Specialised property and commercial legal services

Pidgeon Judd has extensive property and commercial legal experience with a highly skilled team that offers straightforward, tailored advice to suit your individual and business needs.

We work with all kinds of clients from individuals and family owned businesses to New Zealand enterprises, international companies and trusts.

Property Law

Property Law

Astute legal advice across all aspects of property law including

  • Buying or selling your home
  • Commercial property acquisition and disposition
  • Construction contracts
  • Leasing
  • Financing and restructuring
  • Development and subdivision
  • Unit title and body corporate matters
  • Cross leases, disputes and freeholding
  • Property sharing agreements
  • Retirement Village occupation licence agreements
  • Incorporated Societies
  • Overseas Investment Act
  • Expert evidence
  • Expert Property Determinations

Pidgeon Judd represents the full range of people involved in property from residential owners, developers, investors, financiers, body corporates and property managers. We have been involved in residential, apartment buildings, retail, commercial and industrial developments, as well as hotels and serviced apartments.

Commercial Advisors

Commercial Advisors

Discerning Commercial Legal Support

Our lawyers are specialists in commercial legal advice including:

  • Company formation and ongoing administration
  • Corporate governance 
  • Business sales and purchases
  • Share sales and shareholder agreements
  • Franchisors and franchisees
  • Business structures including partnerships, joint ventures, limited partnerships
  • Contract negotiation and drafting, including terms of trade
  • Insolvency issues
Unit Titles

Unit Titles and Cross Leases

Pidgeon Judd are internationally recognised unit title and cross lease experts. 

Our clients value the practical and professional approach we take to resolving unit title issues and our expertise is highly sought after.

We advise Bodies Corporate, Committees, Chairpersons, unit owners, Body Corporate Managers, vendors and purchasers, developers and real estate agents on a wide range of matters including:

• Unit title conveyancing and disclosure regime, particularly when undergoing remediation or litigation
• Body Corporate Operational Rules
• Maintenance obligations and cost allocation
• Unit property and common property boundary issues
• Remediation works and s74 applications
• Body Corporate Governance and the Chairperson role
• AGM and EGM procedures and proxies
• Committee procedures and delegation

• Body Corporate and Building Management Agreements
• Financial management
• New unit title developments
• Redevelopments
• Reassessment of ownership and utility interests
• Insurance
• Debt Collection
• Body Corporate Disputes
• Cross lease variations and plan amendments
• Cross lease advisory and disputes
• Cross lease conversion to freehold
• Incorporated Societies – formation and governance for property developments
• Expert evidence in unit title and cross lease matters

Joanna Pidgeon and Ben Thomson are frequently asked to present at seminars and conferences on various unit title and cross lease matters. Joanna is also the chairperson of Unit Title Working Group who assisted with drafting the Unit Titles (Strengthening Body Corporate Governance and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. Joanna presented this Bill to Parliament with the Hon. David Seymour MP on 22nd July 2020. We are members of SCANZ, the Body Corporate Chairs Group, and ACSL which are all groups involved in body corporate matters. Joanna is drafting a new memorandum of cross lease form for ADLS, and is part of the campaign to abolish cross leases.

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Trusts and Assets

Trust and Asset Planning

Prudent asset planning and structuring advice 

Our lawyers provide astute advice surrounding protections amongst matters including trust formation and management, general asset protection advice, wills, powers of attorney and estates. 

Do you have a plan to protect your assets?
Let’s make sure you have the right one for you.

• Formation of trusts and administration
• Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney
• Estate planning and structuring advice
• Relationship Property Agreements (prenuptial or separation)
• Trust matters
• Wills
• Estates

Experience, skill and solutions.
Leave the hard work to us.

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