Sophie Slater


Sophie specialises in construction & projects, advising on a range of construction and infrastructure matters including contracts, project documents, construction legislation, regulatory requirements, and disputes.

She provides practical advice to a broad range of construction professionals including head contractors, subcontractors, insurers, consultants, and developers. Sophie understands her clients’ unique needs and the construction environment they are operating within. This includes ensuring risk is allocated appropriately, anticipating issues, and supporting clients with regulatory requirements and contractual disputes. She is also regularly engaged to draft and review a variety of bespoke and standard form contracts and various project documentation.

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During her time working for central and local government, Sophie was involved in advising on large infrastructure projects, building enforcement issues, regulatory reforms and government decision making. Sophie closely understands the life cycle of a construction project, building and resource consenting processes and relevant building legislation.

Sophie also has experience in building negligence disputes including weathertight litigation, resource management litigation, and various other building regulatory issues such as earthquake-prone buildings.

Recent highlights

  • Drafting and advising on a range of construction contracts and project documents.

  • Supporting clients through the lifecycle of the construction project including navigating environmental regulation and consenting requirements.

  • Providing pragmatic solutions to contractual issues and disputes.

  • Supporting clients through regulatory processes including any updates to relevant legislation.


Can banks terminate unpopular customers? 

12 September 2023

School led property projects and maintenance: changes to retentions regime

4 September 2023

Publication: Covering the New Zealand insurance market 2023

28 August 2023

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