Construction & major projects

Vast local and international construction and major projects experience

Our dedicated construction and major projects lawyers based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have advised on a huge array of projects throughout New Zealand and around the world.

Our deep market knowledge, commercial acumen, pragmatic and solutions-based approach combined with our intellectual rigor and commitment to providing a service of the highest calibre puts us at the forefront of the construction and projects sector.

We act for the full spectrum of industry participants – including central and local government, private developers, contractors, consultants and lenders – so we know the issues that count from each perspective.

We advise clients at all stages of major construction projects across a variety of sectors including:

  • infrastructure including roads, rail, airports, ports, stadiums, convention centres and telecommunications
  • residential, including social, affordable, private and special housing areas
  • commercial, office and retail
  • tourism and leisure
  • healthcare
  • education
  • power, including hydro, geothermal, solar, gas, diesel and coal fired power plants and wind farms
  • water, including the 3 waters projects, wastewater treatment, irrigation schemes and desalination plants
  • oil and gas (upstream, midstream and downstream)
  • industrial developments, and
  • mining.

Our team offers a seamless service across the entire project lifecycle, including advising on:

  • consenting, environment and property
  • joint venture arrangements and corporate structuring
  • procurement, tendering and project management
  • probity
  • consultant appointments
  • early contractor involvement (ECI), construction contracts and EPC/turnkey contracts
  • subcontracts and supply and service contracts
  • operation and maintenance contracts
  • alliances, BOOTs, PPPs and other alternative procurement arrangements
  • government and iwi relations
  • financing including project financing
  • health and safety
  • employment
  • tax
  • the legislative environment, including the Construction Contracts Acts 2002, and
  • dispute resolution.

Experience highlights

We have advised:

  • the Ministry of Health on the Burwood, Christchurch and Grey Base Hospital redevelopment projects, being the largest ever healthcare construction programme in New Zealand
  • the Ministry of Education on its vast construction programme
  • a developer, lender and lead consortium member on three separate major social housing developments around New Zealand
  • Multiple bidders on the construction of the City Rail Link Project in Auckland
  • Crown Irrigation Investments on the government's investments in regional irrigation schemes, and a number of irrigation entities on the consenting and development of hydro generation and/or irrigation schemes


    Ranked Tier One for construction by independent legal directories Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2020.

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