We have specialist expertise in all aspects of construction law – particularly at the front end of projects in both drafting and negotiating construction contracts. When disputes arise, our nationally recognised dispute resolution team has experience in dealing with large and complex disputes for principals, head contractors, or subcontractors.

We understand the intricacies of the construction industry and have acted for industry participants in a variety of sectors. We often use recognised industry experts from the industry to provide analysis or advice on the practicalities of construction project. This collaborative method gives our clients the best results.

Our construction clients benefit from the fact that we are a full-service law firm, and our construction team comprises lawyers recognised as industry leaders. We are recommended as a Leading Firm for Construction by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. We apply our wealth of knowledge to the advice and advocacy we provide to construction industry participants at all stages of their projects.

In addition to the expertise on construction projects we are in a position to use our skills as a full-service law firm to provide assistance to construction companies in the following areas:
  • Business structuring
  • Financing
  • Resource Management Act issues
  • Health and safety
  • Employment relations
  • Regulatory Compliance

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Reported Decisions

  • KME Services Pty Limited v CPB Contractors Pty Limited [2021] NZHC 212

Recent Projects

  • Advising a major construction contractor on closing out of claims in relation to a significant anchor project in Christchurch.
  • Advising a major construction contractor on claims relating to the construction of a hospital (extensions of time, variations).
  • Advising an electrical subcontractor on non-payment issues in connection with a newly-built apartment complex in Auckland.
  • Regularly acting for clients and builders in disputes relating to quality of work or non-payment.
  • Acting for a large South Island developer in complex litigation over subterranean rock anchors preventing full development of the land.
  • Acting for a head contractor defending a claim for weathertight issues relating to a large residential apartment complex.
  • Successfully acting for a contractor in an adjudication against a developer including recovering the costs of the adjudication and having the land owner deemed liable for the debt in addition to the developer.
  • Acting for an international engineering company in a dispute over preliminary design and a subsequent tender process for a large food processing plant in the South Island.
  • Acting for a subcontractor in a payment claim dispute worth over $1m on a large anchor project in Christchurch.
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