Construction Contracts

Expert construction contract and project advisory services to support your budget, timeframe and commercial goals

As one of the few New Zealand law firms specialising in construction law, Hesketh Henry provides contract and project advice to minimise risk from inception to final completion. Our work can help turn commercial ideas into practical and profitable reality, because we make a point of understanding the vision and goals that are driving your project or transaction.

With an experienced construction lawyer on your side, you’ll be in a better position to avoid disputes, delays and unbeneficial compromises. Hesketh Henry’s construction law experts are able to assist with contract preparation and negotiation, risk assessments, project structures, procurement, and legislative and regulatory requirements. We can also engage the firm’s real estate and corporate commercial teams to further support the success of your project or transaction.

If your project is already underway or complete and you have disputes looming, we recommend you call on our construction litigation expertise.

Need advice on Construction Contracts?
Contact the expert team at Hesketh Henry.

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising a building supplier on IP, payment and liability issues;
  • Reviewing and negotiating various contract terms under head contracts, sub-contracts and supply agreements;
  • Updating contract terms for a specialist building repair contractor;
  • Preparing new commercial and residential contract terms for a large prefabricated building materials supplier;
  • Advising various parties to construction contracts on disputed variations, payment claims and rights under the Construction Contract Act 2002;
  • Reviewing and negotiating a wide range of construction and engineering contracts, including considerable experience with NZS3910 and it’s Variants, CCCS, IPENZ, etc; and
  • Advising a major insurance company in connection with developing a bespoke model construction contract for the remediation of multi unit properties damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes.
Key Contacts
Construction team ranked in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2020.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profile Directory 2020.
Recommended by The Doyle's Guide Directory.

Insights & Opinion / Construction Contracts

COVID-19 – The Impact on Construction Contracts – Updated 24 March 2020
New Zealand will enter Covid-19 Alert Level 4 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March.  At that time, anyone not working in essential services will be required to stay at home.  This restriction will not a...
20.03.2020 Posted in Construction Law & COVID-19
The last working day of 2019 saw another judicial review of an adjudication determination (Yousseff v Maiden [2019] NZHC 3471), this time focused on conflict of interest and apparent bias.  Despite j...
Getting the Deal Through: Construction 2020
Hesketh Henry Construction Partners pen the 2020 Chapter of "Getting the Deal Through Construction".
07.08.2019 Posted in Construction Law
Payment Claims and Payment Schedules
The Payment Claim / Payment Schedule regime in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) can be a powerful tool in assisting cashflow in the industry.  Please click here for a practical explanation o...
08.03.2019 Posted in Construction Law
CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT REFORM: Ten Guidelines the Government could Adopt
“We need to lead by example and if there are things that we can do to take a leadership position with that industry then we should be.” Prime Minister Ardern[1] As 2018 draws to a close a...
21.12.2018 Posted in Construction Law
Building and Construction Law Journal
Construction partner, Nick Gillies, has been published in the latest Building and Construction Law Journal ((2018) 34 BCL 179).
18.10.2018 Posted in Construction Law
Introduction Following our Initial Note, the receivers of Ebert Construction Ltd (Ebert) released their first report on 1 October 2018.  Then, on 3 October 2018, Ebert put itself into liquidation, wi...
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