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 assists both retirement village operators, and a statutory supervisor, in relation to acquisitions and the registration of statutory supervisor security documentation.

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.

Property/leasing advice to New Zealand’s largest Telco Property portfolio

Provided property and leasing advice to Spark, the largest telecommunications provider in New Zealand, on lockdown leasing issues and the adoption of new processes/documentation for Spark’s registered lease portfolio.

Helping Waitemata District Health Board roll out the COVID 19 vaccine

Assisted Waitemata District Health Board in securing acceptable terms for a short-term licence of the ex-Warehouse unit in Highbury Shopping Centre, on the North Shore – the DHB’s first vaccination centre.

Commercial subdivisions

Provided advice on structure, and content of title and Association documentation, and completed complex industrial subdivision and subsequent sales.

Mixed-use tower development

Advised on the development of a mixed-use high-rise tower development in the Auckland CBD.


  • 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