Ed Crook > Russell McVeagh > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Property and Construction




Ed is a highly regarded, award-winning commercial property and construction expert. He specialises in commercial property development, sales and acquisitions, and property joint ventures, including all associated construction and finance work. Ed is the current Chair of Russell McVeagh’s Property and Construction group.

Ed’s client base is predominantly comprised of institutional property owners, including Goodman, Precinct, Guardians of NZ Superannuation, Auckland Airport, and Scentre Group. Recent deals include acting for NZ Super on the acquisition of Beachlands (250 hectares in East Auckland) through a joint venture; acting for Precinct on its development of Commercial Bay acting for Goodman in connection with the development of the VXV Precinct in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, its joint venture with GIC and the subsequent sale of the portfolio by the joint venture.

Ed started his career in England before moving to NZ in 1999. He has been a partner with Russell McVeagh since 2004.


Ed is Russell McVeagh’s National Practice Group Chair for Property and Construction, and serves on the Ethics Committee.


LLB, BA (Honours First Class), MA, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

(Hall of Fame: Real estate and construction)

Ed CrookRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh’s practice covers the full spectrum of construction and real estate work. On the construction side, it is best known for expertise in highly sensitive disputes, project development, procurement and leasing arrangements. In terms of real estate work, the team specialises in high-value capital markets transactions, acquisitions and sales. Ed Crook leads the firm’s front-end construction offering, which is focused primarily on advising institutional property owners relating to major developments across Australia. Polly Pope leads the firm’s contentious mandates, acting for principals, financiers, contractors and consultants in a diverse range of disputes and significant projects. David Butler stands out for his strong track record when advising on complex capital markets transactions and development schemes. Anna Crosbie and Michael Taylor are also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Auckland.