If you are buying a house, negotiating a multi-million-dollar lease on a commercial building, or acquiring land for a large development project, you need help from experienced property lawyers who know what they are doing.
Businesses acquiring or disposing of property interests need input from advisers who know the industry as well as the law – advisers who can identify the many risks, and manage them in a way that is commercially appropriate, legally sound, and cost-effective.
We have a substantial practice in the buying, selling, developing, subdividing, unit titling, financing and leasing of all types of property – especially office, industrial, retail, rural, residential and mixed-use properties. Our clients include overseas and local investors and developers, multi-national tenants, Crown agencies, shopping centre owners, and lessees of high country stations.
Our work for central and local government agencies covers the acquisition of land interests for roading, power and other public works, related compensation issues, disposals, construction and infrastructure, large-scale development and leasing transactions, treaty settlements, and the management of Crown property portfolios.
Our team works closely with clients to get a good understanding of their business and their present and future needs. We are supported by colleagues in other teams, such as planning, construction, infrastructure, health and safety, public law, finance, and dispute resolution.
Commercial leasing can be complex and difficult. We have expertise and market knowledge to help you maximize the value of your assets and avoid costly disputes.
Experience includes acting for:
We have extensive experience in the sale and purchase of commercial properties and subdivision of commercial land. We are skilled in handling multi-tenanted commercial properties and act for many institutional investors. In recent years, we have acted on the sale and purchase of over NZ$500 million worth of office buildings and land in Auckland and Wellington.
Our experience includes acting on:
Public works and infrastructure projects require expert advice and insight into the different legal, political, financial, and strategic issues involved. We have acted on every significant State Highway project in the upper North Island in the last 12 years. We have recognised expertise with the Act, the acquisition and disposal of land, compensation and valuation issues, and wider Crown land law issues.
Major changes to the unit titles legislation and regulations have turned the way unit title developments are administered on its head. The changes are many and complex. It is essential to get early legal advice to avoid unnecessary expense and delays. We have substantial experience in dealing with the multitude of issues.
We have considerable expertise regarding earthquakes and other disasters. We provide advice on landlord / tenant issues (insurance, repairs, rent abatement, lease termination and cordons), health and safety, construction, building standards, legislative provisions, and the powers and duties of local authorities. We also provide advice regarding the legal duties relating to asbestos.
Our experience includes acting for a number of Wellington and Christchurch tenants affected by earthquakes, and providing advice on compensation and termination rights.