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There have been dramatic shifts in the construction industry's operating environment in recent times, which are bringing opportunities for the sector, as well as giving rise to fresh challenges. 

Our construction lawyers have a well-established and strong reputation in vertical construction, concentrated around institutional real estate clients and major infrastructure assets. We act for large developers and contractors, as well as being appointed by receivers and liquidators to provide advice arising from high-profile construction sector insolvencies. Providing strategic and legal advice, we act on the disputes arising, whether in arbitration, adjudication or other dispute resolution processes under the contract.

By getting to know your commercial priorities, we clearly set out the legal priorities. Our team offers in-depth knowledge of national and international standard contractual forms, quality advice on relevant legislation such as the Construction Contracts Act, experience of current market practice, and comprehensive construction and projects dispute management. 

We help clients with projects from start to finish, whether they are looking to raise finance for a property acquisition, or are involved in the construction of a major infrastructure project – we have the right expertise for all property and construction related matters.


Our experience includes advising:

  • Precinct Properties on its NZ$1 billion development of Commercial Bay office, retail and rail network development in Auckland.
  • Auckland International Airport on its NZ$1.8 billion capital works programme and terminal development plans, including the development of Mānawa Bay a NZ$200m plus, 100-store premium outlet shopping centre.
  • Meridian on its Harapaki windfarm, which on completion will be New Zealand’s second largest windfarm.
  • Infratec as EPC contractor in its EPC arrangements with Lodestone Energy, and its subcontractor arrangements with Drillco, in respect of the design and construction of five large scale solar power stations in various locations across the upper North Island.
  • Precinct Properties on Stage 3 of its Wynyard Central development including advising on the underlying development agreement with Panuku, advising and negotiating all consultancy agreements and Precinct Properties fixed price lump sum construction contract with Hawkins.
  • Wellington Water Limited on all aspects of its capex works programmes – from "business as usual" through to major projects. 
  • Auckland International Airport Limited on its development of Mānawa Bay a $200m plus, 100-store premium outlet shopping centre.
  • WEL Networks in respect of putting in place panel framework contracts for the design, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of large and small scale capital works on its electricity networks. 
  • The lead plaintiff, and group of funded plaintiffs, in relation to a substantial class action against the manufacturer and suppliers of combustible cladding.  
  • The main contractor of a two block, 157 unit Auckland apartment block in a High Court claim for alleged defects.
  • Developers and occupiers on the leasing and construction of new office buildings, including the ASB Bank HQ, Fonterra HQ and Wynyard Central.
  • Vector on construction contract advice for a range of infrastructure projects, including relocation of cabling for the Transmission Gully project.
  • Watercare Services on its network maintenance contracts.
  • A banking syndicate on the development of the Britomart precinct in Auckland.
  • Multiplex on the acquisition, construction and leasing of the Deloitte Centre, 80 Queen Street, Auckland.
  • Kiwi Income Property Trust on all construction related aspects of the new ASB HQ in Auckland.
  • Lion on the procurement and construction related matters associated with its business operations.
  • A contractor in connection with its bid for construction of the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena.
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