About Mackenzie Elvin

The law firm's beginnings...

Fiona Mackenzie is the founding principal of the firm. It was while she was pushing her firstborn in a pram past the villa in the early 1980s on her way to a rugby game at the Domain that she had the idea. That perhaps she could balance motherhood with her legal career if they bought the villa to live in, and work out of.

And so it transpired. In 1991 Fiona was joined in the business by her husband Graeme Elvin, a well-established commercial lawyer. Shortly after by Marcus Wilkins, also an experienced property lawyer. The burgeoning business was located in Cameron Road for a few years before returning to its current location.

Fiona, Graeme and Marcus have continued a strong partnership over the years and now have a team of 20 people at Mackenzie Elvin, including part-timers.

Meet Our Team.

The partners and staff all bring different strengths to the business and there is an emphasis on collaboration and tailoring solutions to people’s specific needs. For more information on our approach, see our Why Us page.

The values and principles on which Mackenzie Elvin is founded are ingrained in Mackenzie Elvin’s culture.

ME Staff 2017

“Thank you for all of your support and advice. It has been so reassuring to know that you are on the end of a phone (or email) and that you are available to discuss D’s estate and affairs with us. Your team are lovely, genuine people and have been so helpful.”

Estate Client April 2017

“Mackenzie Elvin have acted for me in both a business and family matters capacity.

Having engaged both Graeme and Fiona, I found Graeme to be most helpful in tying up business matters and offering sound solutions and business advice. 

Fiona’s approach to my family matters has been professional, helpful and extremely sensitive throughout a very stressful marital separation.

They have a very friendly, approachable and capable team, who always make me feel welcome in my dealings with them.

I would therefore be confident in thoroughly recommending their services to anyone in either a business or family matters situation.”


Client – July 2016

“Fiona Mackenzie has been handling my personal affairs for 5 years.  In that time I have found Fiona to be a very understanding and helpful Solicitor. I always felt relaxed when attending to my affairs with her.  Fiona took time to explain and made sure I was understanding everything, also offering advice when needed.

I also would recommend Fiona’s Personal Assistant Robyn Ingram. I found Robyn also to be very helpful in carrying out any requests for me.”

Family client 2016

“Mackenzie Elvin acted for me in a family matter.  It was quite stressful, so I truly appreciated Clare’s highly professional (and extremely courteous, as well as thoughtful) conduct of the matter.”

Family client, May 2016

“Mackenzie Elvin have acted for me in both business and family matters. They offer exactly what I want from a professional service firm – good counsel when asked, and efficient and effective service when it is time to action something. I fully intend to use them when I next require the services of a law firm – and am confident in recommending them to others without reservation.”


John Robson, November 2015

“I went to Mackenzie Elvin about the leasing of an orchard that had gone badly wrong after my husband died. Marcus quickly saw the situation for what it was and with the benefit of his expertise we got excellent results in a short space of time. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. He later introduced me to Amanda who guided me through sorting out matters relating to the estate and my Will (something my husband usually would have taken care of).

Marcus and the staff of Mackenzie Elvin have been so approachable, friendly and caring throughout this process I can’t thank them enough.”

Toni Rentoul, July 2015

“There is a relaxed family atmosphere at Mackenzie Elvin which I really like and enjoy feeling part of.  Everyone is very helpful and the villa feels very much like a home rather than an office.  Clare has handled my case with great sensitivity, care and absolute professionalism.  Her presentation of documents is of the highest standard.  Mackenzie Elvin are the best.”



Litigation client – May 2015

“Our recent purchase of our first home went far more smoothly than we expected, largely thanks to Mackenzie Elvin.  Graeme set us on the right track early on (and kept things from getting serious with his humour) and Anna was great on the NZ Housing Grant and getting settlement completed promptly.”

First home buyer, May 2015

“I have recently completed a couple of property sales with Mackenzie Elvin and have also received guidance on a family issue around an Enduring Power of Attorney for an elderly parent.  I am impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of the team at Mackenzie Elvin.  They are approachable and friendly and I would recommend the firm’s team to anyone who would like any form of legal assistance.”

Marie Scawboard, May 2015

“It has been more than two decades since Mackenzie Elvin as a law firm supported Marine Reach as a registered Charity in New Zealand. Mackenzie Elvin handles most of our legal needs and we find them accommodating and professional in giving us the best advice. As a charity we deal with constant changing regulations and we receive good Trusts and Governance advice that has supported this organisation since its inception… thank you Mackenzie Elvin, we do appreciate your guidance.”

Capt. Jesse Misa, CEO, Marine Reach – April 30, 2015


Mackenzie Elvin Law Firm support of Charity

“Thank you very much for looking after our mum’s estate. Thank you for your patience dealing with numerous questions, some perhaps trivial in hindsight, always dealt with in both a professional and friendly manner. Personally I very much appreciated your quick response and explanation. It was very reassuring.  Please pass on my thanks to all concerned. Without your help and guidance we would have been lost I’m sure.”


Estate/Trustee client Sept 2014

“Specialist knowledge in aged care and retirement villages is essential for our business and Mackenzie Elvin has been highly effective in providing this.  It is always a pleasure dealing with their staff who are efficient and accommodating.  Our experience is that Mackenzie Elvin takes real care of the client and charges a fair fee for their quality service.”


Neville Brummer, Director of McKenzie Lifestyle Village Limited, 7 August 2014