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‘Pre-eminent’ practice Bell Gully is representing Waterfront Auckland in a wide-reaching redevelopment. The highly rated Andrew Peterson is handling a number of development projects, including Britomart precinct. Practice head Jane Holland gives ‘good commercial advice’, and is advising Auckland Transport on eco-friendly leasings. Belinda Green and Hugh Kettle are also recommended.
A ‘superior’ practice, Chapman Tripp advised Telecom on the development and leasing of its new Wellington office. Bill Sandston acted for Shanghai Pengxin in its controversial application to purchase Crafar Farms. Matthew Carroll and Mark Nicholson are also recommended. Construction specialist Brian Clayton joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP’s Abu Dhabi office.
At Russell McVeagh, practice head Ed Crook handled the property transfer involved in Telecom’s $4.3bn demerger; David Butler advised Kiwi Income Property Trust on a $160m development; and Alan Paterson acted on the sale of Apex Retail Centre. Greg Thompson has set up his own practice, Thompson Blackie Biddles.
Simpson Grierson’s ‘experienced’ team is acting on the construction joint venture for Wiri Prison, and advising Auckland Transport in its $1bn Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI). Phillip Merfield gives ‘well-balanced advice’; senior associate Sonia Vitas is an ‘asset’ to the firm; and Greg Towers is also recommended.
Buddle Findlay has strong public sector experience, with clients including the Treasury, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It is working with CERA on Christchurch’s redevelopment plans, and is also acting on Auckland’s New Lynn regeneration.
DLA Phillips Fox’s ‘traditionally strong’ practice has far-reaching international capabilities, through its relationship with DLA Piper LLP. The firm is assisting Wellington City Council in relation to the Embassy Theatre redevelopment. Practice head Justin March and Sharon Skinner are recommended.
‘Outgrowing its boutique status’, Greenwood Roche Chisnall is acting for Transpower on national grid upgrades, including land acquisition, compensation entitlement and construction matters. It is also advising the government on new retirement village legislation. John Greenwood and David Chisnall are recommended.
Kensington Swan is ‘truly specialist in construction law’, with the ‘outstanding’ Andrew Skelton particularly rated for his contentious work. Practice head John Meads handled all aspects of Wellington’s Taranaki Street Apartment development through to its final sale.
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts’ ‘strong and consistent’ real estate team is headed by Ross Pickmere, who recently advised Silverdale Hospital on developing a greenfield hospital project. Andrew Monteith advised Auckland Council on the development of Ormiston town centre. Stephen Price leads the construction team.