Lane Neave welcomes new Partner

National law firm Lane Neave is pleased to announce the addition of a new Partner to the firm’s Auckland office.

Ed Smithies is a leading property specialist with 15 years’ experience in both New Zealand and the UK. He becomes the fourth Partner in Lane Neave’s national property practice, now one of the country’s largest.

Ed has a track record of advising domestic and overseas clients on significant real estate capital market transactions, commercial investments and developments across the real estate sector.

Lane Neave Managing Partner, Andrew Shaw, said he was delighted to welcome a lawyer of Ed Smithies calibre and reputation to the Partnership.

“It is always a pleasure to promote our talented future leaders through the firm.

“We have a strong focus on attracting and growing the most talented people to ensure that our clients get the best advice to help them solve problems and realise opportunities.

“The addition of Ed to the firm’s Partnership highlights the success of that strategy,” he said.

Ed Smithies’ experience includes advising clients on the negotiation of sale and purchase agreements, leases, development agreements and construction contracts. He regularly assists overseas investors in managing the overseas investment approval process.

“Ed’s promotion is another important step not only for the growth of the property team but for the continued progression and expansion of Lane Neave’s Auckland presence,” said Andrew Shaw.

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