Nick Kearney

Director
DDI
09 486 5803
Bio

A practising barrister and solicitor for almost two decades, Nick’s always had a client-first approach. That approach has come from an incredibly varied career – including six years as a police officer investigating serious and organised crime. After graduating with a Bachelor of Law in 2001, he started his law career at Schnauer and Co before practising law at various firms across Auckland for several years. In 2009, he returned to the Schnauer and Co family and became a Director in 2014. 

Today, he heads up our property and commercial team and consistently works to create a client-focused, down-to-earth culture among the entire Schnauer and Co team. A long-time North Shore local, he’s deeply invested in the North Shore community and is a strong supporter of his old school, Westlake Boys High School.

Qualifications
  • LLB and LLM in Real Estate (University of Auckland)
Memberships
  • New Zealand Law Society;
  • Auckland District Law Society;
  • Property Law Section;
  • North Harbour Club
  • Property law expert and has appeared in the Family Court, District Court and High Courts of New Zealand
  • Completed his masters thesis on the use of caveat emptor in real estate transactions

  • Specialises in complex property law, including large and small scale developments, subdivisions, and commercial property transactions

  • Residential sales and purchases of property

  • Refinancing of loan/mortgage

  • Specialist in unit titles and Real Estate Agents Act 2008 and agents’ rules

  • Property litigation

  • Commercial law expert

  • Business sales and purchases

  • Commercial lease agreements

  • Company formation, review and restructuring

  • Civil litigation

  • Advising on asset protection and estate planning

  • Enduring powers of attorney

  • Wills

  • Advising on family trusts, trading trusts and charitable trusts

  • Trust formation, review and restructuring

  • Advising trustees and beneficiaries

  • Trust disputes