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Construction and infrastructure

When you want a successful procurement process, a project managed to the highest standards, and an overall result that exceeds expectations, expert legal advice is critical. We are New Zealand's largest specialist construction and infrastructure law team, and have advised on major projects throughout New Zealand, the South Pacific, and Australia. Kensington Swan is a member of the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development, the NZ Contractors' Federation, Roading NZ, AMINZ, IPENZ, and the NZ Society of Construction Law.

Construction contract administration

In the construction industry a lot of time is spent negotiating contracts, but all too often commercial benefits are lost during the contract administration phase. Our construction law specialists ensure our clients have the right contract documentation and use it appropriately to protect and enhance their commercial position. More >>

Construction contract procurement

Inadequate procurement processes and poorly drafted construction contracts can derail any project, leading to added expense, time delays, and litigation. More >>

Construction Contracts Act

The introduction of the Construction Contracts Act in 2003 substantially changed the construction industry, mostly for the positive. Kensington Swan led the way with seminars prior to the Act coming into force, with proactive advice since its introduction, and is at the forefront in developing case law and submissions to the Department for Building and Housing. More >>

Construction dispute management

Successful management of construction disputes calls for strategies that produce time-efficient and cost-effective outcomes. Kensington Swan boasts New Zealand’s largest and most experienced building and construction dispute team. We act for local and international parties, including government, statutory bodies and territorial authorities, principals, consultants, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and insurers. Our depth of experience in the construction industry gives us a good understanding of the key players, and just as importantly, their dispute resolution strategies. More >>

Leaky homes/buildings

The impact of a leaky building on those affected goes far beyond financial concerns. This makes finding a pragmatic legal solution all the more important when dealing with leaky building disputes. More >>

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. More >>

Mediation and negotiation

Most construction disputes are resolved by mediation or negotiation. Our specialist litigators are highly experienced in assisting clients to achieve enduring and cost-effective settlements. More >>

Power infrastructure

The contract documentation required for energy projects is often industry-specific. Kensington Swan has specialist expertise and experience in this field. Our team is familiar with the standard forms currently used, and how they need to be adapted to follow New Zealand law and practice. More >>

Public Private Partnerships

After some delay, PPPs are now becoming a recognised procurement tool in New Zealand, with the establishment of the National Infrastructure Unit in Treasury, the publication of New Zealand PPP guidelines and the commencement of New Zealand’s first path finders. More >>

Telecommunications infrastructure

In the telecommunications sector, commercially effective legal advice is critical for contractors, network operators, and other parties to manage risks and achieve their goals. We help our clients to navigate the complex regulatory constraints involved in operating within the sector. More >>

Transport infrastructure

Kensington Swan is a leader in transport infrastructure law. We act for New Zealand’s leading transport agencies, major contractors, and industry groups. More >>

Water and waste infrastructure

Water and waste infrastructure projects require specialist legal expertise to address their risks and commercial impacts. Our team has extensive experience in advising on all types of water and waste infrastructure. More >>

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Partner, Auckland

+64 9 375 1114

paul.buetow@kensingtonswan.com

Special Counsel, Wellington

+64 4 498 0834

helen.brown@kensingtonswan.com

Partner, Auckland

+64 9 375 1151

stuart.robertson@kensingtonswan.com

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