Miles Dean

Special Counsel - Property and Real Estate

Miles is a senior commercial property lawyer who provides timely and commercial advice on all aspects of his clients’ property arrangements.

Miles develops strong and ongoing relationships with clients operating in both the public and private sectors.  His clients include: New Zealand’s largest fuel retailer, Z Energy; NZX-listed property fund, Precinct Properties; the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities.

With a diverse property practice, Miles advises across clients’ full property portfolios.  He assists with buying and selling both commercial and forestry assets, leasing, subdivisions, and property finance.  He also advises on the implications of property legislation including the Overseas Investment Act (OIA), Unit Titles Act (UTA), and Public Works Act (PWA).

Much of Miles’ recent focus has been on assisting clients with large scale residential developments, helping to deliver affordable housing at scale.  He advises from the early due diligence stage through to documenting agreements for sale and purchase and complex development agreements.  His experience acting for Crown clients in this area has given him a deep understanding of the Crown land disposal process.

Miles is also an expert in commercial leasing.  He assists landlords and tenants with negotiating and documenting their leasing arrangements.  He has a particular expertise in advising on complex turnkey tenancies and integrated fitouts. He also advises on issues as they arise during and at the end of the lease term, including maintenance and reinstatement obligations.

Clients appreciate Miles’ depth of knowledge, drawing on over 15 years’ experience in property law.  Miles believes that excellent legal advice first requires a genuine understanding of his clients’ needs.  He listens to his clients’ commercial and strategic goals and delivers advice tailored to meet those goals.  He enjoys getting involved in projects early, allowing him to help shape those projects as they develop.

Related Articles


05 July 2021

Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2021: The Second Amendment


09 June 2021

Maximising government support for your sustainability projects


10 November 2020

A breach of lease may not mean the end of a lease

Professional background

Recent work

KiwiBuild Underwrite

Acting for Kāinga Ora’s KiwiBuild unit on the initiative to bring new, affordable homes to market.  The role includes supporting the KiwiBuild unit to develop key template documentation for the Crown underwrite for “off the plans” KiwiBuild homes.  Also involves negotiating agreements with a range of development partners and stakeholders.

Government’s Land for Housing Programme

Acting for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on its land for housing programme, focused on better utilising surplus Crown land and private land for the delivery of affordable housing at scale.  Activities include providing strategic project advice, undertaking due diligence on proposed sites, acquiring relevant land, and negotiating development agreements with private sector developers.

Z Energy’s property portfolio

Advising Z Energy’s in-house legal team, property team, and external lease managers on all aspects of its property portfolio.  Includes involvement in the strategic management of its portfolio, retail network, truck stop network, aviation sites and terminals, as well as its development programme for new retail sites.

Precinct Properties’ leasing and development

Acting for Precinct Properties on its office and retail leasing arrangements and development activities throughout its Wellington portfolio.  Recent highlights include negotiating and documenting yet to be announced tenancies within the retail space at 1 Willis Street.

Government property advice

Advising a range of government departments and other entities on their “business as usual” property needs, including the Department of Corrections, the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry for Primary Industries, and TAB New Zealand.


  • 2005, New Zealand


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


  • Member, Property Council New Zealand (PCNZ)
  • Member, Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society


  • Commercial Leasing
  • Due Diligence
  • Forestry
  • Government
  • Overseas Investment Office Approvals
  • Property Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Property Development
  • Property Finance


  • Member of MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 Real Estate Team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific