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Qualifications

LLB (Canterbury)

BSc (Botany/Zoology) (Canterbury)

M Appl Sci (Plant Ecology) (Lincoln)

Alternative contact

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Marie Smuts-Kennedy

Caroline is a member of our property and resource management teams.

Before joining Cavell Leitch, Caroline worked for several land management organisations. She has been involved in managing Crown-owned high-country land, including advising on consents, land management issues and tenure review.

Since joining Cavell Leitch, Caroline has assisted clients with a range of property-related transactions; including buying and selling dairy farms, sheep and beef farms and forestry ventures as well as residential, lifestyle and commercial properties.

Her background as a plant ecologist combined with her legal skills gives her a unique perspective on land management issues. She is able to quickly assess and review complex information relating to land and property issues and to distill this into advice for clients so that they can make pragmatic decisions.

Caroline is a member of the Property Law Section Land Titles subcommittee and is currently assisting LINZ with the rebuild of Landonline where she enjoys providing a practical perspective.

"Our role as lawyers is to work with clients to find solutions to their problems.

Dealing with legal issues can be complex and stressful. Our job is to work out what needs to be done and to help our clients achieve their goals as efficiently as possible.

My role is to help clients to understand their property related issues and to assist them to work out the best solution for their situation.

I enjoy helping clients along their property journey and applying my skills and expertise to this process."

DIF and RSP

Recent work

  • Assisting clients with the purchase of rural properties for carbon farming purposes;
  • Undertaking a range of subdivisions around Christchurch;
  • Advising clients on the sale of dairy, sheep and beef farms;
  • Helping clients with a range of property related issues such as boundary adjustments, easements and other title related issues.

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