If you are planning a construction project, we can help make your project a success by working with you to put the deal together. We advise on all types of construction and infrastructure projects, from the design-build of apartments, commercial offices and hotels through to the construction of irrigation schemes. Our clients range from private developers to parties involved in public-private partnerships between governmental organisations (and state-owned corporates). We have project teams who operate across all sectors advising on project funding, resource management, structuring, procurement processes, and health and safety.
Our approach is to front-end risk issues to mitigate risks for our clients. We have strong relationships with insurers, project managers and contractors, and can protect you by ensuring that risk is allocated appropriately under contractual arrangements and that alternative strategies are employed such as retentions, bonds and step-in rights.
We are familiar with, and have drafted, a wide range of construction contracts, including both bespoke agreements and standard forms such as NZS, FIDIC, AS, NEC and NZIA. Seeking advice early will help to protect you against many of the more common, yet totally unnecessary, losses others have suffered.
Of course, if things go wrong, we have specialist dispute resolution, litigation and insurance practitioners who can help you resolve your issues or dispute. We regularly advise clients in respect of construction dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, expert determination, court proceedings and adjudications.
We frequently partner with the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Society of Construction Law New Zealand to deliver events, seminars and webinars. We also sponsor the International Society of Construction Law Conference.