Managing Partner

Christina Bryant

LLB (Hons) MA (Medical Ethics & Law) (KCL)
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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Examples of work completed by Christina include:

  • Infinity Enterprises Ltd v Kinara Estate Ltd [2020] NZCA 347. Defending claim to 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 associated 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 under grape supply contracts.
  • Newhaven Waldorf Management Ltd v Allen[2015] NZHC 2770, (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 multi-million dollar contract dispute.
  • Carter Holt Harvey Ltd v Genesis Power Ltd and Rolls-Royce New Zealand Ltdincluding [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.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 Directory individually recommends Partner, Christina Bryant
  • 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
  • Bryant (ed) and Murray, Contract Law Made Easy – MyLaw Guide – LexisNexis 2017

Insights & Opinion / Christina Bryant

COVID-19: Weekly Construction Briefings
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12.06.2020 Posted in Construction Law & 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 Law & COVID-19
Recent updates to the Building Code Framework
05.07.2019 Posted in Construction Law
Recent Construction Law Decisions and Developments in New Zealand
18.06.2018 Posted in Construction Law
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 Law
Clarification of retentions requirements for construction contracts
The retentions regime comes into force on 31 March 2017
25.10.2016 Posted in Construction Law
Insurance Case Law Update September 2017
September 2016 Our Insurance Law team has written a new on-line publication for LexisNexis, known as “Insurance Practical Guidance“.  It is the first on-line insurance product of its kind...
19.09.2016 Posted in Insurance Law