Firm Profile > Lane Neave > Christchurch, New Zealand

Lane Neave
PO BOX 13 - 149
CHRISTCHURCH
New Zealand

New Zealand > Labour and employment Tier 2

Lane Neave has a broad practice covering workplace law, health and safety and, in particular, immigration law. Its work spans traditional areas such as privacy, minimum employment entitlements, human rights and holidays, as well as specialist streams of work. The firm provides a ‘genuineness and the ability to tell it like it is, rather than what the client wants to hear, that is much appreciated’. Andrew Shaw in Christchurch leads the two-partner practice and focuses heavily on public policy and regulation, with Fiona McMillan in Auckland specialising in assisting employers on issues ranging from disciplinary matters to collective bargaining.

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‘Over the years we have been well served by Lane Neave in all aspects of employment law.’

‘As well as being there when we have specific issues, the team also proactively communicates and runs seminars throughout the year for relevant and topical areas.’

‘I always find the team at Lane Neave goes out of its way to understand what we as a business are trying to achieve and to deliver pragmatic advice that sets out options and risks. I believe that we have developed a relationship that allows them to temper my stubbornness and ultimately deliver the right response for the business. Special mention goes to Andrew Shaw who oversees the team and of late our interactions with special counsel Gwen Drewitt, specifically around the myriad of issues generated through the Covid-19 effects on business.’

Key clients

Super Liquor Holdings Limited

ANZCO Foods Limited

Ritchies Transport Limited

Waitemata District Health Board

Department of Corrections

Gore District Council

Lyttelton Port Company Limited

Bus and Coach Association New Zealand (Inc)

Competenz

Southern Response New Zealand Limited

New Zealand > Banking and finance Tier 3

Known for 'managing expectations well and providing excellent service and advice', Lane Neave continues to grow its presence in the market, particularly in the area of property and development funding. The firm acts for banks and finance companies in development projects across New Zealand, as well as handling a range of other finance transactions including securitisations and receivables financing for lenders, issuers, trustees and professional managers. The firm is also actively involved in debt capital markets issuance. Other areas of expertise include mining finance and regulatory advice. Head of banking and finance Evelyn Jones in Auckland and head of corporate Gerard Dale in Christchurch are the lead partners. Associate Jacob Nutt is regarded as a rising star.

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‘Lane Neave is very conscientious and delivers to the timeframes imposed on them by us and our customers. They manage expectations well and provide excellent service and advice.’

‘Jacob Nutt is very thorough in the work he does for the bank and importantly goes the extra mile in terms of pointing out things and alerting our attention to items that may not necessarily have been requested in scope but he believes are important for the bank to be aware of.’

‘Jacob Nutt is always going the extra mile to deliver to timeframes and is very pragmatic at offering innovative solutions when issues present themselves creating pressure.’

‘Its smaller practice allows them to provide more personalised and personable service, and a better understanding of their clients’ needs and how best to assist compared to larger firms where there can be a tendency for small clients and engagements to be treated as second-best.’

‘The service and advice provided by Evelyn Jones and Jacob Nutt is prompt, practical and both value-add and value-for-money. Throughout an engagement they remain cognisant of their client’s drivers and goals, they communicate openly and often, and they maintain personal accountability for matters within their control.’

‘Lane Neave’s banking and finance practice is reasonably small and boutique but this means that the partner, Evelyn Jones, directly oversees all transactions and is on top of any issues that arise. This is the key difference to other firms, that may have larger teams. Evelyn has the experience and expertise to act on behalf of lenders in complex financing transactions.’

‘The Lane Neave team is quite small, mainly comprising Evelyn Jones and associate Jacob Nutt. Both Evelyn and Jacob are very attentive to detail, consider all aspects of a transaction, respond in a timely manner, provide very good legal analysis of issues but not legalistic, as they have a commercial perspective, which enables any issues that arise in transactions to be worked through.’

‘The level of service from the team is first-rate. They are always prepared to meet challenging timeframes and able to manage the work flow to deadlines.’

‘The individuals I deal with have considerable expertise with the receivables transactions I specialise in. The individuals are able to offer well-balanced advice and to identify the key legal issues, but they are also able to weigh that against commercial realities.’

‘I found the Lane Neave banking team very professional and responsive. Our bank regularly engages their professional services on client transactions as well as compliance and contract review work. They really understand our business and our products. I have a huge sense of confidence in their work. They are our trusted advisers and they provide us with top-tier service at a fair price each time we deal with them. Work is always precise and of an exceptionally high standard. Evelyn Jones recently assisted us in resolving a delicate and complex commercial matter. She really understood what was important to the bank and she protected the bank.’

‘I have enjoyed working with the Lane Neave’s banking and finance team. I always feel that the team is available to assist when needed and they are relatable, pleasant and friendly to deal with. Partner Evelyn Jones is one of our “go-to” experts. She is a very assured, effective practitioner who delivers first rate, practical advice.’

‘The team were great to work with and helped us work through the documents we were reviewing in a timely fashion and were very thorough.’

