Ariana is a specialist construction lawyer advising international and domestic clients on how to ensure projects are successful and has a focus on resolving disputes. She is experienced in both in front-end and back-end construction matters along with issues that arise during project delivery.
Ariana has advised a diverse array of clients across the industry, ranging from principals, contractors and subcontractors to consultants, on a wide range of issues relating to delays, payment disputes, variations, cancellation of contract and defects.
She has acted on projects as diverse as standalone residential developments through to large vertical and infrastructure projects in the civil, telecommunications, water, electricity and transport sectors.
Ariana is experienced in all dispute resolution forums, including adjudication, arbitration, expert determination, mediation and in High Court litigation.
She has particular expertise in disputes litigating performance bonds, both preventing the bonds being called, and enforcing calls.
Ariana also has expertise in multi-party defect litigation, representing the full spectrum of affected parties, from body corporates and owners, to developers, builders and other contractors and consultants. She works closely with body corporates, helping them to solve internal disputes and deal with the multitude of issues facing them when defects arise.
With her focus on resolving disputes, Ariana understands that disputes can create an unpleasant working environment and strives to help clients develop a resolution strategy to keep projects on track and maintain good will between all parties involved. She works closely and has excellent relationships with in-house counsel and senior management.
Ariana was a finalist in the Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards in 2019.
She was also a founding member of the Advisory Board for the New Zealand chapter of the Women’s Infrastructure Network.