Construction law covers all aspects of building, engineering and construction projects, including infrastructure development and public procurement, from inception through to completion. At present, the construction industry is going through a period of capacity constraint, with the development of housing and infrastructure booming, and contractors struggling to meet demand.
The Government has recognised these difficulties and has recently entered into the construction industry accord, in the hope of changing procurement behaviours, providing for fairer allocations of risk and reducing the potential for dispute and contractor failures. How that accord transpires into practice, only time will tell.
Disputes, at some level, are almost inevitable with such high values and high levels of uncertainty. Durable resolution of those disputes will vary from case to case, but experience both in New Zealand and internationally has shown that early identification of potential disagreements, and addressing those disagreements significantly reduces the likelihood for protracted litigation.
Bankside Chambers has experts in all aspects of construction law, including peer reviewing and probity auditing procurement processes, mediating disputes before positions harden, independent neutral evaluation, and acting as advocates at all levels, expert determiners, adjudicators and arbitrators.