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Michael Wood

BA(Econ) LLB

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5329

M+64 21 772 974

Michael Wood

Michael heads the firm's commercial property group in Auckland. He specialises in property, local government, and infrastructure.

Michael has significant experience across all aspects of property law, advising clients in the public and private sectors on buying, selling, developing, leasing, managing, and operating their property assets. He has an extensive track record advising on major projects. 

Michael has particular expertise in the Public Works Act, including acquisition and compensation negotiations, and the offer back obligations on disposal.

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Real Estate & Construction | Transport 2019 – Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Real Estate 2019 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide Construction & Real Estate 2018 - Market-leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Auckland Transport - City Rail Link: acquisition of surface properties and advice on acquisition of substratum land interests required for the City Rail Link
  • Auckland Council - advising on statutory powers, compensation, and the acquisition of properties associated with the urban renewal of the Northcote Town Centre
  • Solid Energy - land sales programme including matters relating to Public Works Act offer back and statutory rights of first refusal
  • Waterview Connection - land acquisitions for motorway tunnels for State Highway 20 for NZ Transport Agency
  • Auckland Council - Massey North (Westgate) Town Centre land purchase programme for roads and other infrastructure, and undergrounding of the Transpower high voltage line
  • Auckland Transport - land acquisitions for Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI), Dominion Road widening, and Te Atatu Road widening
  • Tauranga City Council - land acquisitions for the Harbour Link project and Tauranga Eastern Link
  • Rodney District Council - Penlink transport project land acquisitions
  • Auckland University of Technology - Business School, Technology Park, and student apartment developments
  • Auckland City Council - Vector Tunnel lease for Auckland's primary high voltage power supply
  • Auckland City Council - Britomart railway tunnel legalisation

Other Credentials

  • Accredited by Land Information New Zealand to undertake Crown property work
  • Property Law Section, New Zealand Law Society - Member