Construction Law: Contracts, Disputes & Proposed Law Reforms (live stream)

Live Stream 2 CPD Hrs
Thu 15 August | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | Your desk or on your portable device


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 current contractual issues – how to terminate or resist termination, how to hold the engineer to the contract to account, and proving damages due to defects and delays.
  • Understand better the shortcomings of CCA adjudication and what other dispute-resolution options might be preferable.
  • Gain insights into the proposed construction law reforms – a fairer approach to Government procurement, new merchant liability, extension of licensing to the commercial sector, and mandatory residential guarantees.

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.


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Geoff Hardy

Martelli McKegg

Geoff Hardy is a partner in the Auckland law firm Martelli McKegg and has 44 years’ experience in commercial and construction law.

He is the legal adviser to the Certified Builders Association and the author of their suite of building contracts, and he has provided legal services to several hundred of their 2,400 builder members.

He is an expert adviser to the Building Practitioners Board, is a prolific publisher of articles and presenter of seminar papers on construction law, and is heavily involved in law reform and continuing education initiatives

Ariana Stuart
Senior Associate
Kensington Swan

Ariana is a Senior Associate in Kensington Swan's Construction and Major Projects team. Ariana advises clients across the industry, both at local and international level including government, statutory bodies and territorial authorities, principals, consultants, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and insurers.  

Ariana helps resolve a wide range of disputes on construction projects and has specialist expertise in litigating performance bonds. Ariana also advises clients on issues arising during the life of projects. She drafts and negotiates contracts for road, transport, social housing and other infrastructure projects, including public private partnerships.

Scott Thompson
Senior Associate 

Scott Thompson is a senior associate in MinterEllisonRuddWatt’s construction division. He principally advises on complex construction and infrastructure contract disputes, including on defective design and building works claims, variations, disruption and delay claims, and provides project management of disputes during the course of active projects.

He acts for developers, owners, contractors, consultants, and subcontractors. Previously, Scott spent significant time in the United States (Houston TX and Seattle WA) working for a leading US law firm as a transactional and projects lawyer in the energy sector, advising public companies, private equity firms, and leading US financial institutions, on a variety of high-value transactions and projects. Scott is licensed in New Zealand, New York and Texas.


Janine Stewart