We provide expert legal support and assistance to Architects, Engineers, Project Managers, Inspectors and all other consultants in the New Zealand construction industry.


As consultants, you are busy making plans into reality.

You are at the coal face of construction projects and work alongside multiple parties in a project. You need to ensure that the advice you provide, and any risk associated with that advice is adequately managed.

With our knowledge of construction contracts, the Building Code and relevant legislation, we can ensure that your contracts reflect your desired outcome and mitigate any risks throughout the entire project lifecycle.

We believe in the “do it once do it right” philosophy and offer our set of specialised construction consultant contracts, which have been refined over years of experience and are tried and tested in the industry. This allows you to get on and do what you do best with the knowledge that you have a strong set of legal documents to fall back on if anything goes wrong.

Sometimes things do go wrong, and you need an expert to help solve the issue in a timely but efficient manner for all involved. We too can help you with that. Our team have a wealth of experience in negotiation, mediation, adjudication, and arbitration and will guide you through this stressful time with ease.

We are experts in the Construction Contracts Act, the Building Act and the Building Code. We have a vast amount of expertise advising on professional negligence claims, variations, delays in completion, and extension of time claims, as well as post-construction disputes including defective work and weathertightness issues.

We work with leading experts in the construction field, including surveyors, fire, acoustic, architects, engineers and programming experts and many more.

We know construction and speak your language. When it comes to construction law, we are the experts.

Our clients return to us because of our practical commercial advice, deep knowledge of the construction industry, and our focus on achieving the best possible results.

Experience Sector/Expertise

  • Reviewing and drafting consulting agreements
  • Liaising and dealing with the head contractor and/or Engineer to the project
  • Advising on variations to the contract scope of works
  • Advising how to get paid for work done
  • Resolving construction disputes (e.g., price, delay claims and extension of time for completion)
  • Resolving claims arising from breach of contract (e.g., performance or defective work, non-payment by owners or head contractors)
  • Weathertightness issues
  • Claims and issues arising under the Construction Contracts Act (including adjudication)
  • Claims and issues arising under relevant building legislation
  • Claims in negligence
  • Arbitration or court proceedings

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Scott Russell Managing Director

Scott started his career at Bell Gully, where his first job was working on the longest running construction litigation case in New Zealand...

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David van Hout Director

David has almost 15 years’ experience as a litigator and has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court...


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