Jane Mctavish Butler

Special Counsel 

Jane is involved in a variety of high-profile cases, significant negotiations, mediations, and memberships of professional bodies in the legal, building and construction industries.  She holds both parts of the New Zealand Law Society Mediation Certificate.

Among her best known cases in the District, High and appellant courts, Jane obtained the first judgment for consequential losses to home-owners in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, was counsel in the High Court in the Botany Downs Secondary School litigation, and in the Sunset Terraces building negligence matter. She was involved in the criminal jury trial relating to the first charges of theft of trade secrets prosecuted in New Zealand.  Jane presents to professional bodies in the construction industry and is a member of the faculty for the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills Programme.

  • Minister of Education & Ors v H Construction North Island Limited (formerly Hawkins Construction North Island Limited) [2018] NZHC 871
  • Body Corporate 188529 v North Shore City Council [2008] 3 NZLR 479
  • Suda Group Ltd v Wai [2008] NZCA 101

LLB, University of Auckland

Advanced Litigation Skills Diploma, New Zealand Law Society

Litigation Skills Diploma & Journalism Diploma, Wellington Institute of Technology.

Other credentials:

  • Supervising Solicitor for New Zealand Law Society Duty Solicitor Training Scheme from 2000 to 2003