Construction and infrastructure arbitration

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Large scale construction and infrastructure disputes contain a unique set of challenges and require specialised skills.

We are New Zealand’s leading experts in construction, infrastructure and engineering disputes, bringing expertise and deep industry knowledge to support our clients in the resolution of their most challenging disputes. We are the biggest specialist construction and infrastructure disputes practice in New Zealand and have the scale and resources to deal with the largest, most fact-heavy cases that our clients will face. 

Our extensive experience, advising on New Zealand’s most significant infrastructure and construction disputes, allows us to address the underlying technical complexities of the most challenging cases including defective construction and design, extensions of time, variations, ground conditions, consent issues, termination, force majeure, Fair Trading Act and Contract and Commercial Law Act claims. 

We advise on projects ranging from real estate to energy infrastructure, sports complexes and transport infrastructure, including roading projects and railways. We use this experience to identify and resolve challenges early, or to avoid them altogether. 

We have extensive experience in all forms of domestic and international arbitration. Including, navigating the New Zealand Arbitration Act 1996 (and jurisdictional issues related to the same) and a wide range of institutional arbitration rules including: ICC, LCIA, DIAC, AMINZ, SIAC, the UNCITRAL Rules and others. 

They are well known and well respected by all in the industry. They are very thorough and considered in their advice in terms of both the practical possibilities and potential outcomes of legal routes. Chambers Asia Pacific 2022


Recent highlights
Significant sports complex arbitration 

Advising a major government developer on a complex arbitration relating to a landmark sports complex development. The arbitration involved significant technical disputes regarding ground conditions, ground improvement works, and remedial solutions with claims in the value of approximately $200 million. 

Advising on a landmark renewable energy project 

Providing ongoing dispute management and arbitration advice to the principal of one of New Zealand’s largest renewable energy projects, concerning significant and complex time and money claims in the value of approximately $100 million.  

Complex arbitration for retirement village project

Providing arbitration advice to a principal in connection with its $21 million construction contract for the development of a retirement village in Auckland. 

Complex design-related arbitrations

Acting for a number of principals, including government developers, in a wide variety of high value, complex design-related arbitrations. These disputes concern a wide variety of defective design, co-ordination and interfacing issues that require specific expert knowledge and experience. 

Acting for New Zealand’s largest consultant advisory firms 

Acting in several arbitrations for New Zealand’s leading project consultants including high value disputes relating to design issues, geotechnical investigations, project management issues and complex variation, delay and disruption claims. 

Rent review arbitrations

We regularly represent tenants and landlords in ground rent and commercial rent review arbitrations and have a wealth of experience and expertise in this regard.  

Related expertise

Our lawyers provide clients with clear, strategic and commercial solutions that create lasting impacts to their business

  • Construction and infrastructure

  • Construction arbitration

  • Construction contracts

  • Construction disputes

  • Construction project delivery and disputes