Chris and his team have been counsel in several claims involving the enforcement of rights under the Construction Contracts Act. Chris and members of his team have also worked alongside quantity surveyors, architects as well as engineers to help achieve sensible commercial solutions to a number of complex construction claims.
Construction litigation can entail claims based in tort, often in negligence, or claims relating to the terms of the construction contract between the parties. The Construction Contracts Act 2002 applies to all such contracts entered into after 1 April 2003, whether or not governed by New Zealand law, and whether written, oral, or partly written and partly oral. Among other objectives, the Act provides mechanisms for timely payments between parties to construction contracts and remedies for the recovery of payments under construction contracts.
When a construction project significantly fails to go as planned, any delay to a resolution of the inevitable dispute that follows simply compounds the problem. Chris approaches construction litigation with the aim of resolving disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible so that the construction project is not compromised.