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What the team is known for

Focused specialist construction department with a deep bench of practitioners who provide a comprehensive service on all aspects of front and back-end construction issues. Skilled offering for large and complex construction projects, acting on commercial property developments, housing and large transport infrastructure projects. Clients include property developers, contractors and government bodies.

Strengths

One interviewee particularly appreciates the fact that the team is "very well informed and linked to the commercial world."

Work highlights

Represented The Crown, through the Ministry of Transport, in the procurement and construction of the City Centre to Māngere light rail mass transport project in Auckland.

Notable practitioners

Janine Stewart is particularly well regarded for her construction disputes practice. One interviewee reports that she is "very smart and very capable, balancing this with very good commercial pragmatism," adding: "She's very client-centric and very keen to ensure that what she is doing meets and exceeds expectations."

Mark Crosbie is a "seasoned practitioner," highly regarded for advising on construction contracts for large commercial property developments, particularly within the retail, hospitality and health sectors.

Sarah Sinclair is highly reputed in the market for advising governmental clients on major infrastructure projects. One client describes her as "very commercial and client-focused, with a fantastic network of connections and positive stakeholder relationships."

Stephen Price is widely considered to be one of the leaders in the construction disputes market. Sources note that he has "a lot of experience" and a forthright style which means that "you always know what you are getting and where you stand."

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Overview

Our Construction team has the largest offering in New Zealand, and we are involved in all aspects of significant construction projects across the country. Our expertise spans front and back end construction matters, meaning we are uniquely placed to provide continuum of service from project inception to completion and beyond.

We can help you with all aspects of commercial building projects, infrastructure projects, government and local government projects, international projects and construction related disputes. You will also benefit from our regular industry updates and seminar schedule, ensuring you are at the forefront of what’s going on in the New Zealand construction sector.

  • Advising Ports of Auckland on all aspects of the procurement, construction and operation of New Zealand’s first hydrogen plant and refuelling station
  • Advising the Crown (through Ministry of Transport) on the City Centre to Māngere light rail mass transport project and the City Rail Link Project
  • Advising Ōtākaro on structuring, procurement and funding of Anchor Projects for Christchurch rebuild
  • Advising Refining NZ on the development of New Zealand’s largest solar farm
  • Advising Auckland Council on a wide spectrum of defective building litigation
  • Advised Kiwi Property Group on both the original development and the staged expansion of its Sylvia Park Shopping Centre

Members

Stewart, Janine (Head of Department)

Crosbie, Mark

Price, Stephen

Sinclair, Sarah

Thompson, Scott

Tomlinson, Travis

Clients

AECOM

Auckland Council

Kiwi Property

Metlifecare

Ministry of Transport

Mitsubishi Motors

Ōtākaro

Ports of Auckland

Stride Property

Construction Department

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

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Department location

Level 22, PwC Tower

15 Customs Street West

Auckland City

Auckland City

Auckland

New Zealand

1010

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

New Zealand

Construction


Janine Stewart
Band 2
Mark Crosbie
Band 1
Sarah Sinclair
Band 1
Stephen Price
Band 1