Expertise

Construction

Overview
Leading expertise for every angle of NZ construction law

Construction law is a relatively new field of specialist legal practice for New Zealand. Few local law firms can honestly call themselves construction law experts; Hesketh Henry is one that can. We are recommended internationally by the Asia-Pacific Legal 500 directory for ‘Real Estate and Construction’ and by AsiaLaw as ‘Recommended’ in construction law.

Our construction law team encompasses all levels of experience, from senior partners to junior lawyers. This means we can keep client costs down by allocating the most appropriate level of seniority to each task.

At partner level, our team members have international experience gained in the USA, UK and Ireland. Knowledge sharing is important to us and we regularly conduct in-house construction law training to ensure consistent high-quality representation for our clients.

We act for building and engineering consultants, contractors, specialist subcontractors, developers, and their insurers. Our clients include international and multinational companies, as well as local businesses.

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Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising a civil contractor on payment and programming issues, including rights under the Construction Contracts Act 2002;
  • Acting for principals, consultants, contractors and sub contractors in numerous adjudications, arbitrations and High Court proceedings involving variations and disputed final accounts;
  • Acting for contractors, consultants, manufacturers and suppliers in claims involving weather tightness issues, building subsidence, product liability claims and engineering defects;
  • Construction contract reviews and negotiations for the design and build of industrial plant, and commercial and apartment refurbishment and new build projects;
  • Prosecuting and defending negligence claims (and related professional indemnity cover issues) across a range of professional disciplines, including architects, quantity surveyors and other advisers in the construction sector; and
  • Advising on scope and cover of international construction company policy in relation to claims arising from New Zealand’s largest retail development.
Key Contacts
Recommendations
Partner Nick Gillies ranked in Band 3 in The Chambers Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory.
Hesketh Henry Construction team ranked in Band 4 in The Chambers Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory.
Construction team ranked Tier 2 in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2022.
Nick is recommended by Legal500 as 'Leading Individual' in Construction.
Sarah is recognised by Legal500 as "A Rising Star" in Construction.
Christina is "Recommended" by Legal500 in Construction.
Helen is "Recommended" by Legal500 in Construction.
Glen is "Recommended" by Legal500 in Construction.
Recommended by The Doyle's Guide Directory
Publications
Events

Insights & Opinion / 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
Retention funds:  where is the trust?
The importance of subcontractors scrutinising how retention funds are held, and how they are dealt with by insolvency practitioners, was highlighted in the recent High Court decision in McVeigh v Decm...
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