Duncan is a senior member of our construction and major projects team. He helps develop and negotiate contracts for large infrastructure, commercial and residential construction projects. He also helps manage and resolve disputes that arise during construction.

Duncan advises local government agencies, as well as private developers, contractors, consultants and subcontractors. These include large overseas companies carrying out construction projects in New Zealand, and New Zealand companies working overseas. He works closely with in-house counsel and commercial managers.

Duncan is familiar with all forms of procurement and has a particular interest in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). He advised on the contracts for a number of PPPs in the UK, where he worked for the country’s largest construction law team. Since coming to New Zealand he has advised on the majority of PPP projects here.

If you’re undertaking a large construction project Duncan can help develop and draft contracts that ensure it operates smoothly and with a minimum of risk. Should a dispute arise once work has started he will help you resolve it as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Duncan is a long-time archer who enjoys firing arrows at a target whenever he has the chance.

Admission date: 

2002 (England and Wales)

2012 (New Zealand)


Duncan has advised:

  • CPB Contractors on a successful consortium bid for a $200 million PPP project for five new schools. This was the third schools PPP project and seventh PPP project of any kind in New Zealand.
  • Auckland Transport on the City Rail Link Enabling Works Contracts. This is one of the biggest projects ever undertaken in New Zealand.  
  • Whanganui District Council on its High Court proceedings against the designers of its wastewater treatment plant.  
  • Serco Asia Pacific on all documents relating to its role as operator and facilities manager of the Wiri Prison PPP project, New Zealand’s first PPP.
  • On a significant dispute regarding the construction of the Kupe gas processing plant in Taranaki. The dispute included the use of Construction Contract Act 2002 procedures.
  • Auckland Theatre Company on the contracts for the design and construction of their iconic new waterfront theatre in the Wynyard Quarter.




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