Property Law


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Buying or selling property, be it a family home or investment property, is one of the biggest decisions and financial commitments that most people will make in their lives.

No two transactions are the same and we pride ourselves on thoroughly checking all documentation, highlighting potential issues and dealing with any problems that arise.

Our Property Law specialists include a number of our partners, consultants and senior staff who can provide you with advice and guidance on a wide range of property matters including:

  • Buying or selling a residential property
  • Buying or selling a rural or lifestyle property
  • Commercial sales and purchases
  • Mortgages and refinancing
  • Subdivisions

Buying or Selling a Residential Property

If you are buying a property, we can advise you on what conditions you need to include in your agreement and what checks you need to make to ensure that the property you are buying meets your requirements.

If you are selling a property it is important to understand what warranties or guarantees you are making when you sign the agreement.

We will guide you through the entire conveyancing process and advise you on any issues that may arise.

Buying or Selling a Rural or Lifestyle Property

We can assist you with the conveyancing process, including:

  • Checking terms and conditions for the sale or purchase of rural properties
  • Including farming provisions
  • Checking Fonterra share clauses
  • Assisting with GST provisions of the agreement
  • Checking titles, LIM reports, valuation reports etc
  • Drafting/checking Fonterra share and supply transfers
  • Checking easements and covenants
  • Checking sharemilking contracts
  • Completing settlement statements and GST invoice
  • Arranging and preparing bank documents and bank security documents
  • Completing Land Information New Zealand requirements

We can advise you on what types of conditions or clauses you need to put into your agreement for your benefit or protection. We will work with your farm advisor and accountant to ensure that your requirements and obligations are carried out.

Commercial Sales and Purchases

We can help with the conveyancing process, including the following:

  • Drafting/checking agreements for sale and purchase
  • Checking leases
  • Searching and checking titles
  • Arranging and checking LIM reports
  • Checking company office records
  • Preparing mortgage and other security documents for banks
  • Preparing GST tax invoice and settlement statement
  • Completing conveyancing aspects of sale and purchase

We can advise you on the terms of any lease that might be in place on the building, or assist you with finding out information from the council on zoning requirements etc.

Mortgages and Refinancing

Our Property Law specialists can assist with the following:

  • Negotiations with banks
  • Arranging release of existing securities
  • Preparing/compiling new loan documents
  • Preparing mortgage securities
  • Completing repayment of existing loans
  • Drawing down of mortgage advances
  • Completing title checks


Having helped clients with a number of subdivisions, we will work with you throughout the entire process and can assist with the following:

  • Checking subdivision consent terms and plans
  • Liaising with surveyors
  • Communicating with councils and council solicitors
  • Crafting terms and conditions for easements and covenants
  • Preparing new title applications
  • Arranging mortgagee consents
  • Lodging and registering subdivision documents in Land Information New Zealand
  • Completing issue of new titles
  • Drafting terms for agreements to sell subdivision lots
  • Completing Land Information New Zealand registration