Ross is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial property and construction lawyers. He brings more than 35 years’ experience, 25 as a Partner at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, to his diverse property practice with a focus on commercial property, construction, projects and development.
Known for his commercial and affable approach, Ross has been the principal legal adviser on some of New Zealand’s’ significant land development and urban renewal projects. His portfolio includes forestry-oriented development, staged and mixed-use developments, and major commercial building and transportation projects.
Ross’s expertise extends across a broad spectrum of industries including building, forestry, education, health and ageing, transportation and energy. He advises on environmental issues and industry specific regulatory controls including the Resource Management Act, the Building Act and Overseas Investment Act compliance.
Ross is widely recognised for his legal advice on all aspects of commercial property including property ownership, acquisition, divestments, title structures and commercial leasing. He is skilled in the development of strategic sites including providing investment structure, multi titled developments, and logistics facilities leasing.
Ross regularly acts for large publicly listed property companies, private development groups, property portfolio owners and managers on a broad range of projects and transactions across all asset classes including office developments, shopping centres, subdivisions (industrial, residential and multi-titled) and industrial sites.
Some of Ross’ long-standing clients include Southern Cross Hospitals Limited, Village Roadshow Limited, Westpac, on the development and lease of new $120 million New Zealand headquarters in Britomart, Fonterra, on a major road/rail logistics facility in Te Rapa, Ports of Auckland, and NZ Refinery on property/pipeline matters for jet fuel, diesel and petrol from Marsden Point to Wiri.
Ross is consistently named as a leading individual in his field in both Asia Pacific Legal 500 and PLC Which Lawyer legal directories.
Areas of Practice
- Major projects/PPPs
- Natural Resources
- Property Law
- Real Estate
Leading individual - Asia Pacific Legal 500 - 2006-2015
Recommended individual (Real Estate) - PLC Which Lawyer - 2011/2012, 2010/2011
LLB University of Auckland, 1973