Leading expertise for every angle of NZ construction law

We have one of New Zealand’s leading construction practices.  We offer truly specialist expertise on all aspects of building and engineering law, as well as the capability to handle the largest and most complex issues.  Our services cover the full lifecycle of a project, from procurement advice through to contract negotiation / drafting, strategic guidance, and dispute resolution. 

Our dedicated team brings international and domestic experience of all classes of commercial and infrastructure construction.  We are trusted by some of the industry’s largest businesses and have acted on many of New Zealand’s most significant building projects and proceedings. 

We have been recognised for construction by Asia Law (recommended firm), Legal 500 (recommended firm), Chambers & Partners (ranked firm) and Doyles Guide (leading construction and Infrastructure Firm).  Several in our team are also individually ranked as leading construction lawyers. 

Clients describe us as having “developed a prominent position in the [New Zealand] construction market” and “the team’s specialist construction skills combine with property law, insurance, transport and insolvency expertise to provide a comprehensive service”.  Others comment that “Hesketh Henry has a strong specialist construction team which is very client focused and has excellent industry knowledge”, and that “the team has real life experience of working in the sector, [with] impressive depth of sector knowledge”. 

We are committed to providing depth of knowledge, well-established industry connections, and high-quality services for the benefit of our construction clients.  

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Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Representing Tier 1 contractors and international consulting engineers in high value infrastructure disputes.
  • Preparing and negotiating construction contracts and consultancy agreements for various horizontal and vertical projects, covering transport, energy, wastewater, conference and leisure facilities, warehousing, process engineering, and office, retail, and apartment developments.
  • Advising on construction contract claims involving variations, extensions of time, prolongation, disruption, acceleration, and contract administration, together with dispute resolution strategy.
  • Representing head contractors on issues arising under multi-storey remediation projects.
  • Handling numerous adjudication proceedings on behalf of clients at all levels of the supply chain.
  • Prosecuting and defending liability claims arising from infrastructure, commercial, and high-end residential developments, including New Zealand’s largest construction claim to date.
  • Acting in multiple High Court proceedings involving Construction Contract Act 2002 issues.
  • Advising a foreign government and a Tier 1 contractor in relation cross-border issues arising from separate infrastructure projects in the Pacific.
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Insights & Opinion / Construction

Commerce Commission releases draft report for residential building supplies market study
On 4 August 2022 the Commerce Commission (Commission) released its draft report setting out preliminary findings from its market study into the residential building supplies industry.
08.08.2022 Posted in Business Advice & Construction
Payment Claims: Incorrect Due Date From Delayed Delivery
Nicholls Group Projects Ltd v Plan Design Build Homes Ltd
20.05.2022 Posted in Construction
A Landmark Change? – Proposed reform of the occupational regulation of engineers
Engineers engage in building work that is critical to public safety. Despite this, few restrictions are placed on who can carry out and supervise complex and specialised projects that require high levels of professional judgement, skill and technical competence.
07.04.2022 Posted in Construction
Arbitrating the America’s Cup
In 1970, after Australia was controversially disqualified in Race 2 of AC21, Sir Frank Packer “raged that protesting to the New York Yacht Club was like complaining to your mother-in-law about your ...
29.03.2022 Posted in Construction & Disputes & Trade and Transport
Supply Shortages are Here to Stay – Managing Cost Escalation under NZS 3910:2013
Over the past year, New Zealand has experienced a significant increase in the cost of construction, primarily from Covid-19 related disruptions.  Supply chain constraints combined with booming domest...
04.03.2022 Posted in Construction & COVID-19
Hesketh Henry ranked in the latest Asia-Pacific Chambers Legal Directory 2022
Henry has received the following recommendations and commentary in the high-profile Asia-Pacific Chambers Legal Directory for 2022
Commerce Commission study announced for building supplies market
The Commerce Commission is set to undertake a market study into residential building supplies for major components of residential buildings 
24.11.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Construction & Regulatory
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