On the Move | October 2019

Francelle Lupis joins Greenwood Roche as Partner to lead their resource management team  

Francelle advises on a broad range of resource management issues.  Specialising in assisting clients with major urban development and infrastructure projects, in particular residential (including retirement villages), water and wastewater, education (tertiary and secondary), town centre and large master-planned developments (retail, commercial), quarrying and clean-fills.  She has considerable experience managing large project teams across a range of disciplines.

Francelle also offers specialist advice on law reform and district and regional plan formulation.  She was closely involved in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan process, including convening submitter working groups to reach collaborative outcomes, and participation in mediations/hearings for a large number of clients and industry groups.


Lane Neave welcomes Ed Smithies to its national property practice

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

Ed 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, said he was delighted to welcome a lawyer of Ed Smithies calibre and market reputation to the firm.

“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,” said Shaw.

“Ed’s appointment strengthens our capability and reflects our aim to attract market leading lawyers.”

“We see a lot of opportunity in the property market as more and more clients are turning to Lane Neave for advice.”

“Ed’s skills not only complement the current team, but also add a new dimension to our current practice which will be of great value to the clients we work with.”

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