Jordan Oldham

Senior Associate Pouarataki Pāhake


Jordan is an experienced infrastructure and projects lawyer. He advises a range of private and public sector clients on all phases of a project’s lifecycle from procurement, through construction and into operation.

An infrastructure projects specialist, Jordan advises central and local Government on some of New Zealand’s largest and most critical infrastructure projects and reform programmes, including the Auckland Light Rail and City Rail Link Projects. Jordan also advises the Department for Internal Affairs on the Three Waters Reform Programme, one of the most significant reform programmes introduced in recent years.

Jordan advises a range of private and public sector clients on procurement and construction-related matters (including local councils, civils contractors and aged care/retirement village operators).

Clients value Jordan’s wealth of experience in the infrastructure sector. Prior to retuning to New Zealand, Jordan worked in London where he expanded his experience with both private practice (Stephenson Harwood LLP) and in-house (Arriva Group) roles in the transport sector. He has advised on a range of different contracting forms, structures and risk-sharing arrangements in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Jordan is respected and trusted by clients who value his guidance and advice. He is driven to provide excellent advice to clients that is clear and concise, legally astute, and ultimately commercially pragmatic.

Taking an active interest in mentoring junior lawyers, Jordan lectures as part of the Construction Law paper at the University of Auckland Law School and the Law for Construction Management paper as part of the Master of Construction Management programme at the Auckland University of Technology. He also runs training sessions for clients focusing on New Zealand’s suite of construction contracts.

Career highlights

Advising the Crown on all aspects of the Auckland Light Rail and City Rail Link Projects, two of the most complex transport infrastructure projects currently underway in New Zealand. This includes advising on governance arrangements, decision making and oversight arrangements, procurement and delivery of main project works, stakeholder engagement and agreements for the integration of the projects into the broader transport network.

Advising the Department of Internal Affairs on the development and implementation of the Government’s three waters reform programme. This is a large-scale and complex project that represents a step-change in local government water services delivery arrangements.

Advising the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on the Opotiki Harbour Development Project. This includes assisting with the the drafting and negotiation of the construction contract, supply agreements and other key project documents.

Advising local government on the procurement and delivery of various infrastructure projects throughout New Zealand, including Yarrow Stadium in Taranaki and the Olympic Pool redevelopment project in Gisborne.

Advising major aged care and retirement developers on the procurement and delivery of retirement village developments across New Zealand, as well as remediation projects.

Advising Fulton Hogan on various infrastructure projects, including the development of a suite of template documentation for use with subcontractors, suppliers, and consultants on the Waimea Dam community project.

  • Member, Infrastructure New Zealand
  • Member, Society of Construction Law New Zealand
Achievements and recognition
  • Rising Star, Project Development, IFLR1000
  • Band 1 team, Construction, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Tier 1 team, Construction, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific