Holly Hill

Partner - Property and Real Estate

Holly is a commercial property expert, experienced in providing property law advice to both private and public sector clients.

Holly has a strong interest in commercial leasing and development matters (for both commercial landlords, and corporate and government tenants), along with a wealth of experience acting on property acquisition and divestment projects.

She is valued as a trusted adviser by clients, with whom she enjoys working closely to identify commercially pragmatic solutions.  Holly’s clients include Z Energy Limited, Argosy Property Limited, the Ministry of Education, the Department of Corrections, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Holly provides both long-term strategic and day-to-day advice to tenants on matters arising under their national property portfolios.  Her expertise also extends to building compliance issues, build-to-rent and shared home ownership advisory, property aspects of mergers and acquisition (M&A) transactions, Overseas Investment Act considerations and property finance transactions.

With in-house experience as a senior legal adviser to the New Zealand Government Procurement and Property branch within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Holly has a unique insight into property matters within the public sector.  She regularly advises the Ministry of Education on various regulatory and public law considerations for its school property portfolio, as well as its Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi obligations.  She also advises both public and private sector clients on the application of social and affordable housing policies and initiatives.

Holly enjoys the personal side to the projects she works on – getting to know the client and the wider project team and seeing the results of that teamwork.  Her strengths include her ability to look at issues holistically across her clients’ portfolios and apply this thinking to both one-off transactions as well as more strategic portfolio advice.

Holly was recognised by NZ Lawyer as a Rising Star in 2021 for her leadership qualities and significant achievements.

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Professional background

Recent work

Progressive home ownership

Advising Kāinga Ora on the design and structure of its new progressive home ownership scheme.

Property transactions across the Z Energy network

Working closely with Z Energy’s in-house legal team, property team and external lease managers on all aspects of Z Energy’s national property portfolio, including assisting with strategic management of its property portfolio, transactional advice on its development programme, and other large portfolio transactions.

Large leasing transactions

Acting for Argosy Property in negotiating separate leasing arrangements with tenants at 7 Waterloo Quay, Wellington.

Ministry of Education property portfolio

Assisting the Ministry of Education on various matters affecting its national school property portfolio. The Ministry of Education undertakes more property work than any other New Zealand client, often seen by the market as the exemplar Government client.


  • 2013, New Zealand


  • LLB (Hons), BA, Victoria University of Wellington


  • Commercial leasing
  • Property development
  • Property finance