Partner - Construction
Stephen is a highly-regarded construction disputes lawyer. His 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.
- 1996, New Zealand
- LLB, BCom, University of Auckland
- Member, New Zealand Society of Construction Law
- Construction Litigation
- Contractual Disputes
- Defective Buildings
- Ranked as a leading Real Estate and Construction lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
- Ranked as a Band 1 Construction lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific
- Winner - Construction Disputes Law Firm of the Year New Zealand - Global Law Experts Awards 2016
- Recognised by Best Lawyers for Construction Law