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What the team is known for

MinterEllison possesses a 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 such as Auckland Council, Stride Property, AECOM and Generus Living.


An interviewee states: "MinterEllisonRuddWatts are far and away my firm of choice for construction and infrastructure advice," further elaborating: "They have a stable, very experienced team and have an unmatched knowledge of the sector, setting and context."

Another identifies the legal team's "high standing in their field of law in New Zealand," adding: "They are well known and well respected by all in the industry. They are very thorough and considered in their advice in terms of both the practical possibilities and potential outcomes of legal routes."

Work highlights

MinterEllisonRuddWatts advised the Department of Internal Affairs on improvements to the regulation and supply arrangements of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater, including public and construction contracts, entity design and governance.

Notable practitioners

Janine Stewart is particularly well regarded for her construction disputes practice. Clients praise her depth of knowledge, with one noting that she is "technically strong" with "an excellent understanding of the subject matter."

Mark Crosbie is a partner in the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Auckland office, where he is highly regarded for advising on construction contracts for large commercial property developments, particularly within the retail, hospitality and health sectors. One client appreciates that he is "very proactive and not reactive," adding: "He anticipates the next steps and understands the project requirements in great depth. He is not just limited to the law."

Sarah Sinclair is chair of MinterEllisonRuddWatts and highly reputed in the market for advising governmental clients on major infrastructure projects. One interviewee singles out her "deep understanding of the building and construction sector," while another observes: "Sarah's a leading New Zealand lawyer who brings the best out of her teams, has excellent technical skills herself, is very collaborative and has an exceptional network."

Stephen Price is widely considered to be one of the leaders in the construction disputes market. One interviewee praises him as a "highly skilled litigator" with an "excellent understanding of the construction industry."

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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


Stewart, Janine (Head of Department)

Crosbie, Mark

Price, Stephen

Sinclair, Sarah

Thompson, Scott

Tomlinson, Travis



Auckland Council

Kiwi Property


Ministry of Transport

Mitsubishi Motors


Ports of Auckland

Stride Property




Level 22, PwC Tower

15 Customs Street West

Auckland City

Auckland City


New Zealand


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Ranked Lawyers

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


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