Thu 15 August | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | ADLS, Chancery Chambers, Auckland MAP


A raft of construction company failures, protracted disputes and proposed legislative changes suggest that construction law, in all its various forms, does not provide a satisfactory framework to deal with the present demands and needs of the industry.

This seminar will explore several key areas where problems in construction law exist, how practitioners can advise their clients on these and what might be done in the future to improve matters.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn more about contractual issues which currently face construction lawyers including termination provisions, the role of the engineer especially in respect of impartiality and accountability, and problems in the dispute process relating to delay analysis and the evidence of costs and losses.
  • Understand better why the adjudication process does not fulfil its intended purpose, and what alternatives are available to resolve construction disputes.
  • Gain insights into the latest wave of proposed building reforms including the 2019 amendments to the Building Act 2004, the Construction Sector Accord of April 2019, suggestions for new statutory obligations on building material suppliers, the radical revision of the builder licensing regime, and quasi-compulsory third party guarantees for residential projects. 

Who should attend?

Building and construction lawyers, commercial lawyers, general practitioners with property-owning or construction industry clients, and barristers in civil practice.

The seminar will be relevant to other professionals involved in the construction industry including accountants, engineers, quantity surveyors, building inspectors, and architects.


In person registration only

Please note this page is only for registration to attend in person.

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Geoff Hardy
Martelli McKegg

Ariana Stuart
Senior Associate
Kensington Swan

Scott Thompson
Senior Associate 


Janine Stewart