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Nicola is a commercial, projects and property lawyer, with vast experience across property development, leasing and construction matters.

An experienced senior associate, Nicola joins Gibson Sheat’s senior teams advising on commercial property development, leasing and front-end construction work. Nicola will split her time between our Wellington CBD & Lower Hutt offices.

Prior to joining Gibson Sheat Lawyers, Nicola spent 14 years at Bell Gully where she gained immense experience acting for a number of public and private sector clients and gained significant commercial property experience, including land transactions, development agreements, commercial leasing and due diligence.

Nicola’s specialties and prior experience are broad, including:
  • Acting for a north-island based iwi in respect of their land holdings and industrial and commercial development projects.
  • Advising a significant property-holding listed company in relation to multiple commercial property developments and acquisitions.
  • Acting for a major bank in relation to its commercial office accommodation strategy.
  • Advising local governments on their office accommodation and redevelopment projects.
  • Advising a charitable trust in relation to its nationwide freehold and leased property portfolio.

Nicola enjoys both project management, where she works with clients and other advisers to get deals across the line, and technical drafting and analysis where she can delve into the detail to ensure the best results for her clients. In all aspects of her work, Nicola applies a commercial eye and can be trusted to get the job done, while providing top quality legal advice.

As a keen advocate for the development, success and retention of all women in the profession, Nicola commits her time as an active member of the Women in Law Committee.