Nick Gillies

BCom. LLB (Hons)
Nick is a partner in the Disputes team at Hesketh Henry.  He has specialist expertise in construction, insurance and professional negligence.

Nick joined Hesketh Henry in 2013 and became a partner in 2015.  Prior to this, he worked for Russell McVeagh, before spending eight years with a boutique construction and insurance firm in London. He is admitted in both New Zealand and England & Wales.

Nick has extensive experience of construction and engineering matters, including time and money disputes, building defect claims, and contract reviews.  He has brought or defended numerous liability actions involving projects and participants in the construction, marine and insurance sectors.  Nick also regularly advises on coverage, subrogation and other insurance issues, and is a lead author of LexisNexis’ Insurance Practical Guidance.

Nick is a member of AMINZ, New Zealand Society of Construction Law, New Zealand Insurance Law Associaion, and the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.  He writes and speaks regularly on construction, insurance and dispute resolution issues, and has been published in Solicitors Journal, Post Magazine, Build Law and the Arbitrator & Mediator Journal.

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Examples of work completed by Nick include:

  • Advising on disputes and performance bond issues arising under civil construction contracts for multi-lot residential and infrastructure developments;
  • Defending High Court proceedings about the scope of cover and adequacy of repairs for earthquake damaged  buildings;
  • Defending numerous liability claims against construction professionals, including engineers, architects and project managers, for alleged design and consruction defects;
  • Advising contractors and specialist subcontractors on final account disputes arising under commercial and civil contracts;
  • Successfully defending a US$85m claim against consulting engineers concerning the construction of a Filipino power station;
  • Representing a building systems subcontractor on the new Wembley Stadium in disputes with the main contractor;
  • Representing a US engineering consultancy in proceedings concerning insurance cover for design defects with a new wastewater treatment plant;
  • Representing a marine contractor in a substantial delay and disruption claim;
  • Advising on claims concerning issues with new on-shore shipping facilities; and
  • Representing a Japanese manufacturer and pension trustees in a negligence and rectification claim against former pension advisors.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory individually recommended Partner Nick Gillies. Nick is individually recommended by The Legal500 Asia Pacific directory as both an insurance and marine lawyer.
Individually recommended by The Doyle's Guide Directory Nick is individually recommended by Doyle's as a Leading Construction, Projects and Infrastructure lawyer - New Zealand, 2018

Insights & Opinion / Nick Gillies

Updated Subcontract Agreement: SA-2017
The SA-2009 form of Subcontract Agreement is commonly used in the construction industry. It has undergone a review and a new SA-2017 form has been produced.
3.07.2018 Posted in Construction Law & Health & Safety Law
Recent Construction Law Decisions and Developments in New Zealand
18.06.2018 Posted in Construction Law
Updated Standard Consultancy Agreements
Two of the most commonly used standard agreements to engage consultants are the ACENZ / Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ) Short Form Agreement (“SFA”) and the Conditions of Contract for Consultancy Services (“CCCS”).
5.06.2018 Posted in Construction Law
Construction Law Update – May 2017
Recent Construction Law Decisions and Developments in New Zealand
22.05.2017 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
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