Ross Bedford


PARTNER

 

DDI 09 306 6722
Mobile 021 729 325
Email rbedford@mcveaghfleming.co.nz
Location Auckland Office
Expertise Business, Personal Matters, Property
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About

I help corporates, small businesses and private clients with a range of transactional work and estate planning issues. My work includes advising a major telecommunications operator on the legal aspects of its mobile network.

Clients tell me they use me because I’m accurate, I turn work around quickly and I give them an answer. They say I deliver simple solutions and that I put in the extra yards to get deals across the line.

For example, three – four years ago I was involved in a large 21 unit subdivision that was about to die as a result of a sunset clause that was built into the contract. My client really wanted to sell the subdivision and so I called all parties and galvanised them into action. As a result, the sale went through before the deadline. Satisfied clients and a job well done are what motivate me.

If you decide to work with me, I’ll take the time to listen to you at the outset and ask questions to ensure that I know exactly what you want and need. I’ll then agree a timeframe with you and get your work done within it.

You can expect me to promptly return your phone calls and to take ownership of all work done by members of my team. I am a straight talker and a clear communicator who doesn’t use legal jargon unless necessary.

Qualifications

BA, University of Auckland 1983

LLB, University of Auckland 1989

Admitted to the NZ Bar 1990

Memberships, Professional Affiliations and Directorships

Member of Forest and Bird

Background

After getting an Arts Degree I did my big OE, before returning to New Zealand and working for a roading company for nine months. I then studied for my LLB and worked for Martelli McKegg and Davenports before joining McVeagh Fleming in 1996. I became a partner in 2000.


Outside Interests

Despite having a family I have never really given up the backpacking lifestyle. Over the past few years I have travelled with my wife and three children to East Africa, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

I enjoy wine and food, and keeping fit through cycling, the gym and tramping. The most enjoyable hike I’ve done is the Greenstone/Routeburn track in the South Island.

Examples of Transactions

  • Undertaking a large estate planning exercise for a family trust set up in the 1960’s, worth $30m. The trust structure wasn’t right for the family and my role was to restructure it so that it did what it needed to. I was able to take the family from a state of stress to one of comfort.
  • Advising on a number of commercial and residential subdivisions where time really is critical. In many instances, my clients are carrying costs of up to $10,000.00 per day, so looking for ways to save time saves them a lot of money. I pick up the phone, put in the hard yards and get things done.
  • Acting for a party on a joint venture of numerous quarry operations throughout the North Island, including arranging requisite financial arrangements for joint venture agreement in a form satisfactory to the parties but including commercial pre-requisites for our client.
  • Advice to leading telecommunications company on agreements in relation to required Rugby World Cup mobile coverage. This involved dealing with various Councils, Trust Boards and Sports Foundations.
  • Lead provider for substantial telecommunications company on tenure acquisition for mobile network including leases, licences, easements and purchase. The various forms of acquisition required dealing with a myriad of property owners of various types throughout New Zealand and included, at times, extensive complicated negotiations relating to disputed tenure and interpretation of existing rights and the ability to modify facilities pursuant to relevant contracts and within statutory parameters.