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Julia Batchelor-Smith

Julia Batchelor-Smith

Senior Associate

MinterEllisonRuddWatts
New Zealand

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A specialist property disputes resolution lawyer, Julia provides expert legal advice and dispute resolution services in all aspects of construction and commercial property. She advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction and commercial property matters, including construction contracts, acquisitions, divestments, leasing issues, due diligence, joint venture development arrangements and adjudication disputes under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.

Julia has particular expertise in weathertightness issues. She represents the full spectrum of affected parties (including bodies corporate and owners, developers, builders and contractors) in mediation, Court and the Weathertight Homes Tribunal.

Julia has also written extensively on strategies to achieve work/life balance, effective practice management and gender diversity. She is the author of Balancing Work and Life: A Practical Guide for Lawyers published by Lexis Nexis (2015) and regularly comments in the media on diversity in the legal profession and the full spectrum of issues impacting the working parent. Julia is a sought-after speaker, having addressed the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Universities, legal associations, private and public companies, and industry bodies.


Education

LLB University of Auckland
BA (Political Science) University of Auckland
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

Member Auckland Womens Lawyers Association
Member New Zealand Society of Construction Law
Member Property Council of New Zealand
Member Auckland Womens Lawyers Association
Member New Zealand Society of Construction Law
Member Property Council of New Zealand




Professional Activities and Experience

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, New Zealand (2009 - present)
Lovells LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2006 - 2009)
Goldman Sachs JBWere, New Zealand (2005 - 2006)
Bell Gully, New Zealand (2003 - 2005)

Articles

Balancing Work and Life: A Practical Guide for Lawyers, Lexis Nexis, 2014
Betterment - A Balancing Act, NZ Lawyer Magazine, 2010


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