Simpson Grierson

Construction Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Experienced team assisting private and public sector stakeholders in major projects and complex developments. A leading adviser to local government entities on essential public infrastructure projects. Also offers a comprehensive specialist dispute resolution practice with a leading reputation for representing consultants, contractors and subcontractors.

Strengths One interviewee reports: "They understand our business and give good commercial advice, they challenge us in areas, and we are very impressed with their resources."

Another client identifies "readily accessible senior partners" as a distinguishing characteristic.

Work highlights Appointed by Watercare Services to provide advice on the procurement for the Central Interceptor Main Works infrastructure project, a sizeable wastewater project in Auckland valued at NZD1.2 billion.

Acted for 48 of New Zealand's local authorities in preparing a response to proceedings that arose from the defective construction of school buildings, with charges brought by the Ministry of Education against building product manufacturers.

Notable practitioners

Michael Weatherall is acknowledged as a leading front-end construction lawyer by market sources, and often acts on the largest infrastructure projects in New Zealand. As one client points out, "he is actually an engineer as well, so he is a unique breed who has branched out and got into law. He has a good understanding of what we do, has an engaging personality, and is a good communicator."