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Meredith Connell’s construction specialists undertake big projects, small projects and everything in between. We handle more construction contracts than any other law firm in New Zealand and we are frequently involved in advising clients on the largest and most exciting construction and infrastructure projects in the country. We help you turn your vision into a reality.

Our lawyers have worked on major construction projects around the world, on all sides of deals. We have successfully advised clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including social infrastructure and urban development, rail and other transportation projects, property development, energy and power, water and wastewater and other infrastructure projects.


We understand scale. That doesn’t mean we’re light on detail. Because of our experience, we know every deal is different. We work closely with you to find out what you want to achieve, and we deliver results. 

Our team is familiar with a variety of New Zealand industry standard forms used in the market, including NZS3910, NZS3915, NZS3916, NZIA and Master Builders. We also have experience in using international forms such as FIDIC and NEC which have been adapted for use on New Zealand projects.

BUILDING Specific Solutions

Unlike some, though, we’re not slaves to standard forms. We recognise their value and their place, but understand that each project has its own individual risk profile and circumstances within which contracts need to operate. Our local and international experience is the foundation for building specific solutions that meet our clients’ needs and we handle project risks in a mature, commercial and cost-effective manner.

Our legal skills will help you identify and minimise risk and our commercial approach and knowledge will assist you in maximising the value of your transaction.

Recent examples of our experience include

  • Advising the Ministry of Education on the construction of new schools and major redevelopments as well as its multi-billion-dollar national remediation programme
  • Counselling a district council in relation to its waste-water processing plant, including advising on the contractual framework for its construction and negotiating with various parties for the successful completion of the project
  • Advising property developer Grand Central NZ regarding the construction contract and associated documents for the earthworks and new office building to be erected on Cashel Street, Christchurch