Construction Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for A strong presence in front-end construction law, with a specialised infrastructure practice as well as impressive litigation, mediation and arbitration experience. Key experience in adjudication matters, with a broad client base of government bodies, contractors and international companies. International reputation for its adept handling of matters arising out of property and transportation development contracts.

Strengths A client praises the team's commercial awareness, noting: "They understand our commercial drivers, we're impressed in that respect."

Another client adds: "They have good expertise in the construction area and they're good across all levels of the team."

Work highlights Represented the Orange Consortium, comprising of CPB Contractors, UGL, Beca, Jacobs New Zealand and McMillan Jacobs, with regards to the Auckland City Rail Link project.

Notable practitioners

Paul Buetow is an esteemed infrastructure and projects specialist advising on transport, social infrastructure, water and energy sectors. He has a broad client base which incorporates government bodies, local authorities and major contractors. He frequently acts on the tender and negotiation of construction contracts.

Stuart Robertson is a senior practitioner respected in the market for his skills and experience. One interviewee states: "He is good at adjudication," with another describing him as "a prominent player." He often represents contractors on disputes relating to residential and commercial developments as well as infrastructure projects.