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Major building projects

When negotiating the complexities of a major building project, expert legal advice is the key to reaching milestones on time and within budget.

The law firm behind landmark buildings

Our construction and infrastructure specialists have advised the New Zealand construction industry for over 40 years. We have acted, and continue to act, on many of this country’s landmark buildings. 

You will benefit from our skills and knowledge in negotiating, drafting, and advising on complex contracts, including:

  • agreements to lease
  • development agreements
  • tender conditions and negotiations
  • construction contracts
  • consultant contracts
  • multi-party funding agreements and bonds
  • management and licence agreements.

At the outset, we will work with you to identify, manage, and allocate the risks of projects, and advise you on the range of delivery models to ensure the project’s objectives and priorities are achieved.

Our construction law team works closely with our property and finance lawyers to put together the best team for your project, ensuring you receive a seamless service and specialist advice.

Recent experience

Earthquake strengthening and fit-out

We drafted a number of consultant agreements and construction contracts for the private owner of a Wellington CBD building undergoing both earthquake strengthening of the entire building, and new office and retail fit-outs of several floors. The challenges included the need for retail businesses and office tenants to continue operating during the project.

Government head office

We acted for a large Government department in negotiations with developers regarding the construction and fit-out of a new head office in Wellington. Ensuring the department received the most appropriate and cost-effective result required negotiations with multiple developers.

World-class tennis facility

We acted for an Australian sports developer/owner in the development of a world-class tennis facility in Auckland. This included preparing layered leasing arrangements, drafting and reviewing construction and development contracts, making an Overseas Investment Act application, and negotiating with local sporting bodies. In addition, we assisted the client to achieve a project goal of hosting a major tournament during the construction period.


Related legal services

Property and real estate law
Commercial leasing
Banking and finance law
Public Private Partnerships
Property dispute resolution

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