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Peter Duncan

Peter Duncan


To make an appointment, please contact Samantha Torok samantha.torok@tompkinswake.co.nz

Qualifications : LLB, University of Auckland.


Recommended Lawyer for Bios 2038    The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2050 Recommended Lawyer 2022 Legal 515

Peter is a property law specialist, with deep expertise in local government property law. Peter joined Tompkins Wake as a Partner in 2006 and has more than 40 years’ experience practicing law. 

Noted as a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 for Asia Pacific, Peter has taken a leading role in the delivery of property legal advice to the firm's Local Government clients, including Hamilton City Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, and others.

In addition, Peter is an expert in strategic asset planning, working with our private clients on personal asset planning and property-related matters. Peter works as a trusted advisor to families on inter-generational succession planning, trust and asset re-organisation and variations to existing trusts.

Peter is also a trustee of several high-net-worth discretionary family trusts. 

Areas of expertise

  • Charities and Incorporated Societies
  • Commercial Property Transactions
  • Elder Law
  • Local Government Property
  • Public Works Act
  • Succession Planning
  • Trusts and Asset Protection
  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • Subdivisions and Property Development
  • Reserves and Endowment Land

Other Credentials

  • A music aficionado, Peter is an honorary solicitor to the Hamilton Caledonian Society
  • Senior member of the Hamilton Caledonian Society’s Pipe Band
  • Trustee of the Lewis Turrell Memorial Trust
  • Honorary solicitor to Central North Island Centre of the Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands’ Association
  • Life member of The City of Auckland Pipe Band
  • Recommended Lawyer, Real Estate and Construction, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024


  • The development, subdivision and sale of a very large greenfield residential development in Te Atatu Peninsula for Waitakere Properties Limited (1995-2004)
  • Negotiating complex contracts for the construction and operation of a wind farm at Te Uku for a Farmer Client (2007)
  • Helping design and implement the strategy for the sale and securitisation of Hamilton City Council’s pensioner housing portfolio (2015-16)
  • Designing and implementing succession strategies for several successful Waikato families (2006-16)
  • Advising on the complexities relating to land status and development potential of significant landholdings by Hamilton City Council (2013-16)
  • Advising and demystifying legal issues for our private clients.

Offer-back under the Public Works Act

When land has been held for a public work and is no longer required for a public work, the Public Works Act (PWA) requires the land to be offered back...

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