Alfred is a commercial and property lawyer with over 40 years’ experience in legal practice. He is the trusted advisor for many business owners and private individuals.
Having been a partner of Malloy Goodwin Harford for 23 years, Alfred became a Consultant to the firm in April 2019.
Alfred has for many years acted and advised clients with their business acquisitions, business structuring, governance and business ownership succession issues, and in doing so has gained significant insight into private business and family affairs. He has a proven ability to manage significant transactions. His business clients trade in various industry sectors, including retail, manufacturing and distribution, food processing, healthcare and technology. Some have been clients of Alfred’s for many years.
Alfred is also an experienced Trust and Estate lawyer, and acts as trustee for many client Trusts. He assists substantial private clients with their asset planning arrangements, and advises the trustees of many family and investment Trusts concerning the management of asset portfolios and increasingly these days, the transfer of wealth to the next generation. Alfred’s practice includes Probate and Estate administration advice and action.
Alfred’s clients rely upon his experience and understanding of commercial and family affairs to assist them to manage their own affairs. His ability to listen and understand his clients’ requirements, coupled with his skill in conducting delicate negotiations between family members with competing interests, enables his clients to achieve “the right outcome” in sometimes stressful and challenging circumstances.
A former pupil of Wellington College, Christchurch Boys’ High School and Mt Albert Grammar School, Alfred has a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Commercial Law degree with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland.
Prior to joining the Malloy Goodwin Harford partnership in 1996, Alfred practised law for 20 years in large City law firms (including 12 years as a partner).
Married and the father of two adult daughters. Alfred is a keen golfer and sailor, and a lucky (and in his mind, an intrepid) jet ski salt water fisherman.
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"Alfred’s knowledge, advice, and demeanour … has always highly been professional, invariably leading to favourable outcomes that have stood the test of time and been beneficial to my business and family."
"Alfred has been prepared to go the extra mile and we have come to not only rely on his professional expertise and thorough execution of his duties, but to count him as a kind and reliable friend"
"Alfred (and his associates) have not just provided us with invaluable advice and great outcomes, they’ve also provided us with peace of mind."
"Alfred goes above and beyond, and you always know he has your very best interests at heart."
"Alfred is today’s professional gentleman - ethical, thoughtful, courteous but also highly competent, up-to-date and efficient."
We have used Malloy Goodwin Harford as our lawyers for two decades, under three CEOs and three Chairmen. Both Alfred and Marise have provided us with sound advice, we have always felt valued as clients, and have been given very prompt service. We have used them for franchise advice, sale and purchase transactions, and many other incidental matters, including legislative and compliance guidance.
Paper Plus would like to congratulate Malloy Goodwin Harford on 25 years of business; and I am sure we will continue to benefit from their solid guidance and support in the years to come.
We have been served in numerous capacities by many solicitors over decades. Alfred is one of the very best.
Our lengthy experience of Alfred’s caring and reassuring competency derives particularly from his assistance and advice on our trusts and asset planning arrangements, backed by his deep commercial understanding and practicality.
Alfred is today’s professional gentleman - ethical, thoughtful, courteous but also highly competent, up-to-date and efficient. He takes great care to ensure we understand the risks and significance of decisions upon lifestyle, family, fellow shareholders and investment strategies. He is articulate and possesses superior IQ and EQ.
He works effortlessly and respectfully in his interface with a husband and wife of differing commercial, financial and legal experience, business backgrounds and divergent risk appetites.
Alfred’s drafting and documentary support is of a high standard - comprehensive, complete and accurate.
In our dealings with Malloy Goodwin Harford we have always found them to be highly professional, and to provide an exceptional level of client servicing.
Our main point of contact has been Alfred Harford, and we have come to appreciate not only his sage and professional advice, but his attention to detail. It is the little things that matter, like timely responses to emails and prompt returning of phone calls. Alfred goes above and beyond, and you always know he has your very best interests at heart. You know you are in the hands of a true professional. This attitude and approach holds true for the entire team.
We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Malloy Goodwin Harford.
Malloy Goodwin Harford, with particular reference to Alfred Harford have supported me with legal services and advice now for in excess of 20 years. During this time I have built and exited a small business, undertaken a number of property transactions along with family trust and Will work. It is very important to me when working with professionals operating in a field where my own personal expertise is limited, that you can have absolute trust and faith in their advice, their work and their integrity. I can say without any doubt that at all times during the various items of work carried out I have always felt that the advice given was accurate, appropriate and of the highest calibre. I note that MGH have marked 25 years in business and I applaud them on their standards and wish them every success in the future.
I have had the pleasure of working with Alfred on numerous business and family transactions over the past 15 years. On a number of occasions, this has involved drafting and negotiating multi-party documents across different geographic regions with a high deal of complexity and varying time zones. Alfred’s knowledge, advice and demeanour during these transactions has always highly been professional, invariably leading to favourable outcomes that have stood the test of time and been beneficial to my business and family. Working with Alfred is always a pleasure and I look forward to our next catch up! Congratulations Malloy Goodwin Harford on achieving 25 years in business.
Alfred Harford has been my lawyer for over 20 years. I consider Alfred to be a very good lawyer. He is very professional, and is also interested in his clients’ welfare. Alfred always takes extra time to explain to me what I need to know on legal matters. He is my mentor and provides me with guidance when requested.
My wife and I have been clients of Malloy Goodwin Harford since 1997. Over the last 20 years they have assisted us with a numerous leasing agreements, employment matters including redundancy and the sale of our chain of retail stores in 2014. Aside from looking after the legalities associated with our business, we’ve also entrusted Malloy Goodwin Harford on a personal level with our family trust and Wills. Alfred and his associates have not just provided us with invaluable advice and great outcomes, they’ve also provided us with peace of mind.
We have known Alfred Harford for approximately the past 40 years when as a junior he joined the legal practice we were clients of at the time. After a period of time we became his clients, and subsequently, over 20 years ago, moved with him to the Malloy Goodwin Harford practice. Over this long period of time, Alfred has given us and our family top class and reliable legal service in many different areas. He has been prepared to go the extra mile and we have come to not only rely on his professional expertise and thorough execution of his duties, but to count him as a kind and reliable friend.
We are pleased to write this testimonial to the excellent service we have received and to congratulate Alfred and all at Malloy Goodwin Harford on achieving 25 years in business.
We have engaged Alfred Harford for all our legal requirements since he graduated from law school.
His guidance, integrity and professionalism has always been of the highest calibre in dealing
with our different legal issues, both business and personal throughout the years.
He now acts for our family as well and we have no hesitation in recommending him and Malloy Goodwin Harford.
Malloy Goodwin Harford have served our needs since the year 2000. We have been very impressed by their prompt, efficient, knowledgeable and professional service at all levels. Our principal contacts are Alfred Harford and Sarah McLaren who both serve our needs with a personal and compassionate approach.
We will continue to recommend MGH to friends, just as MGH were recommended to us all those years ago.
We and have been working with Alfred Harford and his team for well over 15 years. They have assisted us with a wide range of services for all our businesses and trusts including business sales and acquisitions, setting up structures, conveyancing etc. The quality of their work and dedication to achieve our desired results have been second to none. We could not recommend Alfred and his team highly enough and we are proud to be part of their well-deserved 25 year anniversary.