A view from Marine Parade looking towards Cape Kidnappers


Cathedral Lane Law is a Napier law firm practising criminal defence, family litigation, civil litigation and property work. The firm offers a wide range of services to assist our clients. We are accredited to offer criminal, family and civil legal aid where the client's circumstances and the nature of the case are appropriate.

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We are located in the central city, in a fine Art Deco building in the Art Deco quarter of Napier. This is a short distance from the main shopping area, many cafés and the Court. Limited street parking is available, although this is metered and the restrictions are strictly enforced.

The following pages describe our services in more detail. We practise mainly in Hawkes Bay, but also make appearances in courts all over New Zealand.

Litigation can be a stressful and costly experience and where possible, we consider alternative means of resolving disputes. Sometimes mediation and negotiation can achieve results far more cheaply, effectively and quickly than going to court.

We also help with legal matters such as preparation of wills, property sharing agreements and contracts. Advance planning can often prevent misunderstandings and disputes later.


The principal of the firm is Philip Ross. He is a graduate of Victoria University with conjoint arts and law degrees and he also has an engineering degree from Auckland University and a background in science and technology.


For further information, please click on the links below or contact us.