Our People

Warwick Ayres


Warwick Ayres graduated from Auckland University in 1985 and is the principal and owner of Ayres Legal which he established in 2000. Previously a partner in a larger firm he wanted to be able to give more direct and personal attention to all aspects of his client's needs.

Having practised law for 30 years, Warwick has specialised in property law, commercial, contracts, leasing, trusts, wills, estates and relationships. His clients are small/medium sized businesses and private clients.

Warwick believes that clients want to have a sound and practical solution for their problems or issues without getting tied up in bundles of legal documents. It is important to Warwick that his clients understand the documents they are signing and he finds that they appreciate his discretion and experience in dealing with all aspects of their family and business. His commitment to getting things done efficiently and timely together with his understanding of your concerns makes him very approachable.

Email: warwick@ayreslegal.co.nz

Wisam Alsalhi

Wisam Alsalhi


Wisam Alsalhi was born and raised in Iraq before moving to New Zealand in 1998 with his family. His multi-cultural and bilingual background provides him with a unique insight into the difficulties that many clients of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds face in their interactions with the law. Wisam is a fluent Arabic speaker in a variety of dialects.

His greatest asset as a lawyer is his ability to bridge the gap in communication and understanding for his clients. He firmly believes in the importance of providing the necessary information and understanding to enable his clients to make informed decisions regarding their interests. Wisam is committed to providing professional legal services while remaining compassionate to his clients' circumstances.

Wisam graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2013 and has since continued to work hard to gain experience in a variety of legal areas to enable him to provide comprehensive and practical legal advice to his clients.

He has experience in Estate and Trust planning, formation and administration as well as dealing with Insurance Disputes, Commercial Leases, Residential Conveyancing and Civil Disputes Resolution.

Wisam has a variety of interests that include playing soccer, reading books, and playing on his guitar.

Email: wisam@ayreslegal.co.nz

Sylvia Mulcahy

Sylvia Mulcahy is the Office and Trust Account Administrator for Ayres Legal. She's the smiling face at the reception desk and the friendly voice at the end of the phone. Before joining us in 2017 Sylvia had experience working as a legal assistant at an Auckland suburban firm where she assisted lawyers in variety of matters.

Sylvia is currently studying the New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies. Outside of work, Sylvia enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and movies.

Email: sylvia@ayreslegal.co.nz

Ashleigh Nicholas


Ashleigh studied at Auckland University and graduated with both Law and Arts degrees. She has experience in general legal work and has experience in property, business and asset planning work including wills and trusts. She enjoys working with clients to assist them to develop solutions for their varying needs.

Having lived and worked in Regensburg, Ashleigh is fluent in German. Her interests include film festivals, travel and boxing.

Email: ashleigh@ayreslegal.co.nz