Paul is a partner in our property team. He is a specialist in commercial property and construction law.

Paul has many years’ legal experience advising private businesses, government agencies and public entities on a broad range of property matters including all aspects of leasing, property management disputes, ownership structures, design build and lease agreements, ground leases, construction and development agreements and related consultant agreements. Paul also has considerable experience advising on earthquake prone building issues, and property related health and safety obligations.

Admission date: 

1988 (England and Wales)

2006 (New Zealand)


Paul has advised: 

  • NZ Transport Agency on all property-related matters in relation to its property portfolio of in excess of 4,000 properties, including leasing and licensing of those properties, acquisition, and access agreements, advising on Public Works Act issues including section 40 rights and obligations, disposal or transfer for another public work, easements and encumbrances
  • Grand Complex Properties on all leasing and development agreements in relation to its multi-tenanted mixed office, retail, food court, childcare and fitness use complex of buildings in Willis Street and Boulcott Street, Wellington
  • New Zealand Post in relation to its Seismic Risk Policy regarding the seismic performance of owned/occupied properties nationwide and devising with them an exit strategy for the highest risk properties
  • Ministry of Education (Education Infrastructure Services) on a review of its construction contracts and on its template property occupation documentation, as well as other property related matters
  • Wellington Waterfront on construction contracts and tender documents for several high profile key waterfront and public space projects
  • Wellington Free Ambulance on leasing and licensing arrangement and construction contracts on several ambulance stations around the Wellington region
  • Queenstown Airport Corporation and Airways Corporation on the negotiation of agreements with local landowners relating to night light facilities and options available for compulsory acquisition under the Public Works Act
  • Ruapehu Alpine Lifts on the negotiation of the Department of Conservation Lease Concessions for the Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Fields, which included extensive negotiations with the Department of Conservation and advising on and revising the public notification and consultation documents prepared by the Department of Conservation




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