1996 Senior Solicitor, Russell McVeagh, Wellington
          · Commercial Litigation 

1997 - 1998 Senior analyst, Treasury, Wellington (Secondment)

1998 - 2004 Senior Solicitor Russell McVeagh, Wellington/Auckland
          · Commercial Litigation 

2004 - 2009 Barrister Sole

2006/2009 Adjunct Instructor Professional Legal Studies Course, College of Law, Auckland

2009 - Principal, Harrington Law Limited



Harrington Law has particular experience in these areas:



Where matters have not resolved or settled, Robin has been involved as lead or assisting counsel in Court proceedings, including the following cases:

Shell (Petroleum Mining) Company Ltd v Kapuni Gas Contracts Ltd 3/2/97, Barker J, HC Auckland CL5/94 (Oil and Gas, Competition)

MTM Funds Management Ltd v Force Holdings Ltd (2000) 14 PRNZ 657 (Contract)

Ideal Garages Ltd v Independent Construction Company Ltd, High Court, Auckland, 18/11/2004, (2004) CIV2004-404-2685, Heath J (Contract, Restraint of Trade)

Haylock v Patek [2009] 1 NZLR 351 (Insider Trading)

Arcadia Homes Ltd (in liq) v More to this Life Ltd [2013] NZCA 286 (Company, Contract)

Mazany v MacDonald [2013] NZHC 2456 High Court, Auckland, 19/9/2013, CIV-2013-404-2438 (Caveat – subsequently settled)

Bond v Platun [2016] NZHC 3038 High Court, Auckland, 14/12/2016, CIV-2015-404-628, Hinton J (Removal of Trustee)

Supatreats Asia Pte Ltd v Grace & Glory Ltd [2018] NZHC 1612 (Injunction, Contract, Restraint of Trade, Intellectual Property)



Family Issues

  • Family Trust/Trustee Issues
  • Relationship Property Agreements


Litigation Support

  • Running substantive proceedings including
    • co-ordinating junior lawyers/witnesses
    • preparing interlocutory applications
    • discovery
    • drafting briefs and briefing witnesses
    • drafting submissions
    • court appearances
  • Injunction applications



  • Disputes relating to
    • sale and purchase agreements
    • caveats
    • building contracts
    • defective buildings
    • intellectual property/misappropriation of confidential information





  • Contract interpretation
  • Implementation
  • Breach
  • Termination
  • Restraints of Trade


· Directors’ duties
· Company governance, constitutional reviews, shareholders’ rights
· Liquidations; preparing and responding to statutory demands


Neighbourhood Disputes

· Including fencing / tree disputes