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Ross Pickmere

Ross Pickmere



  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Energy

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Ross is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial property and construction lawyers. He brings more than 35 years’ experience to his diverse property practice with a focus on commercial property, construction, projects and development.

Known for his commercial and affable approach, Ross has been the principal legal adviser on some of New Zealand’s’ significant land development and urban renewal projects. His portfolio includes forestry-oriented development, staged and mixed-use developments, and major commercial building and transportation projects.

Ross’s expertise extends across a broad spectrum of industries including building, forestry, education, health and ageing, transportation and energy. He advises on environmental issues and industry specific regulatory controls including the Resource Management Act, the Building Act and Overseas Investment Act compliance.

He’s widely recognised for his legal advice on all aspects of commercial property including property ownership, acquisition, divestments, title structures and commercial leasing. Ross is skilled in the development of strategic sites including providing investment structure, multi titled developments, and logistics facilities leasing.

Some of Ross’ long-standing clients include Southern Cross Hospitals Limited, Village Roadshow Limited, Westpac, on the development and lease of new $120 million New Zealand headquarters in Britomart, Fonterra, on a major road/rail logistics facility in Te Rapa, Ports of Auckland, and NZ Refinery on property/pipeline matters for jet fuel, diesel and petrol from Marsden Point to Wiri.


LLB University of Auckland
Areas of Practice

Commercial Law | Commercial Litigation | Construction | Energy | Entertainment | Environmental | Major projects/PPPs | Natural Resources | Property Law | Property Management | Real Estate

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a leading Real Estate lawyer The Legal 500 Asia Pacific


Sustainable Future: Conversation Starters for Tenants
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2021

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is actively engaged in The Chancery Lane Project, joining the focused effort from lawyers around the world to develop contract clauses to help fight climate change. Our firm recognises that climate change has broader implications for business and is a key consideration in today’s commercial decision making. We are proud to be the first New Zealand law firm involved in this far-reaching sustainability initiative...

New Zealand's Society has Changed, and Inheritance Law May be Changing Too
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2021

“For most of us, the way we want our property to be distributed when we die is important. Succession of property can express aroha, love and affection, recognise who we consider to be family, support those who we think need to be provided for, and provide benefits for the public good.” This thought provoking quote is used to introduce the Law Commission's recently released Issues Paper that considers what New Zealand’s succession law should look like...

A Breach of Lease May Not Mean the End of a Lease
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

A recent High Court decision is a good reminder to both landlords and tenants of the Court’s power to stop a landlord ending a lease even where the tenant’s breach is serious and deliberate. Landlords need to act with considerable care in exercising their rights to end a lease due to a tenant breach if the breach causes no harm to the landlord but the ending of the lease would have material financial consequences for the tenant...

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