Lily Barnes

Special Counsel

I am a commercial and property lawyer based in our Queenstown office. I act for a wide range of clients, from first home buyers and start-up businesses to large-scale commercial operators and property developers.

I enjoy providing my clients with timely and pragmatic advice that is solution focused.

My experience includes:

  • Property transactions: residential, rural and commercial conveyancing, commercial leasing for both landlord and tenant.
  • Property development: structuring and titling for small and large-scale subdivisions both locally and nationally. I assist clients from early feasibility stages right through to land acquisition, development funding, preparing and reviewing sale and purchase agreements and covenants, advising on infrastructure arrangements with local authorities and service providers, forming private water schemes, establishing ownership groups such as resident societies and companies, and titling of individual lots.
  • Commercial: business and share acquisitions and disposals, preparing and reviewing terms of trade and business contracts. I enjoy assisting SME clients across multiple industries including trades, services, retail, horticulture and manufacturing. I also assist my commercial clients with business structuring including succession planning and shareholder agreements.
  • Personal client: asset structuring including preparing wills, enduring powers of attorney and family trusts.

I am actively involved in a number of local community groups and not-for-profit organisations in the Southern Lakes region. I am on the board of the Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association.