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Joanna Pidgeon, Partner

Joanna Pidgeon

Joanna Pidgeon is a commercial property and business law specialist and the founder of Pidgeon Law. She is results and solutions orientated and client focused in the advice she gives.

Joanna acts for many individuals and small, medium and large sized businesses. She has a particular interest in property and advises on projects including apartment buildings, terraced housing developments, hotel and resort developments, commercial, office and retail building. She handles all aspects of fee simple, unit title, leasehold and cross lease subdivisions, as well as dealing with cross lease issues. Joanna is experienced in leasing matters representing both landlords and tenants and advises on green leasing, together with building and body corporate management issues.

Joanna acts for developers in the acquisition of land, obtaining resource and building consents, construction, subdivision and on sale of completed developments. She is an expert in the Unit Titles Act 2010, and issues relating to the rules, administration and management of body corporates. She is experienced in sales on builder's terms, construction contracts and related finance issues, and in residential conveyancing. She often acts for financiers in property matters, including development projects, and in mortgagee sales.

Joanna often acts in the sale or acquisition of business and advises on commercial contracts. She provides structuring advice, and also advises on insolvency issues. Related to this is her practice in asset planning.

Joanna regularly presents at seminars and conferences on matters including Leasing, Unit Titles, Property Law Act and Residential Tenancies Act among other topics. She also regularly provides advice to other practitioners in these areas. Joanna accepts instructions as an expert witness in property matters.

Joanna is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Property Law Section Land Titles Committee and the New Zealand Law Society CLE Property Law Consultative Group.

Joanna is the President of Auckland District Law Society (ADLS). She has formerly chaired the ADLS Property Disputes Committee and is still a member of their Property Law Committee, and the ADLS lease form drafting subcommittee. Joanna has spearheaded the ADLSI’s campaign for legislation change in the area of cross leases, and has submitted on Unit Title Reform on behalf of ADLS.

Joanna is a member of Auckland Women Lawyers Association. She was a member of the 2020 Conveyancing Workgroup. In 2011, Joanna was awarded a St Cuthbert’s College Old Girls’ Association Making Her Mark Leadership Award.

Joanna is the Deputy Chair and a Trustee of the Auckland City Mission, and chairs their Property Committee.  She was previously a trustee of the Selwyn Foundation for 8 years and is a former director of the New Zealand Mint.

Liza Fry-Irvine, Partner



Liza is a known expert in unit title and Body Corporate matters, and all aspects of the Unit Titles Act 2010. She acts for Bodies Corporate, Committees, Chairpersons, unit owners, and building managers.  Liza also works closely with Body Corporate Managers across New Zealand.

She advises on a wide range of unit title matters, including, governance, operational rules, remediations, section 74 schemes, building management agreements, repairs and maintenance, unit alterations and boundary changes, redevelopments and staged developments, ownership and utility interest reassessments, disputes and general compliance.

Liza is known as a unit title expert within New Zealand and Australia. She sits on the Auckland District Law Society (ADLS) Property Law Committee (and is a previous member of the Documents and Precedents Committee), is an Executive Board Member of Strata Community Association (NZ), is a member of the Body Corporate Chairperson Group, and a member of Australian College of Community Association Lawyers (ACCAL) ; she has spoken at two ACCAL annual conferences.

Liza wrote the ADLS model operational rules and regularly presents seminars on unit title topics to ADLS and New Zealand Law Society members, Body Corporate Chairpersons, Committees, owners, and Body Corporate Managers, and is a trainer for the Strata Community Association (NZ) NZ100 course. She also works with surveyors and co-presented a nationwide roadshow for the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors introducing the Unit Titles Act 2010.

She has drafted submissions to government on several aspects of the Unit Titles Act and is part of the UTA Working Group, previously lead by past minister Nikki Kaye, that lobbied government to improve the Unit Titles legislation.

Liza loves spending time out and about, sharing new experiences with her husband James, and children Zoe and William, as well as spending time in Wanaka having grown up in the South Island.

