Property

Our team works with clients to achieve outstanding results on New Zealand's most high-profile property and real estate matters.  We provide a full range of property law services throughout New Zealand — offering our clients both practical local knowledge and national expertise.

Overview

Our team are leaders in the market

We are best known for our work on significant and technically-challenging property and real estate matters.

We collaborate with our clients' project teams and stakeholders to identify practical solutions and deliver successful outcomes.

We advise on all aspects of property and real estate law, including:

  • Acquisitions, disposals and all other land-related transactions, including under the Public Works Act 1981
  • Leasing, including leasing negations, documentation and management
  • Property development and urban regeneration projects
  • Property and real estate finance
  • Due diligence projects
  • Property maintenance and compliance issues
  • Māori land law matters, including Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and the protocols associated with tikanga Māori
  • Property documentation, including licences, easements, encumbrances and covenants.
We have international experience and expertise

We act for clients based in Asia and other parts of the World. We have expertise in the Overseas Investment Act, we help international clients navigate the Act's complex requirements. We have vast experience obtaining exemptions and consents with the Overseas Investment Office.

Our team can support you through property-related disputes

We have experience in property-related disputes including acting on:

  • Major rent review arbitrations
  • Outgoings liabilities
  • Maintenance obligations for landlord's
  • Disputed agreements for sale and purchase.
High-profile clients trust us

We have provided successful outcomes for the following clients:

  • Auckland Light Rail
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Sky Television
  • Contact Energy
  • Grand Lakes Management
  • Hotel Management (Featherston Street)
  • Olam Food Ingredients New Zealand
  • Precinct Properties
  • Landcorp Farming
  • Norske Skog Tasman
  • Auckland Council
  • Ministry of Education
  • GMP Pharmaceuticals
  • Generus Living Group.
  • 'Mid-market' deal of the year at the New Zealand Law Awards 2022 – for our work acting for Hotel Management (Featherston St) as well as over 150 different unit owners, on the sale of Rydges Wellington to NZ Hotel Holdings Asset LP


Work highlights

Auckland Light Rail

We advise Auckland Light Rail on the property aspects of the Auckland Light Rail project.  Read more here

Let's Get Wellington Moving

We advise the consortium of local authorities and the Crown on the property aspects of the Let's Get Wellington Moving project.  Read more here

Auckland Council and Eke Panuku Development Auckland

We advised Auckland Council and Eke Panuku Development Auckland on the Aotea Station Over Station Development project above and adjacent to Te Wai Horotiu as part of the City Rail Link project.  Read more here

Auckland Council and Auckland Transport

We advised Auckland Council and Auckland Transport on Precinct Properties' Commercial Bay development, including the disposal of QE Square and the acquisition of the subterranean title for the City Rail Link project.

Contact Energy

We advise Contact Energy on a variety of property issues, including mitigation agreements, access licences, leases, easements, encumbrances, and negotiations with iwi.

Department of Internal Affairs

We advised 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.  Read more here


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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Paula Ormandy

Partner, Auckland

Paula specialises in leasing, property development, and high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals. …

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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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