David specialises in property law, and acts for a broad range of commercial, residential and industrial clients.
His particular area of expertise is in the area of commercial leasing where he acts for international, national and local landlords and tenants. David works with his clients and their agents to ensure their lease documents are tailored to their individual circumstances from the outset.
He also provides ongoing support to his clients with the myriad of issues which can result with a leasing relationship including:
- Assisting with the negotiations around rent reviews;
- Renewals, maintenance and reinstatement;
- Resolving disputes between landlords and tenants; and
- Assisting with the termination of the lease if necessary as a last resort.
David’s expertise also extends to the purchase and sale of commercial land and buildings including negotiating terms and then documenting this in a sale and purchase agreements, undertaking due diligence investigations and advising clients on the on-going management of their property portfolios.
David is also able to assist members of body corporates with any issues which may arise with their unit title developments and compliance with the Unit Titles Act 2010.
Having had his own home red zoned and subsequently working through the process of negotiating an insurance settlement, David has also acquired a personal interest in assisting people negotiate a fair settlement for their damaged homes.
David prides himself on providing tailored, timely and cost effective advice that is not only legally accurate, but also makes practical sense in the real world his clients operate in.
Advising a large Christchurch landlord with the construction and leasing of a new 12 store retail development in Christchurch.
Assisting a national retail tenant with the leasing of new premises in Auckland, New Plymouth, Rotorua, Hastings, Wellington, Nelson and Dunedin.
Advising landlords and tenants of potentially earthquake-prone buildings of their obligations and rights under the lease documentation and legislation.
Advising on the sale of a large unit title retail development in Hanmer Springs.
Assisting clients with earthquake damaged homes to achieve a fair cash settlement with EQC and their insurers.
Advising body corporates on the development and on-going management of their unit title developments to ensure compliance with legislation.
LLB (Canterbury) 2006
Property Team Manager
“Our business and family trust have engaged David Fitchett as our lawyer over many years. Throughout that time we have found him to be a thoroughly professional lawyer with a wealth of knowledge. His excellent communication skills and affable personality means engaging with him on either commercial, professional or personal matters is stress-free and reassuring. He is committed and generous with his time, and always seeks to ensure that we as clients have a thorough understanding of what he is undertaking. David’s expertise, and that of the Cavell Leitch team, has been and continues to be greatly appreciated.”
Claire Coakley – Legal Secretary