Property development
Commercial leasing
Unit titles
Commercial sales and purchases


LLB (Victoria University)

Responsibilities / Memberships
Property Council member

Debra has worked as a property lawyer since her admission and was a Director at AlexanderDorrington since its inception through to 31 March 2020. She has an intense interest in property and property law. This experience allows Debra to get the job done quickly and effectively for her clients. She consistently delivers the best value for money.

Debra’s experience in property law has provided her with many prestigious opportunities. She has been an elected representative of New Zealand property lawyers and in that role sat on the executive for the Property Law Section for almost a decade. She regularly presents NZLS property seminars, workshops and webinars. She is named as a leading individual in the real estate and construction category for The Legal 500 and has been for a few years running now.

Her clients include commercial and residential property developers, large scale property owners, managers, lessors, lessees, bodies corporate, residential societies and property investors. For these clients, Debra puts in place legal structures, completes detailed due diligence enquiries, prepares subdivision documentation, assists in sales and acquisitions, negotiates leases and deals with a full range of property matters.

Recent Projects:

  • Lead partner on the 3 stage unit title subdivision of SugarTree residential development of approximately 700 units. Work included determining the appropriate legal structure for the precinct; incorporating staged completion of the development and retail and residential units; simplifying complex title structures; preparing complex subdivision documents; overseeing multiple sales, including settlement of almost 300 units due in a single day.
  • Acting for a community of like minded people establishing a cohousing community including recommending and establishing the ownership structure.
  • Acting for a publicly listed company over many years, in relation to its property matters. Work included various sales and purchases; the negotiation and preparation of multiple industrial design-build lease agreements and associated matters.
  • The acquisition of three different high-rise commercial properties in downtown Auckland. This work was for various entities associated with a single Hong Kong based family. It included full involvement in the due diligence enquiries, subsequent negotiations and funding and settlement of the transactions. Each of the purchases involved multiple leases.
  • Acting for a limited partnership comprising local and Chinese interests in the development of a retail precinct. This included a number of properties, some of which are for future development and sale. It involved creating overarching obligations intended to impact on a range of property owners and tenants. The development of this retail precinct structure was a significant undertaking. The interplay between retail units owned by different parties, the requirements of the Unit Titles Act 2010 and the need to create a coherent precinct raised many different legal issues.
  • Acting for a private company in the subdivision of land into approximately 150 sites. Work included developing detailed covenants controlling the activities within the subdivision and overseeing multiple sales, generally on builders’ terms.

3 things you might not know about Debra

  1. She hate’s apostrophes in the wrong places
  2. E ako ana ia ki te reo Maori
  3. She nearly walked the length of the country, until COVID-19 stopped her 531km short of Bluff

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