Treadwell Gordon is one of the country’s longest standing law firms providing legal advice.  Founded in 1869, it has established a solid reputation as the go-to legal service in the community.


While our offices are based in Whanganui, Taihape, Marton, Feilding, Ohakune and Waverley we offer legal services right across New Zealand to both personal and business clients – we embrace collaboration technologies and other digital tools to stay in touch and deliver you solutions efficiently.

  • Find out more about the origin of our firm in our history timeline >

    Treadwell Gordon History


    In March 1869 CH Borlase arrived from Wellington to practice in Whanganui, before joining WH Barnicoat to form Borlase & Barnicoat.


    The firm’s telephone number was 1 in Whanganui’s earliest telephone directory.


    Meanwhile, W J Treadwell set up practice in 1892, and shortly after joined T Lloyd to form Treadwell & Lloyd.


    GS Gordon practised with C Burnett from 1904 to 1907.


    1907 saw the firms come together and be known as Barnicoat Treadwell & Gordon. With Barnicoat passing away in 1909, the firm simply became Treadwell & Gordon.


    Three generations of Treadwells practised with the firm over 80 years.


    W J Treadwell was borough solicitor.  His son C Treadwell joined in 1919 and practised until 1974, as City solicitor. His son J Treadwell joined in 1959, and carried on the family business until 1972.


    GS Gordon's career could be rightly described as the "Father of the Legal Profession in Whanganui".  GS Gordon’s grandson Gordon Swan practiced with firm from 1951 - 2014. His daughter Jeannie Warnock, in turn, practiced with the firm from 1981 -1996. She now practises for a prominent Wellington firm.


    Three partners of Treadwell Gordon have been appointed as Judges.


    Bryan Haggitt was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court in 1959, John Treadwell, a District Court Judge in 1972, and Michael Lance as a District Court Judge in 1988.


    In 1989 the firm widened its provincial links to merge with Coleman & Co, a long established Waverley firm. Jim Coleman has been practising in Whanganui with the firm since 2007.


    Since 2010 we’ve been growing in the region, merging with Flack Brown in 2014. We now have representation in the following locations Taihape, Ohakune, Hunterville, Feilding, Marton & Waverley.


    On 1 April 2021, the firm recognised its size and the need for a corporate governance by incorporating as Treadwell Gordon Limited.


    With our 4 Directors – Simon Badger, Richard Austin, Pétra Allen & Andrew Thomas we have a broad range of coverage for all our surrounding provincial community.


    For more on our history come in and see our ‘History Wall’ in reception.


Lawyers that deliver


The 39-strong legal team at Treadwell Gordon are second-to-none and are in growing demand.  Highly qualified with decades of combined experience in buying and selling property, wills, estates, family trusts, employment issues, commercial and farming law as well as litigation and dispute resolution.


It’s a priority to up-skill and our people regularly attend legal training programmes to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the practice of law – as your legal representative, we want to ensure we provide the very best legal advice and law help.


Commitment to clients


Understanding your needs and tailoring legal solutions to fit is a big part of our ethos. We recognise that a one size fits all approach will not help our clients solve their problems or reach their goals.


At Treadwell Gordon you’ll find a friendly, down-to-earth bunch of people with can-do attitudes.  It’s a team of lawyers and support staff who go the extra mile to ensure your legal service is timely, delivers you the best options and supports you to make the best decision.


Worthwhile return on investment


Our pricing is competitive and transparent.  Innovative legal software and other technology solutions drive our productivity and efficiency so that you receive value for money.


Treadwell Gordon is a member of Lawlink - an extensive legal network of 18 law firms throughout New Zealand. This resource provides further access to research and specialist legal knowledge, as and when needed, guaranteeing a total service of legal competence to our clients.


An initial consultation


People can be hesitant when they think they may need to consult a lawyer, yet a half hour consultation at an early stage will often save you considerable stress and money - timely legal advice and legal services is invaluable.


Whether you are in business, selling your home or farm, considering a family trust, have a commercial or personal dispute, or going through a difficult matrimonial or relationship break up, the lawyers at Treadwell Gordon will be able to help you.


Contact us today to see if we can help you.


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