We are experts at assisting owners of commercial or residential property in the New Zealand market.


We have a wealth of experience representing residential and commercial property owners.

We believe in the “do it once do it right” philosophy.  That is why we offer our set of specialised construction contracts, which have been refined over years of experience. These contracts are tried and tested in the industry. We also recommend our 360-degree risk analysis programme which we offer at the outset of projects. This programme runs the ruler over your project to ensure the legal and material risks have been appropriately dealt with and planned for and it is clear who is responsible for each risk. This allows you to get on with the project knowing you have a strong set of legal documents to fall back on if anything goes wrong.

We regularly assist throughout the lifecycle of a construction project. This includes drafting contracts through to delay in completion, variation claims and extensions of time, as well as disputes post construction, including defective work and leaky building claims.

We know construction inside out and speak your language. We are experts in the Construction Contracts Act, the Building Act and the Building Code. We are able to quickly get up to speed with any issues you are facing and take the stress and worry out of the legal side of things so you can rest easy knowing you are well protected.

We have provided advice on some of New Zealand’s largest commercial construction projects, residential subdivisions and leaky building disputes. We also advise on individual residential construction projects and assist with disputes in the construction phase, defects liability phase, and latent defect issues that arise down the track.

We have a depth of experience in all types of construction projects including infrastructure, high rise construction, subdivisions, energy resources and residential housing.

Our clients return to us because of our commercial advice, deep knowledge of construction, and spot on legal advice that is delivered in a timely and efficient manner in the language you speak.

Experience/Areas We Can Help

  • 360-degree risk analysis at the outset of your project
  • Drafting of construction contracts and sub-contracting agreements
  • Construction delay, variations, extensions of time, retentions, remedies, & defects liability
  • Sale & Purchase agreement disputes
  • Resolving construction disputes
  • Claims under the parties’ contract (e.g., price, time for completion or variations)
  • 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 statutes
  • Claims in negligence
  • Arbitration or Court Proceedings

Talk to our Building Owner experts

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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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