Partner, Christchurch

John Buchan

John Buchan



John specialises in corporate and commercial law and in particular, commercial property.  He acts on a wide range of transactions including developments and subdivisions, construction, leases and financing and security arrangements, including work for various Canterbury territorial authorities, Christchurch International Airport Limited and various private developers.  As part of his property expertise, John provided property and related advice to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and now provides the same advice to Land Information New Zealand.

John also has expertise in local government, advising Christchurch City Council and other local authorities on various local government issues and transactions.

Having been an All Black and having played 100 games for Canterbury, John also has an interest in sports law.

Work highlights

Acted for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

in the acquisition of the residential red zone properties and the acquisition of the central city properties required for the anchor projects forming part of the Christchurch CBD rebuild

Advising Christchurch International Airport Limited

on its Dakota Park industrial development and leasing project

Acting for Richard Diver/Countrywide Property Trust

in the acquisition and development of a number of high profile commercial properties in the Christchurch CBD

Advisory and transactional work

for Christchurch City Council and Selwyn, Ashburton, Waimakariri and Hurunui District Councils

Providing extensive advice on statutory compliance issues

raised by the Public Works Act, Resource Management Act, Land Transport Act (and Regulations), Local Government Act, Commerce Act, and Overseas Investment Act

Negotiating and transacting various commercial contracts

including infrastructure construction agreements and construction contracts

Alternate contacts

Mark Odlin

Partner, Christchurch
Board of Management

Mark specialises in corporate and commercial law and advises on a range of financial, commercial and corporate law matters, including…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3525
  • M +64 21 753 769


Julia Gabrielle

Partner, Christchurch

Julia specialises in general commercial and corporate law, banking and finance and commercial and residential property…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3521
  • M +64 27 683 4373


Blake Cescon

Special Counsel, Christchurch

Blake specialises in property, local government and banking law. He acts for various local authorities, central government, and a…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3524
  • M +64 21 245 7695