Understanding risk in construction contracts

Much has been said about the unacceptable level of risk being imposed under construction contracts in NZ.   A recent article in the Herald by John Walton succinctly summarised some of the main causes.  Construction contracts do allow for some risk by providing for an...

To meth test or not?

Recently one of the country’s top scientists has released findings which recommend people do not test their homes for methamphetamine. The study by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Peter Gluckman found that New Zealand authorities had made a...

Practical tips for avoiding construction disputes

We want to help you avoid construction disputes.  Having represented numerous parties in construction disputes over the years and being experienced in the arbitration and adjudication of construction disputes, we have a good insight into the common causes of...

Update: Changes to Employment Law

The Government announced this week that 90 day trial periods will only remain available to small businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Labour originally campaigned on keeping trial periods on the basis that workers could challenge a dismissal through a new referee...

Christmas Closures

The Christmas season is a hectic time for most of us.  Work and personal commitments escalate in the mad rush towards Christmas Day. While some industries (such as retail and hospitality) are entering their busiest time of the year, other industries (like...