Ross Bedford

Partner and Notary Public

Auckland Office
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Areas of Expertise

Commercial Property and Bodies Corporate
Land and Property Disputes
Notary Public
Residential Property – Buying & Selling
Telecommunications Law
Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney


Ross  helps companies, small businesses, and individuals with legal issues related to transactions and estate planning. He works with clients in a variety of industries and has experience advising a major telecommunications operator on the legal aspects of their mobile network.

Clients appreciate Ross for his accuracy, quick turnaround time, and straightforward solutions. He is known for going above and beyond to ensure deals are completed successfully. For example, he was able to save a 21 unit subdivision from falling through due to a deadline by bringing all parties together and getting the sale completed before the deadline. Ross is motivated by satisfied clients and a job well done.

If you choose to work with Ross, he will take the time to understand your needs and goals, agree on a timeframe, and keep you updated on progress. He is responsive to phone calls and takes ownership of work done by his team. He communicates clearly and avoids using legal jargon unless necessary. As a Notary Public, Ross is also able to assist new immigrants as they start their new life in New Zealand and may also serve as their lawyer.


After obtaining an Arts Degree, Ross travelled abroad for a "big OE" (overseas experience). He then returned to New Zealand and worked for a road construction company for nine months. Afterwards, he pursued an LLB and held positions at Martelli McKegg and Davenports before joining McVeagh Fleming in 1996. He was promoted to partner in 2000.

Main practice areas


BA, University of Auckland 1983

LLB, University of Auckland 1989

Notary Public, 2020

Admitted to the NZ Bar 1990

Memberships, Professional Affiliations and Directorships

Member of Forest and Bird


Examples of transactions

  • Undertaking a large estate planning exercise for a family trust worth $30m, restructuring the trust to better serve the family's needs.
  • Advising on commercial and residential subdivisions, where time is critical and clients can incur significant costs. He looks for ways to save time and money for his clients.
  • Acts for a party on a joint venture of numerous quarry operations throughout the North Island, arranging the financial arrangements and ensuring they meet the needs of all parties involved.
  • Advised a leading telecommunications company on agreements related to mobile coverage during the Rugby World Cup, dealing with various councils, trust boards, and sports foundations.
  • Advises on tenure acquisition for a mobile network, including leases, licences, easements and purchase.
  • He deals with a variety of property owners and handles complex negotiations regarding disputed tenure and modifying facilities within legal parameters

Outside interests

Ross has never fully abandoned his love for backpacking. He has travelled with his wife and three children to various destinations such as East Africa, Vietnam, and Cambodia in recent years.

In addition to exploring the world, Ross enjoys wine and food, as well as staying fit through cycling, gym workouts, and hiking. One of his most memorable hikes was on the Greenstone/Routeburn track in New Zealand's South Island.