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David Gilbert

David Gilbert



  • Commercial Law
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Major projects/PPPs
  • Project Financing
  • Property Law
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Property and Real Estate
David is a highly regarded commercial property lawyer who has advised on some of New Zealand’s largest property transactions and developments.

Advising on property acquisitions, property developments and leasing, David has particular expertise in putting together complex acquisition agreements, project contracts, commercial subdivisions, including office, retail and industrial properties, shopping centres and industrial parks.

He has extensive public and private sector experience in due diligence, and the acquisition and disposal of land, retail premises and office complexes. He also has experience advising clients, including the Crown, in the health, military and energy sectors.

David represents major asset managers in their property portfolio requirements from acquisition, including Overseas Investment Office compliance, management and divestment. David reviews and coordinates property leases.

David also specialises in infrastructure projects, with experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom and a focus on public private partnerships (PPP).

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the bar in England and Wales (1997) and New Zealand (1992)


LLB University of Otago, 1991
BCom University of Otago, 1990
Areas of Practice

Commercial Law | Education | Energy | Major projects/PPPs | Mergers & Acquisitions | Project Financing | Property Law | Property Management | Real Estate

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a leading Real Estate lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
Ranked as a Leading Individual – Real Estate and Construction, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Ranked as a Notable Practitioner – Project Development and Real Estate Acquisitions, IFLR1000


PPP Funding and Bankability - Speaker at the Conferenz 2011 conference on Provision of Social Infrastructure through Public Private Partnerships

COVID-19: What’s fair when it comes to rent and outgoings abatement?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2020

As New Zealand progresses through the Government-mandated Level 4 lockdown period in response to COVID-19, we are reminded by our Prime Minister to be kind to each other. In the commercial world, parties generally do not always make business decisions based on kindness. But landlords and tenants will certainly need to work together as they grapple with the issue of a “fair proportion” of rental and outgoings abatement during this period...

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