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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

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Contribution claims, Limitation and the Building Act 2004 – An ongoing debate

In a recent High Court decision, BNZ Branch Properties Limited v Wellington City Council the Court found that the 10 year longstop period in the Building Act 2004 does not apply to claims for contribution under s 17(1)(c) of the Law Reform Act 1936. This is the latest in a series of conflicting High Court authorities on this point.
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Construction Contracts – Make sure you have one!

Construction law expert Karen Shaw reviews a recent judgment which highlights the importance of getting documentation finalised before starting any construction work. An expensive lesson learnt by a big company that can be applied to all working in the industry.
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