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What the team is known for

Simpson Grierson is renowned for assisting public sector stakeholders on procurement and contracting issues for major projects, and acts regularly as an adviser to local government entities on essential public infrastructure projects. Additionally maintains a comprehensive specialist dispute resolution practice with a leading reputation for representing consultants, contractors and subcontractors. Notable clients include City Rail Link and Auckland Council.

Strengths

Clients value the legal team's extensive experience and knowledge of the construction sector, with one noting: "They are involved in most of the significant construction projects in New Zealand," adding: "They provide excellent service. They have essentially become part of the team and work with us to achieve the best outcomes."

Another interviewee observes that "they have a specialist construction team, which not all large firms have," and appreciates the construction team's "good robust advice," stating: "They are no-nonsense and will tell when you are dreaming. There is commerciality to their advice: 'Here is what we think and here is an option for a resolution.'"

Work highlights

Simpson Grierson represented Watercare Services on the procurement for the Central Interceptor Main Works project, a major wastewater project, valued at NZD1.2 billion.

Notable practitioners

Michael Weatherall is highly regarded for his extensive experience advising on some of New Zealand's largest projects. One client finds he "has a good understanding of what we are trying to achieve, and provides accurate and concise advice, to an excellent quality."

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