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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)

Bell Gully provides 'excellent service and thoughtful advice and understands the commercial imperatives'. 'The advice mirrors clients' strategic objectives and delivers the outcomes they seek'. Its work encompasses complex projects in the private and public sectors, energy and natural resources matters, and environmental law for clients including Auckland Transport and Crown Infrastructure Partners. In Wellington, projects specialists Hugh Kettle and David Chisnall lead the practice, and key partner Andrew Beatson has 'excellent legal knowledge coupled with commercial acumen; he is strong at finding solutions to unique situations'. Energy partners David Coull and Chris Gordon (who 'quickly identifies the key issues and is always calm and solution-focused'), and public law expert Simon Watt are standout practitioners. Senior associates Claire Harmsworth, the 'helpful, commercial' Toni Forrest and the 'thorough, lovely-to-deal-with' Angela Harford are also recommended. In Auckland, infrastructure partner Tom Bennett stands out for his work regarding Auckland’s transport infrastructure. 'Her advice is both concise and exact, and she turns work around very quickly and efficiently', say clients of senior associate Natasha Garvan.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Bell Gully¬†'provides high levels of service, its responsiveness is consistently excellent and the firm has real depth and breadth of property law expertise coupled with sound commercial acumen'. In Auckland, real estate practice head¬†Andrew Petersen¬†is 'highly responsive and displays excellent commercial judgement'. He advised TńĀmaki Redevelopment on the development of a mixed tenure housing project that was converted from social housing.¬†Karl Anderson¬†and Wellington-based¬†Hugh¬† Kettle¬†also played key roles. Among the firm's standout practitioners are¬†Jane Holland,¬†who handled an acquisition for Vital Healthcare Property Trust,¬†Simon Ladd¬†and construction, infrastructure and local government specialist Tom Bennett,¬†who is 'a star - his expertise in the construction area makes him a top lawyer, and he is pragmatic, effective and conscientious'.¬†David Chisnall¬†is among the most experienced¬†commercial property partners in the country. 'Thorough-yet-pragmatic' special counsel Sally Whincop¬†and senior associates¬†Ian Becke¬†and¬†Paula Ormandy¬†are also recommended.

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Within: Leading individuals

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    The Government announced on 24 July that it has launched a comprehensive overhaul of the Resource Management Act (RMA) by setting up a review panel to conduct a wide-ranging review of the entire resource management system.
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