Jordan Oldham

Senior Associate Pouarataki Pāhake


Jordan is an experienced construction, infrastructure and projects lawyer.

Jordan has particular experience in the infrastructure sector, including advising central and local Government on some of New Zealand’s largest and most critical infrastructure projects and reform programmes. Jordan also advised the Department for Internal Affairs on the Water Services Reform Programme, one of the most significant reform programmes introduced in recent years.

Jordan advises a range of private and public sector clients (including principals and contractors) on all phases of a project’s lifecycle from procurement, through construction and into operation. He is respected and trusted by clients who value his guidance and advice.

Drawing on a wealth of experience advising on different contracting forms, structures and risk-sharing arrangements in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Jordan works with clients to develop procurement strategies, draft and negotiate project documentation, and provide ongoing assistance during the delivery phase. He is driven to provide excellent advice to clients that is clear and concise, legally astute, and ultimately commercially pragmatic.

Clients value Jordan’s wealth of experience in the infrastructure sector. Prior to returning 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.

Taking an active interest in mentoring junior lawyers, Jordan lectures at the University of Auckland Law School and 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.

Advised the Department of Internal Affairs on the development and implementation of the Government’s three waters reform programme. This was a large-scale and complex programme that represented 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 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 public and private sector clients (including principals and contractors) on the development and negotiation of construction contracts, consultant agreements and related project documentation.

  • Member, Infrastructure New Zealand
  • Member, Society of Construction Law New Zealand
Achievements and recognition
  • Rising Star, Project Development, IFLR1000
  • Rising Star, NZ Lawyer, 2024
  • Tier 1 team, Construction, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
  • Band 1 team, Construction, Chambers Asia-Pacific