Miles Dean

Miles Dean

Special Counsel


  • Commercial Law
  • Project Financing
  • Property Law
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate

WSG Practice Industries


New Zealand

Miles is a senior commercial property lawyer in the Wellington property team. He advises a range of both private and public clients on all aspects of commercial property matters, delivering his advice in a timely manner and taking into account his clients’ commercial drivers.

Miles assists his clients throughout the sale and purchase process, having acted on a number of large scale and complex due diligence exercises for both vendors and purchasers. This includes business transactions including significant property portfolios of mixed freehold and leasehold land, as well as complex standalone properties. He also has significant experience advising clients on the implications of the Overseas Investment Act on their property transactions.

Miles also has particular experience acting for landlords and tenants in complex leasing arrangements, including documenting agreements to lease and development agreements for significant new builds and refurbishment projects. Recently, Miles has also developed expertise in large scale residential developments.

Bar Admissions

2005, New Zealand


LLB (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington
BA, Victoria University of Wellington
Areas of Practice

Commercial Law | Construction | Project Financing | Property Law | Property Management | Real Estate

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a Rising Star – Real Estate and Construction, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

The Implications of Holding Over at Lease Expiry
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty in many aspects of our business and personal lives. In some cases, it has made what were already complex business decisions even more complicated. An example of this is the decision that a tenant has to make at the end of its lease – whether to renew its existing lease (if it has a right to renew), negotiate a new lease for its existing premises (if it does not have a right to renew), or move to new premises...