For years we have represented a wide number of construction and property businesses throughout NZ and helped resolve their disputes.  We have represented numerous plaintiffs and defendants in leaky building claims. We represent claimants and respondents in Construction Contract Act claims and adjudication.  We regularly represent clients in the District and High Courts on construction and property-related disputes. We also accept appointments as adjudicator and arbitrator on construction disputes.

Recent examples of our construction and property work include:

  • Appointment as an administrator of a body corporate by the High Court to oversee a weathertight remedial works programme;
  • Representing a respondent construction company in a construction contracts act adjudication;
  • Applying to the High Court to have a caveat removed from a client’s property;
  • Reviewing a significant local government maintenance contract for a larger construction client.


Talbot Law can offer advice and support in disputes before numerous courts and tribunal as well as mediations, arbitration and expert determination. We ensure the appropriate experience and expertise is applied to resolving your legal issue to best protect your reputation and business

Recent work includes

  • Defending a summary judgment brought against a client
  • Applying to the High Court for leave to appeal an arbitration award
  • Defending an application for security for costs


We, or friends and family, make mistakes from time to time and end up in Court.  The criminal justice system can be bewildering unless you have expert guidance and advice from the outset.  We have represented clients in the criminal justice system continuously for close to 20 years.

Recent examples include:

  • Representing a client facing indecent assault charges;
  • Defending a client facing domestic violence charges in a jury trial;
  • Defending a client facing multiple fraud charges in a jury trial;
  • Arranging appropriate representation for numerous clients facing drink driving charges.


We have represented a number of clients facing charges under the Building Act and the RMA.  This is technical, specialised work where experience really does count.

Recent examples include:

  • Representing a number of farmers charged by Regional Councils with unlawful effluent discharges under the RMA including, in one case, having all charges withdrawn;
  • Representing a construction company charged with failing to apply for a building consent;
  • Representing two different organisations charged under the Building Act with failing to comply with notices to fix.


We can advise on the preparation of employment agreements and processes to help minimise the prospect of employment disputes. Our clients are a mix of employers and employees and if disputes do arise we can help find a cost effective and pragmatic solution.

Recent employment law work includes

  • Advising a General Manager on a dispute with a governance board
  • Guiding a small business client through a personal grievance from an employee
  • Protection of employer intellectual property


Our staff has years of experience in sports administration and advocacy.  Michael is a current director of Waikato Rugby and Courtney is on the board of Waikato Rowing.   We advise athletes and sports organisations on all areas of sports law.

Recent examples include:

  • Reviewing and amending club constitution
  • Assisting an athlete with breach of contract by the employer
  • Advising a professional sports person on contract negotiations