Ed Smithies joins Lane Neave

The property lawyer will be special counsel in the firm’s Auckland office.
Lane Neave property lawyer Ed Smithies

Lane Neave has announced that leading property lawyer Ed Smithies has joined the firm, bolstering the national property practice.

With senior property lawyers operating in all of New Zealand’s key markets, Lane Neave has one of New Zealand’s largest and most experienced property law practices.

Smithies brings with him a career spanning 15 years experience in both New Zealand and the UK. He has a track record of advising domestic and overseas clients on significant real estate capital market transactions, commercial investments and developments across the real estate sector.

His experience includes advising clients on the negotiation of sale and purchase agreements, leases, development agreements and construction contracts. He also regularly assists overseas investors in managing the overseas investment approval process.

Managing partner Andrew Shaw welcomed Smithies to the firm, saying, “our national practice is one of the largest dedicated property law teams in New Zealand, enhanced with the appointment of Ed as special counsel in our Auckland office.” 

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