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Property

Overview
Specialised property law expertise that leaves no stone unturned, no box unticked

If you need a lawyer for property sales, leases, subdivisions or any other aspect of owning or developing residential or commercial property in New Zealand, you can expect courteous, expert and cost-efficient service from Hesketh Henry.

Our track record with property law in New Zealand extends for more than 150 years and some of our current institutional clients have been using our services for over a century. We work with a wide range of property owners throughout the country, from first-time home buyers through to retirement village operators, apartment developers, commercial office investors and large non-government entities, such as church and iwi organisations.

Our sizeable property team includes a significant number of senior lawyers as well as more junior lawyers, who can provide cost effective documentation. We work in an open-plan office environment because it supports collaboration and knowledge sharing. In  property transactions, it’s important to pull together to cost effectively achieve the best outcome for every client. Backing up everything we do is a sophisticated data storage system that allows us to securely share files with clients and the regulatory authorities we deal with.

Where property law overlaps with other areas of law, such as estate planning and disputes, we integrate closely with other Hesketh Henry teams. Our clients appreciate this ‘one stop shop’ experience because it saves time, reduces stress and helps to keep legal expenses under control.

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Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising on the design, build and lease of premises for a confectionery manufacturer which supplies to a major retailer;
  • Advising The Warehouse, NZ’s largest retailer, for the past 20 years;
  • Advising on a range of unit title developments throughout New Zealand, including acting for receivers to complete and sell a complex Unit Title development in a heritage building;
  • In 2008, being involved in the sale of the highest value commercial property sold on Queen Street, Auckland; and
  • Advising on the roll-out for a significant telecommunications provider; cell-site / telecommunications leases, licences over local authority subsoil and street furniture; Department of Conservation concessions; airspace rights and easements (including over pastoral lease land).
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Recommendations
Real Estate team ranked in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2020.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2021.
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Insights & Opinion / Property

COVID-19: OIO Urgent measures – Coming soon!
The Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Amendment Act 2020 (“Amendment Act”) was passed on 28 May 2020 and received Royal Assent on 2 June 2020.  The majority of the Amendment Act will ...
COVID-19: Update on buying and selling property during alert level 3
The guidelines for Alert Level 3 have been issued and will be in place as of today, Tuesday 28 April 2020. New Zealanders are now able to move house during Alert Level 3, including moving between regi...
28.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Property Law
At first glance: Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2020 
On 19 March 2020, the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2020 (the “Bill”) was introduced to Parliament.  The two key intentions of the Bill are to strengthen and simplify the ove...
COVID-19: Lease in default?  Rent not paid on time?
Intended PLA Law Changes during COVID-19
COVID-19: Buying and selling property during level 4
The imposition of COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown (“Lockdown”) is adding stress to what is generally a stressful time for New Zealanders buying or selling their homes.  It has been said that an e...
15.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Property Law
COVID-19: Rent abatements during level 4 – updated 14th April 2020
With the COVID-19 Level 4 Eliminate now in force, so that the part of the population not providing essential services must stay home, what is the position with the payment of rent and outgoings by tenants?
New National Interest Test Proposed for New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Rules
The New Zealand Government has recently announced yet more proposed changes to New Zealand’s overseas investment rules to be introduced early next year.
27.11.2019 Posted in Foreign Investment
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