Property Law

The Property Law Committee is one of ADLS’s longest standing Committees and is influential in the development of property law and practice. The Committee is a LINZ stakeholder and has recently been consulted on the proposed upgrade to landonline. The Committee works with industry bodies, the Law Commission and Government ministries on issues such as the Review of the Law of Trusts. It keeps property lawyers informed through regular articles and seminars.

The Committee meets monthly and considers the following matters which are of a property law nature:

  • Reports published by the Law Commission which propose law reform.
  • Bills currently before Parliament and Select Committees. 
  • Preparing submissions to the Law Commission and/or Select Committees. 
  • Providing feedback input to the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society. 
  • Receiving comments and suggestions from practitioners and where applicable acting on those matters.
  • Liaising with banks and financial institutions to ensure that the interests of practitioners is properly represented and advanced.
  • Preparing articles for publication in Law News on topical matters. 
  • Identifying topics of interest for CPD Seminars

The Committee welcomes feedback from practitioners which should be addressed to the Committee’s Secretary, Jodi Libbey.

Morrison Kent

Bryce Town (Convenor)

Bryce, Morrison Kent partner and AoG Service’s Property contact, has 25+ years’ experience documenting complex rural and urban subdivisions, leases, sales, purchases and foreign investments. Bryce consulted with government on the new Unit Titles Act, proposed new Land Transfer Act and LINZ Conveyancing 2020.

Phone 09 303 2164 - Email
Barratt-Boyes Law Practice

John Barratt-Boyes

John was admitted 1980 and has been in sole practice since 1985. He specialises in property and business law and is a member of the Citizens Advice Bureau roster for Mount Roskill.

Phone 09 379 2330 - Email
Graham & Co

Geoff Bilkey

Phone 09 623 0388 - Email
Forest Harrison

Stella Chan

Stella Chan is the founding partner of Forest Harrison and has over 20 years' experience in general legal practice. She specialises in property law and related issues. She is experienced in sale and purchase of real estate and businesses, large land development projects, commercial leasing, immigration law etc.

Phone 09 308 0080 - Email
Glaister Ennor

Anthea Coombes

Phone 09 356 8243 - Email
Pidgeon Law

Liza Fry-Irvine

Liza Fry-Irvine is an Associate at Pidgeon Law specialising in property and commercial law, with particular expertise in unit title developments and Body Corporate Operational Rules. She enjoys contributing to the legal profession at Committee level and educating her fellow professionals by presenting seminars for the Society’s CLE program.

Phone 09 337 0826 - Email
Glaister Ennor

Nicola Harrison

Nicola was admitted to the bar in 2010 and is currently an Associate working in the commercial and corporate team at Glaister Ennor. Prior to admission Nicola was a Legal Executive. Nicola acts for commercial property investors and developers, commercial landlords, franchisors and various SMEs.

Phone 09 356 8243 - Email
Mortlock McCormack Law

Tony Herring

Tony is a Partner at Mortlock McCormack Law in Christchurch practicing in the areas of Commercial and Property Law, with an emphasis on Commercial Leasing and Employment. He acts for a number of Crown clients as a member of the All of Government Property Law Panel and is a Notary Public for the South Island.

Phone 03 377 2900 - Email
Queen City Law

John Jon

Phone 09 970 8810 - Email
Kumeu-Huapai Law Centre

Dail Jones

Dail commenced legal practice as a Clerk in the Magistrate Court at Auckland in 1961. Since then he has practiced in Property Law, Family Law, Criminal, Common Law, Constitutional Law, including four terms and part of a 5th as a Member of Parliament. He especially enjoy Property and Estate work.

Phone 09 412 8380 - Email
DLA Piper

Justin March

Justin March is a partner and practice group leader of the property team at DLA Piper. He advises clients across broad range of industry sectors. He regularly advises international clients who operate across multiple jurisdictions. His clients typically have significant property portfolios.

Phone 09 303 2019 - Email
Inland Revenue Dept

Cleote Van der Merwe

Phone 09 985 7000 - Email
Meredith Connell

Jacqueline Parker

Jacqueline advises clients on a wide range of commercial property matters, including agreements to build and lease, acquisitions and disposals of land, sale and leaseback arrangements, management of commercial property including default, and the Property Law Act 2007. Jacqui has extensive experience in commercial development and lease transactions.

Phone 09 336 7500 - Email
Pidgeon Law

Joanna Pidgeon

Joanna Pidgeon (Pidgeon Law) specialises in property and commercial law, including sales and purchases, leasing, subdivisions and unit titles. Joanna is an ADLS Councilor, Convenor of the Property Disputes Committee and a on the Property Law Committee. Involved in drafting the Sixth Edition Lease suite she has presented many seminars.

Phone 09 337 0826 - Email
Sandringham Law

Mark Robinson

Mark is the principal of Sandringham Law. He has been practicing law for 20+ years in both urban and rural settings. His firm specialises in private client, property and commercial matters. He is new to the committee and looks forward to working with its members to achieve good outcomes for our fellow practitioners.

Phone 021 459 443 - Email
Emma Stanley Law

Emma Stanley

Phone 03 218 3662 - Email

Desmond Wood

Phone 09 369 5780 - Email
28 Apr 2016

Land Transfer Bill 2016

Submission on the Land Transfer Bill 2016

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25 Jan 2016

Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill

Submission on Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Bill

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26 Jan 2016

Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill Exposure

Submission on Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill Exposure

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02 Oct 2015

Residential Land Withholding Tax

Submission on Residential Property Withholding Tax – Issues Paper

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09 Jul 2015

Submission on Taxation (Land Information and Offshore Persons Information) Bill

Submission on Taxation (Land Information and Offshore Persons Information) Bill

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24 May 2013

Submissions on the LINZ Exposure Draft of the Land Transfer Bill 2013

Submission to Land Information New Zealand on the LINZ Exposure Draft of the Land Transfer Bill 2013

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28 Feb 2013

Executive Summary on the Law Commission Review of the Law of Trusts Preferred Approach Paper

Submissions to the Law Commission on the Review of the Law of Trusts Preferred Approach Paper

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08 Feb 2013

Submissions on the Unit Title Amendments Bill

Submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on the Unit Titles Amendment Bill

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01 Feb 2012

Property Managers and Body Corporate Secretaries. Is your money safe?

Paper issued by the Public Issues Committee of the Auckland District Law Society Inc.

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30 Sep 2011

Law Commission’s Fourth Issues Paper on the Review of the Law of Trusts

Submission to the Law Commission on the Fourth Issues Paper on the Law of Trusts; "The Duties, Office and Powers of a Trustee: Review of Law of Trusts Fourth Issues Paper"

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