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Sarah Blackmore


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Sarah is a property and construction lawyer who specialises in commercial leasing, 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, commercial leasing, development agreements, subdivisions and financing transactions.

Sarah also specialises in the acquisition, disposal and management 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 supply agreements.

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


Sarah's recent experience includes advising:

  • Goodman Property Trust in connection with a number of acquisitions, development projects and leasing transactions across its Auckland portfolio including the acquisition of T&G Global Limited's Mt Wellington head office and distribution facility at 2-6 Monahan Road on a sale and leaseback basis.
  • A JP Morgan managed fund, on the establishment of a joint venture fund with Stride Property Group, known as Industre Property, to hold the industrial properties previously in Stride Property Group's portfolio.
  • Kiwi Property Group in relation to the formation of a 50/50 joint venture with Tainui Group Holdings in relation to Centre Place North in Hamilton.
  • PSPIB/CPPIB Waiheke Inc. on the sale of Bethlehem Shopping Centre, Tauranga to PMG Generation Fund.
  • A wholly owned subsidiary of Munich Reinsurance, in relation to the acquisition of forestry interests in New Zealand including the acquisition of Craigpine's Forest Estate in Southland and the acquisition of the Tokomaru Forest Estate in Gisborne.
  • An Australian sustainable forestry company on its purchase of a local forestry company.
  • A leading US based forestry fund with respect to its New Zealand forestry estate including subdivisions and divestments.
  • A New Zealand registered bank in relation to its diverse property portfolio, including retail branches, ATMs and commercial offices.


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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