Managing Partner

Christina Bryant

LLB (Hons) MA (Medical Ethics & Law) (KCL)
Profile
Christina is the managing partner of Hesketh Henry.

An experienced advocate, she appears regularly as counsel at High Court and appellate level.  Her practice focuses on complex civil claims, primarily in the construction, property and insurance sectors. 

Christina acts for consultants, contractors, manufacturers and their insurers in adjudications, arbitrations and litigation proceedings, which include significant Court of Appeal and Supreme Court decisions.  She has represented clients in Royal Commissions and Government Inquiries into catastrophic building or infrastructure failures, and in matters arising out the regulation of the construction and building supply industries.  Her insurance practice focuses on liability claims against professional service providers.

Christina joined Hesketh Henry in 2003, following postgraduate study and practice in London.  She is a faculty member of the NZLS Litigation Skills programme and an Associate of AMINZ.  She is recommended by Legal 500 in insurance, real estate and construction and speaks regularly on issues arising in those sectors.

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Experience

Examples of work completed by Christina include:

  • Savvy Vineyards 4334 Ltd v Weta Estate Ltd [2020] NZSC 115. Rights and remedies for the wrongful repudiation of commercial contracts.
  • Infinity Enterprises NZ Ltd v Kinara Trustee Ltd [2020] 3 NZLR 626 (CA) and [2020] NZSC 131. Claim for an unregistered easement over a commercial property development.
  • Red Stag Timber Ltd v Juken New Zealand Ltd including [2018] NZHC 2459. Fair Trading Act dispute between competitors in the building products industry.
  • West v West [2017] NZHC 3110 and appeals. Defence of a law firm in a family property dispute.
  • Savvy Vineyards 3552 Ltd v Kakara Estate Ltd [2015] 1 NZLR 281 (SC). Leading NZ authority on the assignment and novation of contracts.
  • Savvy Vineyards 3784 Ltd v Arck Ltd [2015] NZCA 534. Interpretation and enforcement of options to purchase grapes.
  • Newhaven Waldorf Management Ltd v Allen (2015) 17 NZCPR 176. Enforcement of an encumbrance protecting management rights in a multi-building development complex.
  • Watts & Hughes Construction Ltd v Complete Siteworks Co Ltd (2014) 22 PRNZ 397 (CA). Enforcement of a progress payment claim under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.
  • I-Health Ltd v iSoft NZ Ltd [2012] 1 NZLR 379 (CA). Enforcement of a limitation clause in a contract for the sale of a business.
  • 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. Claim for alleged defects in a cogeneration plant at Kinleith Mill. NZ’s largest construction claim.
  • Representing engineering consultants at the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry into the collapse of the CTV building and the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-water Outbreak.
  • Acting for professional service providers in professional conduct proceedings, Health and Disability Commissioner investigations and coroner’s inquests.
Recommendations
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Christina Bryant as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Construction practice area.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Christina Bryant as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Insurance practice area.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Christina Bryant as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Dispute Resolution practice area.
Publications
  • Getting the Deal Through – Construction 2019 (Accreditation: Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Lexology Getting the Deal Through – Construction 2019 (Published: July 2019). For further information please visit www.gettingthedealthrough.com
  • Bryant (ed) and Murray, Contract Law Made Easy – MyLaw Guide – LexisNexis 2017

Insights & Opinion / Christina Bryant

My way or the highway: repudiation, cancellation and dispute resolution clauses
In Jade Residential Ltd v Paul, the Court of Appeal reviewed two issues which may arise in contractual disputes: The right to cancel a contract for “partial” repudiation; and Whether an aggrieved...
Is a Contract a Contract (if a Court says it’s not)?
Savvy Vineyards 4334 Ltd v Weta Estate Ltd [2020] NZSC 115
COVID-19: Weekly Construction Briefings
12 June 2020 New Zealand has moved into Alert Level 1 from 8 June 2020. While this means that life has largely returned to normal, as physical distancing and other restrictions have been removed, upd...
12.06.2020 Posted in Construction & COVID-19
COVID-19: Government contract guidelines for NZS3910:2013
The Government has announced contract guidelines to help support the construction industry during the Covid-19 restrictions.  These apply to contracts based on NZS3910:2013 (un-amended), being the mo...
08.04.2020 Posted in Construction & COVID-19
MBIE & STANDARDS NZ
Recent updates to the Building Code Framework
05.07.2019 Posted in Construction
CONSTRUCTION LAW UPDATE – JUNE 2018
Recent Construction Law Decisions and Developments in New Zealand
18.06.2018 Posted in Construction
Insurance Case Law Update April 2017
Our Insurance Law team has written a new publication for LexisNexis, known as Insurance Practical Guidance.  This is the first on-line insurance law product of its kind in New Zealand. This update pr...
18.04.2017 Posted in Insurance
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