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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Property and Construction




David is an expert in real estate and construction matters. He has a strong track record of successfully advising domestic and overseas clients on some of the most complex development and commercial investment projects in New Zealand. 

David has also successfully assisted many overseas investors in the acquisition of New Zealand real estate, including farmland, and is highly experienced in managing the overseas investment approval process.


LLB, BA University of Canterbury.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

(Leading individuals: Real estate and construction)

David ButlerRussell McVeagh

The real estate and construction practice at Russell McVeagh is ‘hardworking, commercial, smart and focused‘. The firm climbs the ranking having grown its workload of high-value real estate and construction matters for domestic and overseas property institutions, and corporate property owners and occupiers. The firm’s front-end construction practice is increasingly involved in large infrastructure projects, not least in the renewable energy sector. Construction disputes are also a key feature of the firm’s work. Ed Crook leads the practice with construction litigation specialist Polly Pope. Both are based in Auckland, as are key partners David Butler, Anna Crosbie and the newly promoted Caleb Hensman. Pope and senior associate Michael Taylor are ‘client-focused, well-prepared and commercial‘.