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Bell Gully

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Auckland, Wellington

Tom Bennett

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Bell Gully

Work Department



Property and real estate, Public law, Transport, Construction, Infrastructure and projects, Information, communications and technology, Overseas investment, Residential property, Water, waste and contamination


​​​​Tom’s work focuses on construction, procurement and real estate for public and private sector clients. His experience includes FIDIC and other recognised construction contract forms, Public Works Act compulsory acquisition, real estate (acquisition, disposal, subdivision and development), joint ventures and limited partnerships as a well as overseas investment. Tom advises Auckland Transport, which is responsible for Auckland's transport system, on public transport services and infrastructure. He advised on the procurement of rail services operators, refurbishment of rolling stock, new EMU supply and maintenance, and the redevelopment of railway stations and ferry terminals, aspects of the proposed City Rail Link, the Auckland integrated fares smartcard project and the introduction of the public transport operating model (PTOM).


Member of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law

Member of the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID)


LLB(Hons), BCA, Victoria University of Wellington.

New Zealand

Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

At Bell Gully, β€˜the service is exceptional’. For environmental law and resource management, the β€˜efficient, on-point and persuasive’ Andrew Beatson in Wellington β€˜has complete understanding of his clients’ business and his advice mirrors their goals’. He assisted Nova Energy with the development of its planned 360MW gas-turbine generator at Tihiroa. On the same matter, he also acted for Transpower New Zealand, which is seeking designation of a transmission line to connect the plant to the National Grid. Also recommended are energy partners David Coull, who advised AWE Limited on the sale of its interest in the Tui oilfield, and Chris Gordon; public law expert Simon Watt; and projects specialists Hugh Kettle and David Chisnall. In Auckland, energy partner Garry Downs, projects partner Tom Bennett and β€˜friendly and accommodating’ senior associate Natasha Garvan are highly regarded. Anadarko Petroleum and Contact Energy are also clients of the firm.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Bell Gully is β€˜highly responsive and provides excellent service with in-depth knowledge and excellent commercial understanding’. Clients have β€˜total confidence in the team’s advice’. In Auckland, the β€˜highly respected’ Andrew Petersen is β€˜commercially astute with the ability to translate knowledge into solutions’. Also recommended are β€˜excellent team leader’ Jane Holland; construction, infrastructure and local government specialist Tom Bennett; Karl Anderson for his β€˜excellent attention to detail’; and, in Wellington, Hugh Kettle and commercial property partner David Chisnall, who β€˜get to the point quickly and have excellent experience’. Chisnall advised Precinct Properties on developments under its NZ$500m government contract, including the largest-ever office development project in New Zealand, which secures 68,000 sqm of office space across five buildings. Another highlight saw Holland act for Stride Property Limited in its NZ$545m acquisition of the Westfield Queensgate shopping centre in Lower Hutt and the Westfield Chartwell shopping centre in Hamilton.

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Within: Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Bell Gully β€˜approaches everything in a professional manner and the lawyers are always available to discuss matters’. The firm has a long track record in aviation, roading, rail and maritime matters, and is hailed by one client as β€˜a good bunch of people who are easy to get along with and provide extremely good value for money’. Auckland-based competition partner Torrin Crowther advised Air New Zealand on its strategic alliance with Air China for a new daily direct service between Auckland and Beijing. Tom Bennett and Wellington-based Andrew Beatson act for Auckland Transport, with one recent matter involving consents and appeals work for the NZ$400m Mill Road project. PPP specialist Hugh Kettle advises New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) on major roading projects, including the recent NZ$850m procurement of a new road of national significance as part of the Transmission Gully PPP.

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