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Asia-Pacific 2022
New Zealand Construction
Band 3


Provided by Russell McVeagh

Our Construction practice has a well-established reputation in vertical construction, concentrated around institutional real estate clients and major infrastructure assets. We help clients with projects from start to finish, whether they are looking to raise finance for a property acquisition, or are involved in the construction of a major infrastructure project – we have the right expertise for all property and construction related matters.

We act for large developers and contractors, as well as being appointed by receivers and liquidators to provide advice arising from high-profile construction sector insolvencies. Providing strategic and legal advice, we act on the disputes arising, whether in arbitration, adjudication or other dispute resolution processes under the contract.

Our team offers in-depth knowledge of national and international standard contractual forms, quality advice on relevant legislation such as the Construction Contracts Act, experience of current market practice, and comprehensive construction and projects dispute management. 

Our team is best known for:

·         providing strategic advice;

·         our in-depth knowledge of the market, standard industry documentation, relevant legislation;

·         delivering results which achieve our clients' commercial objectives;

·         acting in complex, commercially sensitive and high-value disputes;

·         acting in several high-profile insolvencies in the construction industry.

Chambers Review

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Construction - New Zealand
Band 3
What the team is known for

Russell McVeagh is a well-resourced group with an impressive roster of clients that includes major property developers, public companies and energy companies. Regularly handles the contracting aspects of transport, social and utilities infrastructure and commercial developments, and offers noted expertise on vertical construction issues. Recognised capability in disputes concerning procurement and contracts. Notable clients include Precinct Properties, Woolworths and LOGOS.


One interviewee underlines the legal team's "genuine expertise and commerciality," adding: "They are easy to work with and create a team culture with their client. They understand tight time constraints to which clients work and always deliver on these. They are not only focused on your issues but interested in the business and the wider ramifications."

A client singles out Russell McVeagh's "construction dispute expertise and commerciality in managing these." Another concurs, stating: "Russell McVeagh are well known in the market, especially in construction law and disputes. They have different levels of support with a wide range of experience, which enables quick and concise advice."

Work highlights

Russell McVeagh's construction team advised Precinct Properties on its construction contract with Fletchers for the Commercial Bay development, as well as arrangements with Auckland Transport for a NZD1 billion development.

Notable practitioners

Ed Crook is a key contact for clients.


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Anna Crosbie

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Ed Crook

Head of Department

Michael Taylor

Polly Pope


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Auckland International Airport

Kiwi Property Group

Logos Property Group

Oyster Property Group