Partner, Christchurch

Julia Gabrielle

Julia Gabrielle (2)



Julia is a commercial partner with a focus on a range of property transactions.  She has acted for both public and private sector clients in numerous acquisitions (including residential and business park development sites, existing commercial buildings and large scale hotel acquisitions) and divestments.  She has also advised on associated development funding, construction contracts and leasing arrangements.  Julia has expertise in the growing market of carbon forestry and frequently advises on complex and technically challenging commercial property transactions.

Julia also has particular expertise in trust law and frequently advises both private and institutional clients in relation to a wide range of trust matters, including in relation to:

  • Discretionary and charitable trust establishment
  • Variation, resettlement and winding up advice
  • Technical legal opinions
  • Charities law (including the incorporation and registration of charitable trusts under the applicable legislation)
  • Compliance with the Trusts Act 2019.
  • Trustee of the Buddle Findlay Child Health Foundation

Work highlights

Advising Drylandcarbon and Forest Partners

on all property aspects relating to the deployment of its committed capital, including land acquisitions, forestry right agreements and registered property rights

Advising a number of significant Christchurch developers

in post earthquake rebuild work

Advising Christchurch International Airport

on its new on-airport hotel, including in relation to franchising and management arrangements

Advising a large wine manufacturer and distributor

on general commercial issues including property specific matters

Acting for a key property developer

on the acquisition, development, disposition and leasing of commercial property

Acting for large residential building companies

on property development including the provision of general commercial advice

Alternate contacts

Jan Etwell

Partner, Christchurch
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Jan leads the Christchurch banking and financial services team.  She has particular expertise in regulatory compliance including…

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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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