‘The individuals were very forthcoming with information, extremely helpful and took time to explain things to us.’

Key clients

Bank of New Zealand

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Bank of China

China Construction Bank

New Zealand Public Trust

Credit Union Baywide (trading as NZCU Baywide)

Mainland Investment Management Limited

Bridgewest Group, Bridgewest Finance and Bridgewest Finance (New Zealand)

Auckland Trotting Club Incorporated

New Zealand > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Lane Neave joins the ranking this year and is best known for its work in successfully resolving complex commercial disputes especially in the primary resources, infrastructure and property sectors, particularly in the South Island. It also has a strong track record in contentious insolvency disputes, and in advising stakeholders in insolvency matters including administrators, liquidators, receivers, directors, and financial creditors. Infrastructure is a key sector and the firm is currently defending a major South Island electricity distribution network in a multimillion-dollar damages claim. Ben Russell in Christchurch leads the three-partner practice, in which Rebecca Scott plays a key role.

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‘I have dealt with Ben Russell and found him attentive, responsive, measured and practical. Ben has been easy to work with, values client input, is not keen to over-lawyer things and has a realistic appraisal of likely outcomes.’

‘Thoughtful and customer-focused, the team keeps us informed and consults with us at every significant step.’

‘They work hard to act in our best long-term interests.’

Key clients

Orion New Zealand Ltd

Wellington International Airport Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers – liquidators of various companies including Chesterfields Preschools Ltd

Synlait Milk Ltd

Westland Milk Products

Huadu International Management Group

Trustees Executors Limited

Ashton Wheelans Ltd – liquidators of Corbel Construction

Queenstown Lakes District Council

NZSki Limited

Selwyn Pastures Limited

Ashburton Licensing Trust

Body Corporate 81822 Sanctuary Villas

Body Corporate 389593 35 Riccarton Road

New Zealand > Investment funds Tier 3

The team at Lane Neave is 'practical, knowledgeable, efficient, responsive and technically competent'. The firm joins the ranking due to its growing workload and expertise in structuring and establishing managed investment schemes. Its investments and financial services practice also has close ties with prudential supervisors and trustees such as New Zealand Public Trust, as well as market regulators. Claire Evans in Christchurch is head of the practice and co-head of the corporate group. Senior associate Matthew Tolan is also recommended.

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‘The team is practical, knowledgeable, efficient, responsive and technically competent, with some outstanding partners in specialised areas.’

Key clients

Williams Corporation Capital Limited

MIE Pay Limited

New Zealand Public Trust

Credit Union Baywide (trading as NZCU Baywide)

Spiderworks Limited

Bridgewest Group LLC

Bathurst Resources Limited and BT Mining Limited

Pegasus Health (Charitable) Limited

Veritide Limited

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Lane Neave has a busy M&A practice that frequently handles the local aspects of global transactions. Recent examples include the acquisition of CSG by Fuji Xerox. The firm has a prominent role in transactions in the non-bank deposit-taking sector, having been involved in mergers and incorporations of New Zealand-registered credit unions. Another key sector is minerals, with the firm advising resources companies on joint ventures, corporate strategy and day-to-day corporate matters. Gerard Dale and Claire Evans in Christchurch lead a six-partner corporate group that has a national presence through its four offices. 'They are very good at putting advice into plain English', remarks one client.

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‘Lane Neave have a very wide and diverse range of professional lawyers covering all subject matter, essentially experts for all the key commercial portfolios. They like to engage collaboratively and are very good at putting advice into plain English!’

‘Joelle Grace worked with us on some contract law and M&A deals. She is a straight shooter with a solid transactional skillset – highly organised and a great communicator.’

‘Graeme Crombie worked with us on some fair trading  and consumer guarantee and privacy policy with a marketing lens. He is very knowledgeable, understanding risk mitigation. He is solid in the tech space as well.’

Key clients

Credit Union Baywide

Bathurst Resources Limited

BT Mining Limited

Sanderson Management Limited

Pegasus Health (Charitable) Limited

Canterbury District Health Board

Ngai Tahu Property Limited

Woolworths New Zealand Limited

Bridgewest Group LLC

Williams Corporation Capital Limited

Mie Pay Limited

New Zealand Public Trust

Veritide Limited

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 4

Lane Neave expanded its resource management and environmental law team during the last two years. The firm is predominantly focused on projects in the natural resources and the energy sector, as well as large-scale commercial, industrial and residential property development, coastal, conservation and tourism issues and infrastructure projects. Newly promoted partner Joshua Leckie in Queenstown leads the practice. Associate Annabel Hawkins in Christchurch, who joined from Meredith Connell in 2019, specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law.

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Bathurst Resources Limited and BT Mining Limited

Cardrona Alpine Resort Limited

Woolworths New Zealand Limited

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Remarkables Station Limited

University of Otago

DHL Global Forwarding (NZ) Limited

Arrowsouth Properties Limited

Mt Iron Junction Limited

Shundi Queenstown Limited

Triple Connection Limited