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Sarah Blackmore

Special Counsel

Real Estate & Construction

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Sarah is a property and construction lawyer who specialises in commercial leasing, residential subdivisions, forestry, and foreign investment in New Zealand property.

She provides expert advice to clients on a wide range of matters, including acquisitions and disposals of commercial property and businesses, commercial leasing, development agreements, subdivisions and financing transactions.

Sarah has worked on a number of large-scale commercial property transactions. Her expertise extends to the preparation and negotiation of sale and purchase agreements and complex agreements to build and lease. She also provides strategic advice to clients with national property portfolios.

Sarah has a wealth of experience acting for both local and international vendors and purchasers on the acquisition and divestment of forestry assets. She regularly provides advice to forestry clients on key issues including Overseas Investment Office applications, the rights and obligations under crown forestry licences and forestry rights, forest management agreements, access arrangements and pulpwood supply agreements.

She is a trusted and confident adviser who is known for her ability to achieve exceptional results for her clients.


  • An Australian sustainable forestry company on its purchase of a local forestry company – this was New Zealand's largest forestry acquisition and required Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approval.
  • A New Zealand registered bank in relation to its diverse property portfolio, including retail branches, ATMs and commercial offices.
  • A leading New Zealand medical insurance and health care company in the negotiation of the Agreement to Build and Lease for its new corporate head office.
  • A leading US based forestry fund with respect to its New Zealand forestry estate including subdivisions and divestments.


LLB, BA, University of Auckland


Sarah joined Russell McVeagh as a Special Counsel in 2019, prior to which she worked at another New Zealand law firm. She was admitted to the practise in 2004 and is a current member of the Property Council of New Zealand.

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