Senior Associate

John Morrison

John Morrison is a Senior Associate in the Disputes Team. He has specialist expertise in construction and professional negligence.

John was admitted to the bar in October 2009.  He joined Hesketh Henry in July 2019 having worked in a large national law firm and before that at a smaller specialist litigation firm.

John has extensive experience in a broad range of construction disputes, including construction contract and defective building claims. John has brought or defended numerous claims involving both small and large construction disputes, acting for various parties. John’s practice also includes professional negligence claims as well as more general claims in contract, insurance and torts.

John is fluent in Dutch. John is a member of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law.


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Examples of work completed by John include:

  • Acting for parties in defective building claims in the High Court and Weathertight Homes Tribunal involving weathertightness, structural and fire safety defects.
  • Advising parties to construction contracts in relation to disputes spanning the entirety of the projects.
  • Acting for a product supplier in relation to an allegation that the products supplied were incompatible and led to defects.
  • Acting for companies in their application to set aside statutory demands.
  • Acting for a director sued in negligence personally for construction work undertaken by his company.
  • Acting for a defendant sued in nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher where sewerage had leaked into a commercial premises.

Insights & Opinion / John Morrison

Payment schedule dispute causes delay to Commercial Bay completion
The recent judgment in Fletcher Construction Company Ltd v Spotless Facility Services (NZ) Ltd [2020] NZHC 780 and 871 demonstrates the Court’s pragmatic approach to injunctive relief against a subc...
20.05.2020 Posted in Construction Law
COVID-19: Impacts on Construction Contracts
New Zealand entered Covid-19 Alert Level 4 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March.  Anyone not working in essential services is required to stay at home.  This restriction does not apply to building or co...
08.04.2020 Posted in Construction Law & COVID-19