I am a litigation partner at Glaister Ennor working closely with the firm’s property teams. I specialise in providing legal advice and support on all aspects of resource management, local government, and unit titles law.
My particular areas of expertise are:
- advising and representing clients on resource management
- advising and representing clients on unit titles and body corporate disputes
- conducting due diligence and attending to overseas investment act matters; and
- negotiating for landowners under the Public Works Act.
I advise landowner and developer clients on all aspects of land development under the Resource Management Act 1991 and related legislation. I provide legal advice and support in respect of resource consent applications, plan changes, development contributions, and pre-purchase due diligence. My work includes representing applicants and submitters at council hearings and before the Environment Court.
I have developed a particular interest in unit titles law. I advise bodies corporate, unit owners, and body corporate managers on their respective rights and obligations under the Unit Titles Act 2010. I also prepare and negotiate body corporate management and property management agreements. And, I have appeared in the Tenancy Tribunal and High Court in respect of unit titles’ disputes. My work also includes advising on remedial works issues, operational rules, and governance issues.
I often provide advice on the application of the Overseas Investment Act 2005 to proposed property acquisitions. In conjunction with the firm’s property teams, I carry out due diligence associated with the acquisitions and disposal of property.
I advise and negotiate on behalf of landowner and occupiers whose land is being acquired under the Public Works Act 1981 and have appeared in the Land Valuation Tribunal.
Matters that I have worked on include:
- providing strategic advice in respect of proposed subdivisions and land use consent applications
- representing applicants and submitters at council hearings and in the Environment Court for resource consent applications and private plan change requests
- representing submitters at council hearings and in the Environment Court in respect of plan changes including most recently the Auckland Unitary Plan
- advising bodies corporate and unit owners on their rights and obligations under the Unit Titles Act including governance issues
- representing bodies corporate in unit titles disputes before the Tenancy Tribunal
- obtaining reinstatement schemes under section 74 of the Unit Titles Act for bodies corporate involved in significant remedial works projects
- advising on and drafting building management agreements and variations to building management agreements for bodies corporate
- advising on and drafting body corporate operational rules
- preparing and assisting with applications for consent to acquire sensitive land under the Overseas Investment Act
- preparing and assisting with due diligence reports relating to the acquisition of residential and commercial properties, development sites, and Slipper Island
- acting for landowners in respect of the acquisition of land by NZTA and local authorities for roading projects including the Newmarket Viaduct, Waterview Connection, City Rail Link, and West Kinloch Arterial; and
- advising landowners in respect of neighbour disputes relating to trees, shared driveways and fences.
Vicki is a Partner who does not share liabilities of the partnership.
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