Expertise

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.

Need advice on Property?
Contact the expert team at Hesketh Henry.
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).
Key Contacts
Recommendations
Real Estate team ranked in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2018.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2018.

Insights & Opinion / Property

Hesketh Henry Recommended in The Legal 500 Directory as a Leading Firm in 2018
Firm receives recommendations and commentary in 2018 Legal Directories
Hesketh Henry Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Legal Directory
Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Legal Directory
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