About Carlile Dowling

Carlile Dowling is one of Hawke’s Bay’s most established and trusted law firms.
Carlile Dowling Lawyers

Our Story

Carlile Dowling is the result of an amalgamation of two long established Napier law firms; Carlile McLean & Co and Dowling & Co in the late 1980s. Carlile McLean & Co was founded in 1874 by James Carlile and was joined by Patrick McLean in 1881, making it one of the earliest known legal firms in the region. Today, Carlile Dowling is a modern legal firm based in Napier providing a full range of legal services.

We take a team approach to our work and our clients have access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from professionals who are highly respected in their fields.

“The depth and breadth of experience within Carlile Dowling enables us to provide a superior legal service that is timely and cost-competitive.”

Our expertise

Our Partners


Paul Morgan

LL.B (Hons), B.Ag.Sci

“Paul joined Carlile Dowling from a role in a corporate and commercial team of a national law firm based in Wellington.”

Michael Morgan Carlile Dowling Lawyers

Michael Morgan

LL.B (Hons), Dip Bus Administration (Distinction)

“Michael is Hawke’s Bay born and bred, with a wealth of local knowledge and contacts. A partner of Carlile Dowling since 2001.”


David Chan


“David has over 24 years of legal experience including 12 years in Melbourne where he was a sole barrister. David joined Carlile Dowling in 2007.”


Maurice Casey


“Maurice graduated from Otago University in 1998 and joined Carlile Dowling in 2006 after working in general practice.”