Buddle Findlay is one of the few New Zealand law firms with dedicated property teams in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.  We combine practical local knowledge with national expertise.


We are one of the few New Zealand major law firms with dedicated property teams in each of our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices.  With that capacity, our team provides a full range of property law services throughout New Zealand, combining practical local knowledge with national expertise and depth.

In each of our offices we have dedicated specialist teams for:

  • Acquisitions and divestments

  • Portfolio leasing

  • Build and lease

  • Property Development and urban regeneration

  • Real estate finance

  • Local Government and Public Works

  • Insolvency and workout

  • Rental Arbitrations and disputes.

In addition to the wide range of commercial property expertise outlined, the firm continues to maintain its place as one of the few full service national law firms advising individuals on personal property matters.  Our personal services team advise on a diverse range of personal property matters including all types of conveyancing, preparation of wills, administration of estates, estate and trust planning, relationship property and the law relating to the elderly.

Our clients include listed and private companies, the managers of listed property funds, utilities, multinationals, local and central government bodies, financiers, educational institutes, Crown-owned or partly owned entities, developers, foreign pension funds and private investors.

Work highlights

Advising Tauranga City Council

on its Te Manawataki o Te Papa Civic Precinct project

Advising Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council

on existing licence and lease/sublease arrangements, relating to land required for the RiverLink project

Acting for Hotel Management (Featherston St)

as well as over 150 different unit owners, on the sale of Rydges Wellington to NZ Hotel Wellington Asset LP (a partnership between Russell Property Group, Lockwood Property Group and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund)

Acting for the Department of Internal Affairs

on the development and leaseback of a bespoke archives facility to house Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga Archives New Zealand, on the site of the old Defence House on Aitken Street in Wellington

Acting for Olam International (and its New Zealand subsidiary Olam Food Ingredients New Zealand)

on the development and construction of its dairy processing plant in Tokoroa

Assisting with arrangements for medical and social detox facilities

at the new Auckland City Mission HomeGround facility

Our team

Charlotte von Dadelszen

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Charlotte specialises in leasing, construction and land-related property advice. She has been involved in the development…

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Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

Daniel has earned his reputation as a leading practitioner in the property sector by developing strong and lasting relationships with…

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Hak Jun Lee

Partner, Auckland

Hak Jun specialises in banking and financial services and has extensive experience in property law and overseas investment…

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John Buchan

Partner, Christchurch

John specialises in corporate and commercial law and in particular, commercial property. He acts on a wide range of transactions…

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Julia Gabrielle

Partner, Christchurch

Julia is a commercial partner with a focus on a range of property transactions.  She has acted for both public and private sector…

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Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Sherridan specialises in advocacy and commercial litigation, with considerable expertise and experience in…

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Terence Ng

Partner, Auckland

Terence specialises in banking and finance, corporate and commercial, and property law…

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Tom Bennett

Partner, Auckland

Tom specialises in real estate, construction, procurement and infrastructure projects…

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