Kia ora and welcome to my site.

I represent clients across New Zealand in civil disputes.  I have particular expertise in media law and defamation.

Aside from litigation, I conduct pre-publication/pre-broadcast reviews for authors, publishers and production companies.

Unless your matter is urgent, I prefer contact by email in the first instance. I will respond within 12 hours.

On this site, you can find more information about my expertise and experience, my full contact details, and a little background information about me.

  • I engaged Ali for a legal opinion for the forthcoming publication of my novel 'Gang Girl'. Ali provided expert advice and guidance and his interest and enthusiasm for my work went over and above the remit. Ali provided a comprehensive and clear report and was readily available to discuss any matters over the telephone. I have no hesitation in recommending his services.

    thumb David Whittet

    The best lawyer I've ever had the pleasure to work with. Extremely helpful, explained everything in simple terms. Could not recommend Ali enough.

    thumb Tim Andrews

    Very pleased with my engagement with Mr Romanos. He offers a straightforward, friendly approach that is reassuring but also authoritative and uncompromising. He took on board everything I said in a swift and efficient manner, reflecting my views and feelings much more than just a bland and detached appraisal, and provided a detailed and comprehensive assessment of my situation and my options, far more in-depth than I had expected. At the same time, his direct advice was clear, simple and unambiguous. I felt in excellent hands. Lawyers are inevitably expensive, but the expense is easier to bear when you feel that your position has been accurately and strongly conveyed in line with your wishes. I wouldn't hesitate to approach Ali again if needed; indeed, I half wish that I had a reason to make further use of his excellent services.

    thumb Stuart Wimbush
  • Ali was the perfect lawyer and he achieved the best possible result for me. He is highly capable and professional, but at the same time he also genuinely cares. It was so easy to communicate with him as Ali would give you brilliant legal advice while also respecting your decisions and instructions. If anyone reading this is deciding who to hire, I would say call Ali immediately- you won't regret it. I've never written a Google review in my entire life, but I just had to leave this one. Long story short, if you've ever watched 'Suits'- Ali is Harvey and Mike all in one!

    thumb Kyla

    Kioranga, I highly recommend Ali Romanos. He is someone of great integrity and also passion for his work. His work standards and outputs are extremely high, producing detailed legal documents in a timely professional manner. He has a strong eye for detail as well as having a comprehensive knowledge of defamation proceedings and case law. He personal manner makes him easy to work with. He is a good listener, respectful and offers clear advice along with options for clients to consider. Achieved a great result on my behalf in the High Court. Me rongo.

    thumb Maui Solomon

    I have been very impressed with the service Ali provided me. He was prompt, knowledgeable, understood my situation immediately, empathetic, and committed to getting a just outcome for me. He was thorough, and his advice was sound. Ali was easy to deal with, with his essential blend of professionalism and human touch. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ali.

    thumb Bill R
  • I had 2 publishing houses after me and was completely mystified as to which way to turn, when a friend gave me Ali's number. What a life line! It was peace of mind having him sift through the pros and cons of each contract. He paved the way and made it easy for me to pick the best fit. He then advised a few alterations to the contract to further safe guard myself and my work. I signed with confidence, knowing that I had a sound deal - what a relief! A good spend of money. I really appreciated Ali's holistic approach - encouraging me to consider the type of people I wanted to work with as well as the money, for a great experience all round. I felt heard and understood throughout - he was professional, respectful and generous with his time, a neat guy to deal with. I feel in good hands knowing that if anything goes wrong he's just a phone call away.

    thumb Kath Irvine

    Ali came recommended by top investigative journalist Nicky Hager. He first helped pro bono with a difficult book project that touched on many potentially defamatory issues and later managed to retrieve a fairer fee from the publisher for me. His support was an immense help, not just legally but also psychologically. Even now, five years later, he picks up the phone immediately to address my random questions and always has really useful advice without wasting time. He understands how media works from the inside out and is a pleasant, smart and supportive person to have on team.

    thumb Anke Richter

    Normally I'm intimidated to engage with the legal profession, but no problems with Ali - his friendly emails, then a letter of engagement that was simple and easy to understand, followed by advice which was precisely what I needed, on time, helpfully and clearly explained. Also Ali offered a follow-up phone conversation to touch base and for any queries. So I had a really positive engagement and highly recommend Ali and his expertise to others.

    thumb Fiona Duckworth