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Julian Smith

Julian Smith

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As a leading commercial property lawyer, Julian specialises in infrastructure, acquisitions and development. He has accumulated substantial experience and expertise in public works, electricity projects, complex subdivisions and infrastructure leases and easements.
Julian has acted for a range of commercial and government sector clients, including major infrastructure providers. He has recently been involved in the acquisition of land for the new Dunedin Hospital, the amalgamation of New Zealand's rural and urban fire services, the development of new fire and emergency services stations, and the acquisition of property rights for transmission line and generation projects. Julian also regularly provides advice to multiple electricity lines companies on their network development and property requirements.

In recent years, Julian has submitted on changes to electricity and land transfer legislation and assisted with the drafting of the New Zealand Law Society's Property Transaction Guidelines.

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National War Memorial Park

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National War Memorial Park

National War Memorial Park

The National War Memorial Park in Wellington is being developed as the Government's key project to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landing in the First World War.


Greenwood Roche advised the Ministry for Culture & Heritage on the land and construction aspects of the National War Memorial Park (Pukeahu) project, to be completed for the ANZAC day commemorations in 2015.


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Electricity upgrades

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Electricity upgrades

Electricity upgrades

The national electricity grid is owned by the State-owned enterprise, Transpower New Zealand, with lower voltage distribution lines owned by a range of locally and publicly owned entities.


Greenwood Roche advises Transpower on all property aspects relating to the national grid including the new 400kV-capable transmission line between Whakamaru, in south Waikato, and Auckland.


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Canterbury earthquake recovery

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Canterbury earthquake recovery

Canterbury earthquake recovery

The government has, as one of its key priorities, the recovery and rebuild of Canterbury following the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.


Greenwood Roche advised the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority on anchor projects to assist with the recovery, including the health precinct, the south frame and the east frame.
 
Otakaro was established in April 2016 to take over some of the functions of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, and Greenwood Roche continues to advise on various rebuild projects.  We have assisted Otakaro with the development and associated property matters relating to the north, south and east frames, Margaret Mahy playground, the CTV memorial site, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, the Farmers’ Market and Rauora Park.


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Major new transmission line

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Major new transmission line

Transpower is currently constructing the new 220kV transmission line connecting Wairakei and Whakamaru, assisting with the development of renewable electricity generation around Taupo.


Greenwood Roche has acted for Transpower on the acquisition of property rights for this project. Our work has included the acquisition of easements, Maori land issues, advice on compulsory acquisition rights, emissions trading issues and compensation entitlements.


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New Paraparaumu Substation

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New Paraparaumu Substation

New Paraparaumu Substation

Transpower New Zealand Limited recently commissioned the new 220 kV substation at Paraparaumu, providing additional electricity capacity to the Kapiti Coast.


Greenwood Roche advised Transpower on the property rights required for the new 220kV transmission lines to connect the substation to the existing electricity grid, and on the removal of the existing 110kV lines running from Paraparaumu along the proposed route of the Transmission Gully Motorway.


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Electricity upgrades Major new transmission line Top Energy’s new transmission lines

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Top Energy’s new transmission lines

Top Energy’s new transmission lines

Top Energy Limited supplies electricity to the Far North region and is improving its infrastructure network to increase capacity, security and reliability.


Greenwood Roche is advising Top Energy Limited on several new electricity transmission line projects,in particular the new 110kV lines from Kaikohe to Wiroa and from Wiroa to Kaitaia. Our work includes strategic advice, acquisition of land property rights, Maori land issues, compulsory acquisition, compensation entitlements and forestry issues.


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New Dunedin Hospital

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New Dunedin Hospital

New Dunedin Hospital

Following the acquisition of all land needed for the New Dunedin Hospital, demolition of the existing buildings has commenced - starting with the former Cadbury Warehouse. The $1.4 billion hospital will be developed over the next 6 years and will occupy land on either side of St Andrews Street.


A team from Greenwood Roche is assisting the Ministry of Health on the development of the hospital. We have acted on the alterations to the Dunedin City Plan to facilitate the hospital, the development of the site masterplan, the acquisition of the required land, the payment of compensation to affected landowners and tenants, and on the consents required for the hospital.


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Ministry of Health - Redevelopment of Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals

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Ministry of Health - Redevelopment of Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals

Ministry of Health - Redevelopment of Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals

Over the coming years, the Burwood Health Campus and Christchurch Hospital will undergo a $650 million re-development, the largest investment in public health facilities in New Zealand.


Greenwood Roche has successfully assisted the Ministry of Health in obtaining consent for the Burwood hospital redevelopment and a designation for the new Acute Services Building at Christchurch Hospital. The designation has been progressed utilising the provisions of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act and has required a very thorough and careful assessment of the tests within that Act. 

The hospital project is the third significant development project within Christchurch City that Greenwood Roche has successfully accelerated via the provisions of the Recovery Act. 


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Ministry of Justice - Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

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Ministry of Justice - Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Ministry of Justice - Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

This purpose built precinct will bring Christchurch’s justice and emergency services together on one site in central Christchurch. It is the largest multi-agency government co-location project in New Zealand’s history.


Greenwood Roche advised the Ministry of Justice regarding the resource management aspects of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Precinct.  This project is one of a number of anchor projects we are involved in.


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Experience

Partner, Greenwood Roche 2014 –
Principal, Greenwood Roche 2010 – 2014
Senior Lawyer, Greenwood Roche 2005 – 2010
Senior Solicitor, Chapman Tripp 2004 – 2005
Solicitor, Chapman Tripp 2000 – 2004
Law Clerk, Cuningham Taylor 1998 – 2000


Qualifications

LLB (Canterbury)


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Julian Smith

DDI: +64 4 494 8506

Mobile: +64 21 379 010

Phone: +64 4 494 8500

Email: julian@greenwoodroche.com

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Julian is primarily based in Wellington.

Physical: Level 13
36 Customhouse Quay
Wellington 6011

Mail: PO Box 25501
Wellington 6140

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