Construction

Contruction Disputes

Overview
Specialised construction dispute lawyers ready to act in your best interests

Disputes are an inherent feature of the New Zealand construction landscape; something everyone wants to avoid or resolve efficiently. Engaging Hesketh Henry for construction contract advice at the outset of your plans means we can apply our many years of specialised construction law experience to help you avoid legal action. If it’s too late for that, and disputes have arisen, our construction litigators can guide you to the best resolution.

Our lawyers have been involved with some of the most complex and high-value building and engineering claims in New Zealand, and have deep experience of the issues that cause disputes in the industry. As a result, we’re a force to be reckoned with in the construction disputes arena.

In addition to litigation, we represent construction clients in all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including arbitration, Construction Contracts Act adjudication, early neutral evaluation, expert determination, and mediation. We’re adept at resolving liability claims against contractors and consultants, leaky building issues, and ‘pure’ construction disputes involving time and money claims.

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Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Defending a subcontractor in relation to services it had rendered during construction of a high rise residential apartment building. The matter involved 100+ named plaintiffs, ten opposing parties, and not only a variety of design and construction issues, but also complex legal issues relating to third party claims, cross-claims and limitation periods;
  • Representing a mechanical & electrical contractor in a $3m claim involving delay, disruption, variations, contra charges and non-payment; and
  • Carter Holt Harvey Ltd v Genesis Power Ltd and Rolls-Royce New Zealand Ltd  including [2005] 1 NZLR 324 (CA), [2006] 3 NZLR 794 (HC) and various unreported judgments.  Defence of a multi-million dollar claim for alleged defects in a cogeneration plant at Kinleith Mill.  This is the largest construction claim in New Zealand to date.
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Recommendations
Construction team ranked in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacfic Directory 2018.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profile Directory 2018.
Recommended by The Doyle's Guide Directory

Insights & Opinion / Contruction Disputes

CONSTRUCTION LAW UPDATE – JUNE 2018
Recent Construction Law Decisions and Developments in New Zealand
18.06.2018 Posted in Construction Law
Construction Law Update – May 2017
Recent Construction Law Decisions and Developments in New Zealand
22.05.2017 Posted in Construction Law
Enforcement of Damages in Adjudication
Does a significant factual dispute preclude summary judgement?
19.09.2016 Posted in Construction Law
Consultants – Are you ready?
How will the changes to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 affect you?
23.08.2016 Posted in Construction Law
The Construction Landscape in New Zealand
It is now widely accepted that New Zealand is in the midst of the largest construction boom in 40 years.  For anyone working in or providing professional services to the construction sector, it is im...
22.12.2015 Posted in Construction Law
Getting the Deal Through: Construction
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9.03.2015 Posted in Construction Law
Changes to the Construction Contracts Act 2002
Introduction Since its introduction twelve years ago, the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) has become a cornerstone of New Zealand’s construction sector.  The CCA followed similar statutory in...
19.02.2015 Posted in Construction Law
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