All Court Work

Criminal Law

We undertake criminal defence work at every level within the justice system be it careless driving through to a charge of murder.

We do appeals right through to the Supreme Court.

Tony Bamford has been involved, as a defence lawyer, in hundreds of trials and has secured not guilty verdicts in murder, manslaughter and serious drug cases as well as cases involving charges such as rape and aggravated robbery.

We have a capable team of lawyers, legal executives and support staff to undertake preparation work for any trial and we will take on any case in the Nelson Marlborough and West Coast areas, and further afield in serious cases.

We take cases on a private paying basis and we will give you a clear idea of the fees we charge, or we may be able to do the case under legal aid if you qualify. Please ask and we will be happy to help. We will advise you all the way through the Court process and if necessary we will engage expert witnesses who may be able to assist your case.

Tony Bamford is available 24 hours per day on 021 477632 and Tagan Lyall is available on 027 7251884.

We also undertake civil and commercial litigation in the District and High Courts. Additionally we deal with cases such as professional disciplinary proceedings for health professionals as other professions and we also take cases before the Environment Court under the Resource Management Act. For more information, click here.

Tony Bamford

Principal Solicitor

PHONE: 021 477 632 | 03 548 4847

Civil & Commercial Litigation

We have experience in resolving disputes in a number of ways – mediation, arbitration, family court, district court, high court, and the higher courts.

If you have a civil or commercial dispute, a breach of contract, a neighbourhood dispute, a property dispute, a property relationship issue, or an issue regarding wills or family protection, we can assist.

Tony Bamford

Tony Bamford

Principal Solicitor

PHONE: 021 477 632 | 03 548 4847

Employment Law

We undertake cases in the Employment Relations Authority and in the Employment Court for both employees and employers.


We attend mediations in cases of employment disputes and personal grievances.

We also advise parties in the course of disciplinary investigations and we provide practical legal advice on Health and Safety issues, obligations under the Holidays Act and the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act.

We will assist in drafting and advising you on the terms of employment agreements as these are critical in any employment relationship.

Please contact Tony Bamford or Tagan Lyall.

Tony Bamford

Principal Solicitor

PHONE: 021 477 632 |  03 548 4847

Family Law

We have expertise in advising and representing clients on a wide range of issues in the Family Law area.


This includes relationship property agreements, the division of relationship property following separation, taking cases to Court and representing parties to disputes over relationship property matters, often where businesses or family trusts are involved.

We represent clients in relation to care of children cases where parties are working through the stresses associated with the breakup of a relationship where children are involved. Additionally we take on cases where protection orders are needed and also where they are to be defended. 

Contact Bamford Law for relationship property matters and Tagan Lyall or Nicole Finlayson for assistance with protection orders and in relation to care or contact with children.

Tony Bamford

Principal Solicitor

PHONE: 021 477 632 | 03 548 4847