Ross Pickmere > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

Work Department

Real Estate




Ross is one of New Zealand’s leading real estate lawyers. He brings more than 35 years’ experience to his diverse property practice with a focus on commercial property, forestry, agribusiness, and projects and development. Ross also provides expert advice to high net worth individuals and trustees on private wealth matters.

Known for his commercial and affable approach, Ross is ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Hall of Fame for Real Estate and Construction. He has been the principal legal adviser on some of New Zealand’s most significant land development and urban renewal projects.

Ross works on large-scale, complex, commercial property deals. He has advised on deals that have changed the dynamics of Auckland’s CBD, including the development of the Viaduct Basin, the Britomart precinct, Westpac’s Head Office in Britomart, and the PwC Tower in Commercial Bay. He advises major tenants in the commercial industrial sector on large, custom design and lease premises. He also assists with sales, purchases, and leases of shopping centres and mixed-use developments and sale and lease backs of portfolio properties. He regularly advises on the requirements of the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) in New Zealand.

Ross has extensive experience in forestry acquisition, divestment, and operation. He advises on various forestry ownership structures as well as matters relating to forestry operations, processing plants and wood supply contracts, OIO compliance and consents, Māori land issues, operational easements, and access rights. His expertise extends to the agribusiness sector. He has acted for vendors and purchasers of New Zealand vineyards, orchards, and vegetable growers and distributors, including in the context of receiverships and distressed sales.

Ross has a separate private wealth practice. He helps high net worth clients with the establishment of asset plans, succession planning, trusts, and wills. He also advises on enduring powers of attorney (EPAs), property sharing agreements, and resettlement of trusts. A trustee himself of many trusts of high net worth people, Ross is well placed to provide expert and empathetic advice to other trustees.




LLB, University of Auckland (1973)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

(Hall of Fame: Real estate and construction)

Ross PickmereMinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has ‘strength in its leadership to motivate all staff and deliver excellent lead advice’ to clients. The practice specialises in all front-end and back-end aspects of construction and real estate developments, with a particular focus on new transport, renewable energy and social infrastructure schemes. Janine Stewart, who leads on the construction side, primarily advises clients during major domestic developments and complex litigation. David Gilbert heads the real estate team and handles commercial transactions or procurement in various sectors, including hotels and leisure, whilst Mark Crosbie and Travis Tomlinson are key names to note for construction matters. Other key contacts include disputes expert Stephen Price and infrastructure specialist Sarah Sinclair, as well as Ross Pickmere for commercial property mandates. All named lawyers are based in Auckland, aside from the ‘approachable, friendly and problem-solverAndrew Monteith, who splits his time with the Wellington office.