Alastair Gatt

Senior Associate - Property and Real Estate

Alastair is a Scottish lawyer who has been working in New Zealand since 2007.  He has 30 years’ experience in all forms of commercial, property, and related finance work.

Alastair has a wealth of experience advising on purchases and sales of commercial property (including purchaser and vendor due diligence), businesses, subdivisions, registered leases, and easements.  Alastair has acted for purchasers and vendors of vineyards, farms, and kiwifruit orchards, including obtaining consent to the acquisition of sensitive land under the Overseas Investment Act.

Alastair acts for landlords and tenants in all forms of commercial leasing scenarios, from major retail malls, and large portfolios, through to single commercial premises, but also including rural/farming and grazing leases.  He can prepare and negotiate the lease documentation, and advise and assist with interpretation of existing or draft documentation, the obligations of both parties, lease assignment and/or tenant change of control, and end of lease make-good requirements.

Alastair has acted for both the public and private sectors on a range of local authority matters, including major PFI and PPP projects, and Resource Management Act, Reserves Act, and Building Act compliance matters.

Alastair spent the first 18 years of his career practising in both the private and public sectors in Scotland.

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Professional background

Recent work

Applications for consent under the Overseas Investment Act

Preparing and making applications for Overseas Investment Act consent to the acquisition of sensitive land by “overseas persons”.

Commercial leasing

Providing advice/assistance to entities with substantial, nationwide, lease portfolios, and to vendor tenants on lease aspects of their business sales.


  • 1989, Scotland


  • LLB, Aberdeen University
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Aberdeen University



  • Property Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Overseas Investment Act work and applications
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Property Development