Regarded as New Zealand’s leading infrastructure practice, we operate across public facilities, economic and social infrastructure.
We advise a range of clients, including Government, constructors, developers, operators, debt providers and investors.
We will partner with you to offer advice at all stages of your project’s lifecycle – from strategic input through to project delivery and, if required, dispute resolution.
We create a specialist team from across our full service firm to manage your risk and achieve the best outcome for your project.
We are New Zealand's only commercial law firm to act on all major Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), as well as Christchurch's rebuild Anchor Projects.
Together with our experience and close links with government and major industry players, we are at the forefront of New Zealand’s infrastructure industry.
NZ Government Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) Acted for bidding consortia, D&C subcontractors, and financiers in each of the Government’s recent PPP projects, including Hobsonville Schools, Wiri Prison and Transmission Gully.
Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct (CJESP) Acted for the Ministry of Justice as project sponsor and lead on a number of government agencies in developing an integrated services complex – including the Courts, Police, Fire Service, St John’s Ambulance and Civil Defence.
Central Plains Irrigation Project Advised ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited and Westpac New Zealand Limited (as joint lead arrangers and initial lenders) on project financing of Stage 1 of the Central Plains Water Irrigation Scheme.
Who can help
Partner - Property and Real Estate
David is a highly regarded commercial property lawyer who has advised on some of New Zealand’s largest property transactions and developments.
Advising on property acquisitions, property developments and leasing, David has particular expertise in putting together complex acquisition agreements, project contracts, commercial subdivisions, including office, retail and industrial properties, shopping centres and industrial parks.
David has extensive public and private sector experience in due diligence, and the acquisition and disposal of land, retail premises and office complexes. He also has experience advising clients, including the Crown, in the health, military and energy sectors.
David represents major asset managers in their property portfolio requirements from acquisition, including Overseas Investment Office compliance, management and divestment. David reviews and coordinates property leases.
David also specialises in infrastructure projects, with experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom and a focus on public private partnerships (PPP).
Partner - Corporate and Commercial
John is an experienced corporate and commercial, and public sector lawyer.
He has extensive experience in corporate, commercial law and public law, with a particular emphasis on the infrastructure, technology, gaming, sports, film and entertainment and arts and culture.
John undertakes a broad range of legal work with a particular emphasis on corporate governance, commercial contracting and procurement, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property, and film and television financing.
Recognised as a leading TMT, entertainment, information technology and sports lawyer, John has been consistently listed by publications such as Asialaw, Chambers Global, Australian Legal Business Guide, The Best Lawyers in New Zealand and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers.
John currently serves as a member of the board of each of New Zealand on Air and New Zealand Film Commission.
Partner - Construction
Mark is highly-regarded for his specialist legal work in all aspects of property, construction and development projects. His legal experience spans more than 20 years and includes high-end strategic advice about commercial and construction issues, including funding, procurement, development, legislative and regulatory compliance, and construction of large infrastructure projects.
He has extensive industry experience in construction, health and aging, ports and agriculture. Mark has a formidable track record of achievement in infrastructure and development projects that include roading arrangements, hospital and medical premises and associated amenities, airport and port developments, quarries, regional parks, utilities – electricity schemes, water treatment and waste water projects, education assets, and social housing projects.
Mark acts for owners, developers, contractors, consultants, tenants, investors and financier businesses, both domestically and internationally, on all aspects of property, construction and development projects. Mark has extensive experience in property transactions with particular expertise in real estate finance transactions and in the acquisition and sale of commercial property, property development and corporate sales programmes.
Mark’s strong projects and development background encompasses project planning, procurement and implementation expertise and he has advised on shopping centres, city precinct redevelopment, commercial head office developments, corporate campuses, harbour and seabed developments, coastal land, unit title developments and re-developments, and property refurbishments.
Partner - Environment and Planning
Rachel provides advice on all aspects of environmental and resource management law for private and public sector clients – from design through to approval, implementation and operation.
Rachel has advised extensively on requirements for resource consents, including major industrial and infrastructure projects, and implications of planning requirements. She has significant experience in obtaining complex environmental and project approvals for developers, and advises on other environmental issues including pollution licensing and contaminated land.
Her commercial experience means Rachel can provide practical, down-to-earth solutions to environmental problems in any context – corporate transactions, planning projects or site management.
In recognition of her environmental expertise, Rachel is President of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association.
Partner - Construction and Infrastructure
Sarah is a highly-regarded construction and infrastructure specialist. She has extensive experience acting for both Government and private sector clients in large-scale, complex infrastructure projects. She is known for providing commercially pragmatic, strategic advice on infrastructure funding models, procurement strategies and contracting structures.
Sarah has extensive experience in combining the commercial components of a project with a deep understanding of procurement processes, particularly in pathfinder projects. Sarah leads MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ roles on the City Rail Link project (CRL) and the Anchor Projects in Christchurch, meaning she is adept at conceptualising strategy and navigating challenges inherent in projects carried out in the public eye. Sarah also has particular expertise in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), having acted for sponsors, banks or sub-contractors on all PPPs closed or brought to market in New Zealand to date.
Sarah has been on the Board of Infrastructure New Zealand since 2012 and is an officer of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association. She is also a Board member of MinterEllisonRuddWatts.
Partner - Construction
Stephen is a highly-regarded construction disputes lawyer, and leads MinterEllisonRuddWatts Construction Division in New Zealand.
Stephen’s expertise is in resolving large scale construction contract disputes particularly regarding claims for variations, delays/disruption, and the like, as well as defective works claims. He is very experienced in bringing and defending adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002. He appears regularly in the New Zealand Courts at all levels (including the appellate Courts) and arbitrations, as well as in dispute resolution processes such as mediation and Dispute Resolution Boards.
Stephen’s team is also one of the largest “leaky building” specialist teams in the country, representing parties involved in all aspects of such claims (plaintiff owners and bodies corporate at one end of the spectrum, and builders, subcontractors, consultants, product manufacturers and the Council at the other).
Stephen is named by the Chambers Directory as one of five ranked lawyers in the New Zealand construction field, and by the Asia Pacific Directory as a recommended lawyer (in which MinterEllisonRuddWatts is ranked as tier 1 in Real Estate and Construction). He has previously lectured on Construction Law for the AUT Masters of Construction Management degree, and now lectures on Construction Law for the AUT Law School Masters of Laws degree.
Partner - Banking and Finance
With an extensive career in general banking, corporate finance and project finance matters, Tom provides advice to a number of industries including financial services, infrastructure, government as well as energy and resources.
Tom has led secured and unsecured syndicated lending, restructuring and acquisition, leveraged finance and project finance transactions. He is widely recognised for acting on all the major government PPPs and private sector project finance transactions.
Amongst his many accolades, Tom is named as a leading New Zealand lawyer for banking and finance in Chambers Global and the International Financial Law Review, and recognised by Who’s Who Legal for project finance and banking.