Partner, Auckland

Paula Ormandy

Paula Ormandy


Paula specialises in leasing, property development, and high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals.  Paula has a particular interest in construction and infrastructure projects and has advised on many of New Zealand’s iconic vertical build projects for a wide range of principals including large New Zealand and international corporates and iwi and major contractors.  She is one of the few lawyers in town who can offer clients a 'one-stop shop' of integrated development expertise - from construction contracts, to development agreements and leases.

Paula is recognised as a leader in the emerging Build to Rent (BTR) and alternative housing markets in New Zealand and is often approached by media to provide insights and commentary on BTR.

Paula is a member of the Property Council’s Advisory Group and is the Chair of Property Council New Zealand’s Residential Development Summit.

  • Next Generation Partner, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
  • Member, Property Councils Advisory Group
  • Chair, PCNZ’s Residential Development Summit

Work highlights

Acting for Fisher & Paykel Appliances

on its recent acquisition and development of its new global headquarters in Penrose, its first New Zealand Experience Centre and the leasing of several new distribution centres

Acting for Kiwi Property

on the development of its first Build to Rent project at Sylvia Park

Acting for Pernod Ricard

on the sale of its Tamaki industrial site for NZ$55m

Advising the Department of Conservation

on the development and implementation of its Housing Policy

Advising ANZ Bank

on its retail and office leasing portfolio

Acting for Google

on its New Zealand leasing and development arrangements