Jacqueline Parker, Senior Associate
 



Jacqui advises on a wide range of commercial property matters, including agreements to build and lease, acquisitions and disposals of land, sale and leaseback arrangements, management of commercial property and the Property Law Act 2007. She has extensive experience of commercial development and lease transactions and has acted for a number of major retail chains.

Jacqui is a member of the Auckland District Law Society Incorporated Property Law Committee and convenes the Documents and Precedents Committee. She has presented a number of seminars on property related matters, including for the New Zealand Law Society.

Jeremy Whyte, Senior Solicitor



Jeremy is a Senior Solicitor with Pidgeon Law and joined the Pidgeon Law Team in November 2015. Jeremy practices in the residential and commercial property areas together with unit titles, leasing, banking and finance, subdivisions, company and estate planning.
Jeremy values the relationships created with each client and enjoys gaining a thorough understanding of how their business operates in order to achieve the best possible result for a client's individual needs. As well as advising in the unit titles area, Jeremy is the Chairperson of his own Body Corporate which is currently undergoing a remediation project. Jeremy studied towards a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting at Auckland University of Technology
. After graduating, Jeremy worked for a law firm in Taranaki before commencing work at Pidgeon Law. In his spare time Jeremy enjoys travel, keeping fit at the gym and squash court and socialising with friends and family.

Ben Thomson, Solicitor



Ben joined Pidgeon Law in July 2016.  He was admitted to practice law in England & Wales in 2011, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in September 2016.  Born in Wales, Ben played professional rugby for a number of years but following a series of injuries he moved into the legal profession.  Ben practiced as a solicitor  in the UK prior to making the permanent move to New Zealand in 2013.  Before joining Pidgeon Law Ben managed the Auckland District Law Society's widely used suite of legal precedents including the Agreement for Sale and Purchase of Real Estate and the Commercial Deed of Lease. In that role Ben worked on numerous legislative submissions to Parliament  on topics such as the Land Transfer Bill and Residential Land Withholding Tax as well as frequently engaging with key government departments in the areas of property and commercial law.   In his spare time Ben can normally be found at Riverhead Forrest riding  his mountain bike, playing 7-a-side football or closely following the ups and downs of the Welsh national rugby team.

Alex Sheehan, Solicitor



Alex is a Solicitor who joined Pidgeon Law in 2015 after graduating from the University of Auckland, where he completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce, double majoring in Economics and Management Studies. Alex was admitted to the bar in 2016. Alex’s interests within law are wide ranging, including property and commercial law. In his spare time, he is probably planning his next overseas adventure, wine tasting or socialising with friends.


Stephanie Aquilina-Little, Solicitor

Stephanie Aquilina-Little was admitted as a solicitor in November 2017 after joining Pidgeon Law as a law clerk in 2015. Her interests lie in property and international law. Stephanie’s background includes various roles in tourism and teaching; which saw her living with her family in France for a number of years. Stephanie is currently the treasurer of the Auckland Women Lawyers Association..

Eugenia Woo, Solicitor

Eugenia Woo is a solicitor who joined Pidgeon Law in 2016. She completed a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Auckland. She has has a keen interest in commercial law and the intersection of law and technology. She is also passionate about contributing to non-profit organisations and has a background in the dual industries of website consulting and journalism. Eugenia has lived and studied in Singapore, the United Kingdom and Australia, and strives to bring an international perspective to her approach to property law. Eugenia has professional written fluency in Mandarin Chinese.

Philip Hardiman 

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Philip is Joanna Pidgeon’s husband. As practice manager his role is management of all back office and support functions at Pidgeon Law.

A qualified accountant (ACA – NZICA)  Philip has experience in finance, management and financial accounting, risk management, business consulting, process re-engineering, and operations management. Previous roles include finance manager for Genesis Energy, finance manager for Sitel, global assurance manager for Fonterra, and senior manager at Ernst & Young.

As Pidgeon Law's practice manager his role is the delivery of:

    - Investment and enabling growth strategy
    - Firm financial and business reporting
    - Firm working capital and cash flow management
    - A key contributor in the review of staff recruitment, performance, remuneration and development
    - Budgets, Forecasts and Actual financial reports
    - Other day to day firm administration activities