Partner, Auckland

Tom Bennett

Tom Bennett


Tom specialises in real estate, construction, procurement and local government.

Tom’s work covers both public and private sector clients.  His construction experience includes FIDIC, AS and other recognised construction contract forms, as well as Public Works Act compulsory acquisition, real estate (acquisition, disposal, subdivision and development) and overseas investment.

Tom advised Auckland Transport, which is responsible for Auckland's transport system, on public transport services and infrastructure.  He advised on the procurement of rail services operators, refurbishment and maintenance of rolling stock, supply and maintenance of new electronic trains, and the redevelopment of railway stations and ferry terminals, aspects of the proposed City Rail Link, the Auckland integrated fares smartcard project and the introduction of the public transport operating model (PTOM).

  • Recommended as a leading lawyer for real estate and construction, transport and projects, and resource management (including environment) by Legal500 Asia Pacific
  • Recognised as a notable practitioner for project development and real estate acquisitions by IFLR1000

Work highlights

Advising Auckland Transport

on all aspects of its open-market tender for a long-term Auckland public transport rail services franchise contract

Advising Auckland Transport and Auckland Council

on the C3 (tunnel and stations) contract for the City Rail Link project

Advising the Supporting Growth Alliance (with NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport)

on the interim project alliance agreement and project alliance agreement

Advising Genesis Energy

on various construction contracts for its hydro-electric power station assets

Advising Crown Fibre Holdings

on the New Zealand construction market aspects of its Rural Broadband Initiative project agreement

Advising financiers

for the Pacifica development (residential hotel and retail) and the NXN Apartments development in Auckland

Alternate contacts

Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

Daniel specialises in property law and has extensive experience in property sector, corporate, banking and commercial transactions…

  • DDI +64 9 358 7022
  • M +64 21 618 535


Ed McGimpsey

Senior Associate, Auckland

Ed specialises in real estate, construction and procurement.…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0672
  • M +64 27 696 9202