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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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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.

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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