Jeff is a Senior Partner in the Commercial Team at Saunders Robinson Brown.

Jeff has practiced law for over 30 years. His extensive experience includes commercial property law (specifically retail property development and leasing), company structuring, partnership structuring, joint ventures, group financing, trust structuring and trust disputes.

Jeff has been involved in a number of committees dealing with the reform of the New Zealand law of trusts. He is also a recognised author of legal publications and frequent speaker at legal conferences.

Jeff's publications include:

  • Contributing Author New Zealand Conveyancing Law and Practice published by CCH New Zealand

  • Contributing Author Equity and Trusts in New Zealand, Butler (ed), Thomson Reuters 2009.

Notable experience

  • Redevelopment and leasing, sale and purchase of numerous shopping centres.

  • Provided advice in relation to the development, financing, and leasing of new regional shopping centre.

  • Acted for the vendor in the sale of suburban shopping centre with over 50 tenants.

  • Acted for landlords in negotiating agreements to lease and deeds of lease with anchor/major tenants.

  • Assisted clients with the structuring of their affairs following the enactment of the new Trusts Act.

  • Restructuring large property portfolios and company structures.


  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

  • Member of Property Law Section New Zealand Law Society

  • New Zealand Law Society

  • Auckland District Law Society

  • Property Council of New Zealand

  • Past member New Zealand Law Society Trust Law Reform Committee

  • Past member New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section Trusts and Wills Technical Committee