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Construction law

Construction law

New Zealand’s construction industry has a number of unique statutory and regulatory requirements that require specialist legal knowledge and expertise.

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With years of hands-on experience in construction-related disputes as well as contracting and compliance issues, our team can provide comprehensive legal advice on all aspects of the construction industry with a focus on achieving workable and cost-effective outcomes.

Our expertise includes:

  • Negotiating and reviewing construction contracts
  • Claims and proceedings under the Construction Contracts Act
  • Acting for clients involved in leaky building claims including participation at WHRS mediations and adjudications
  • Acting for clients involved in construction claims in the courts and at arbitration
  • Assisting clients with debt recovery and best practice including developing terms and conditions of trade and compliance with the Building Act

Read our articles on construction law

Residential Building Work – What Obligations Will My Builder Owe?

A person’s home is their castle, so the saying goes. However, sometimes constructing the castle can be a dauting process. It is important, therefore, to know about the protections that exist for residential consumers. In this article, we summarise some key documents a residential consumer should expect to receive from the builder during the course a building project.

Retentions under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 – Changes are Coming

The loopholes in the Act’s retentions regime are about to tighten. Contractors are set to face an increased administrative burden when managing retentions. There will also be significant consequences if the Act is not complied with. In this article Building and Construction Expert, Karen Shaw, outlines the changes that are currently being considered by Parliament.
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