Simpson Grierson

Construction Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for 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.

Strengths Interviewees value the team's breadth of expertise, with one stating: "Because they are well regarded and widely used, they have a lot of intelligence across sectors."

Another source, who speaks of the practice's "good work and depth of expertise," also notes: "They have a deep understanding of both business and the associated legislation."

Work highlights Advised City Rail Link on all procurement and contracting aspects of this major, NZD3.5 billion redevelopment of the Auckland railway system.

Notable practitioners

Michael Weatherall
is highly regarded for his extensive experience advising on some of New Zealand's largest projects. Dubbed "Mr Construction" by one client, he draws praise from another interviewee, who says: "As well as being a good lawyer, he was an engineer and understands the technical subject matter. He has a lot of industry credibility in the market."