Grant Dowland


Grant has been a partner at Race Douglas Burke since 1989.

His principal areas of work are relationship property, commercial law (specialising in small to medium sized businesses), farming, house conveyancing and dispute resolution.

He has an empathetic and pragmatic approach and enjoys helping clients through what are often very stressful situations.

“I have a particular interest in assisting people through the separation process. My commercial, conveyancing and farming knowledge together with my knowledge of accounting and valuation processes and the law of trusts is of considerable assistance when I am giving advice on relationship property matters.”

“I also enjoy advising people in second relationships as to how they might order their financial and legal affairs to protect themselves and look after their new partners and their children from their previous relationship.”

If you are considering buying or selling a small to medium sized business, Grant has the necessary experience and knowledge to guide you through the process.  He can also advise you on such matters as leases, the purchasing process, obtaining finance, personal guarantees, shareholders’ agreements, trusts and employment law.

Grant has a solid background in dispute resolution and in assisting clients to work through difficult and complex problems relating to contracts, financial disputes, business relationships and business failures.

He also has extensive experience in conveyancing and can provide advice on all aspects of buying or selling a house, including agreements for sale and purchase, building, LIM and electrical reports, KiwiSaver withdrawals and the Housing New Zealand first-home deposit subsidy.

Grant has a number of farming clients and enjoys visiting their farm properties to gain a better understanding of their farming operations. He also believes meeting the family is very important when it comes to advising clients in respect of farm succession plans.

Grant’s interests outside work include jogging, walking and mountain biking, and he is a member of the Caversham Harriers, the AOK Mountain Bikers and the Otago Bridge Club.