Publications

We produce a range of articles, legal publications and resources on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients needs. These include briefings on key legal issues, newsletters on practice areas and industry developments via the below headings.
If you are a licensed asbestos removalist, or you or your business owns or occupies a building containing asbestos, you will need to ensure that you are complying with the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 when they come into full force on 4 April 2018. Owners and occupiers of More »
The new national framework for managing earthquake prone buildings ( EPBs ) is effective from 1 July 2017. This brings with it a national register, new forms of EPB notice that must be displayed prominently on all EBPs and set timeframes for assessment and strengthening. The Building (Earthquake More »
On Friday 31 March 2017 an important amendment to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 ( CCA ) comes into force. This amendment introduces a new retention scheme, designed to safeguard retention money in the event of insolvency of the holding party. The scheme will apply to a commercial construction More »
The Construction Contracts Act 2002 ( Act ) establishes a complete process for the speedy adjudication of a dispute between the parties to the construction contract. Initiating adjudication proceedings This process can be instigated by either party, and is an alternative to using the court system, More »
The Construction Contracts Act 2002 ( Act ) governs all construction contracts that relate to the carrying out of construction work in New Zealand, whether the contract is in writing, verbal, or a mixture of both, and whether it is for commercial or residential construction. Terms of payment The More »
The Construction Contracts Act 2002 (the Act ) was enacted with three specified purposes: to facilitate regular and timely payments between the parties to a construction contract; to provide for the speedy resolution of disputes arising under a construction contract; and to provide remedies for the More »
Anyone excavating land – from a small area for a house site all the way through to a quarry operator – needs to be aware that there may be a requirement to obtain an Archaeological Authority under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 (the Act). If you haven’t More »
Amendments to the Construction Contracts Act passed in Parliament yesterday. These changes will affect everyone in the construction industry, from principals to head contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. Key changes being brought into effect are: From 1 December More »
On Sunday 24 May 2015, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment released a “Guide to Tolerance, Materials and Workmanship in New Residential Construction” (Guide). A copy can be accessed here . Both contractors and their clients should take particular note of this Guide. It More »
Owners of properties in Christchurch’s red zones, who have either not received a Crown Offer to purchase their land, or who did not accept the offer that they received, have now learnt the new process that will be followed for Crown Offers to be made to them. The Canterbury Earthquake More »
Many subcontractors and tradespeople will be very relieved with a Supreme Court ruling yesterday that will make it easier for them to keep their money in the insolvency of a head contractor. The construction industry was concerned about a Court of Appeal ruling from 2013, which allowed money to be More »
Retention payments under construction contracts are shortly going to be required to be held on trust until they are paid. The Government announced this week that the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill currently before Parliament will be amended to: Impose a trust obligation on retention money; More »
Implied warranties for residential building work have now been greatly expanded. These changes will impose greater liability on you, if you are: a residential building contractor; a house-building company; a developer offering house-and-land packages; someone ( on seller ) who, for the purpose of More »
Mandatory disclosure and minimum requirements for residential building contracts are now law. This will affect you if you are: a residential building contractor; a house-building company; or a developer offering house-and-land packages. What has happened? On 20 November, the Government used urgency More »
Even when times are good, there are many entity collapses in the construction industry. Here we look at how parties to a construction contract can protect themselves when another party is insolvent. Entity collapse a major risk The insolvency of an entity involved in a construction project (whether More »