Andrew Monteith

Partner - Property and Real Estate

Andrew is a legal expert in the Real Estate sector with particular emphasis on major development and infrastructure projects.

Andrew advises both private sector and public sector clients on all aspects of commercial property. He advises clients on acquisitions and divestments; property due diligence, leasing, large scale developments and subdivisions, joint venture development arrangements, build-to-rent, public works / public sector procurement, and advising overseas companies investing in New Zealand property.

Andrew’s clients include the New Zealand Government, Spark New Zealand, AUT University, Marriott Inc., Cloudy Bay Vineyards, Auckland Council, Waitemata District Health Board and Tourism Holdings.

An Officer of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Real Estate Committee, Andrew is recognised as a key individual in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for his advice on commercial property and construction matters.


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Professional background

Recent work

Government’s Land for Housing Programme

Acting for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), implementing the Land for Housing Programme.

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Legal advisor to the Queenstown Lakes District Council on its transformational project to unlock and procure a $1 billion mixed used development in central Queenstown.

NZ’s largest telecommunications company

Sole supplier of national retail, commercial, infrastructure and mobile property work for Spark.

Auckland University of Technology

Advised on the new tower development from the start of the process, assisting in the initial strategy discussions, and preparing and negotiating the full suite of documents including the development agreement, the lease and the student accommodation services management agreement. Andrew also advised AUT on the acquisition of a central city property which is an important strategic addition to our client’s portfolio.

Marriott Inc

Development and management arrangements in respect of a new Four Points Auckland hotel.

M&L Hospitality Group

Advising on its staged acquisition of adjoining commercial properties in Auckland’s CBD for subsequent development into a mixed use integrated multi-storey development including retail, office, hotel, possible residential use.

MediaWorks property separation

Advised New Zealand’s largest multi-media group, MediaWorks, New Zealand’s largest independent commercial radio and TV broadcaster, on the strategic sale of its television broadcast and production business to global entertainment giant Discovery, Inc.


  • 2000, New Zealand


  • LLB, University of Otago


  • Member, Property Council of New Zealand
  • Member, Technical Advisors Panel
  • Officer of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Real Estate Committee
  • Officer (Editor) Real Estate Section of International Bar Association


  • Commercial Leasing
  • Infrastructure
  • Major Projects
  • Property Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Property Development
  • Public Private Partnerships


  • Ranked as a leading Real Estate lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Recognised in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific's Hall of Fame - Real Estate and Construction
  • Recognised for Real Estate Law (Commercial), Best Lawyers