Josh Taylor

BA, LLB, Senior Associate

Josh joined the national Dispute Resolution Team at Wynn Williams in March 2017.  Prior to joining the firm Josh worked at another Christchurch firm in litigation and dispute resolution.

He is experienced across a broad range of matters including commercial, construction, company disputes, insurance, insolvency, alcohol licencing, and trust law.  Josh has a particular interest in construction law and regularly acts for clients on construction disputes.
Josh has appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court, District Court and several other bodies including the District Licencing Committee (under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012).  Outside of work Josh is active in the community by regularly volunteering at Community Law and sitting as a member of the Canterbury Rugby Football Union’s Judicial Committee.

Josh has been nationally recognised as a 'Rising Star' on the NZ Lawyer Rising Stars List 2020.

"I enjoy working with clients to turn complex scenarios into simple solutions."

Recent Projects

  • 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

  • Acting on several claims for damage arising from the Canterbury earthquakes for insurers and private clients.

  • Acting on several adjudication disputes.

  • Acting for an international mechanical engineering company in a contractual dispute relating to the design of a food processing plant.

  • Acting for a large Christchurch contractor in defence of a claim alleging weathertight issues and defective work.

  • Acting for a South Island developer in relation to the presence of underground rock anchors preventing development of the land.

  • Successfully acting for a contractor in an adjudication dispute over allegedly defective work including determinations that the respondent paid costs (both legal and adjudicators) and that the owner of the construction site, a separate entity, was also liable.

  • Acting for a minority shareholder in a claim against a director and majority shareholder for prejudicial conduct and breach of a shareholders agreement.

  • Appearing as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in an appeal against a decision of the District Court to grant and stay of 16 criminal charges in R v Craddock [2016] NZCA 318.

  • Appearing as junior counsel for policy holders in a claim against their insurers for indemnification for liability arising from a rural fire in New Zealand Fire Service Commission v Legg [2016] NZHC 1492.

  • Acting for a local rugby player through disciplinary proceedings in the Canterbury Rugby Football Union's Judicial and Appeal Committees.

Recent Articles


Retentions in the construction industry – more problems and a possible fix?

The NBR has recently published two articles on two cases currently before the courts (Decmil NZ and Downey Construction) relating to the retention regime under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (Act).

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A digital future for statutory demands?

The 21st century has brought with it some fascinating developments, smartphones, social media, and service of statutory demands by email? The judgment of Lester AJ in the High Court decision of Upright Scaffolding Ltd v Pinnies Painters & Plasterers Ltd seems to have settled the decades old question of whether service of a statutory demand by email is possible under the Companies Act 1993.

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Ebert's retention fund clarified

The recent receivership and subsequent liquidation of Ebert Construction Limited (Ebert) has been well publicised with significant public interest about another large construction firm in financial trouble.

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Construction update: payment claims for deposits – are they allowed?

The parties to a construction contract will commonly come to an arrangement where the principal will need to make a payment to the contractor before any work is undertaken. That is, the principal must pay a deposit or security. The same is also true as between contractor and subcontractor.

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Receiverships: who, what and why

The recent enforced receivership of national construction firm Ebert Construction has thrust receiverships back into the spotlight. With some 95 staff laid off and creditors owed around $40 million, the consequences of a high-profile company being forced into a receivership are apparent. Nonetheless, many people involved in the construction industry, and the general public, may have little knowledge of what a receivership entails.

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Reported Decisions

  • Cain v Mettrick [2020] NZHC 2125

  • Brown v Johnston [2020] NZHC 881

  • VAE NZ Limited v Decmil Construction NZ Limited (in liquidation) & Anor [2020] NZHC 2025

  • Rodgers v R [2018] NZHC 2433

  • City Financial Investment Company (New Zealand) Limited v Transpower New Zealand Limited [2018] NZHC 1488

  • Canterbury Regional Council v King House Removals Southland Limited [2018] NZHC 873

  • Canterbury Regional Council v King House Removals Southland Limited [2018] NZHC 2433

  • Flanaghan v Helmore Bowron & Scott [2018] NZHC 2302

  • Financial Markets Authority v Vivier and Company Ltd [2016] 3 NZLR 70, (2016) 11 NZCLC 98-041, (2016) 14 TCLR 375

  • New Zealand Fire Service Commission v Legg [2016] 3 NZLR 685

Speaking Engagements

  • “Spoke at the Building and Construction Regulation and Law Conference on a panel risk management and liability in construction contracts ” - October 2019
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