Property Litigation.

Property litigation

Meredith Connell’s expert property litigation team is one of the busiest practices nationwide.

As New Zealand’s largest litigation firm, we have the skills and expertise to resolve disputes through commercial negotiations, mediation or alternative dispute resolution and, if necessary, in the courts - where our experience extends to acting in some of the biggest damages claims in the country.

Working closely with our front-end property, resource management and construction experts within Meredith Connell’s Infrastructure and Projects Group, we offer a truly integrated service approach which ensures that we are fully aware of potential issues throughout the life of your project.

We don’t leave you to join the dots in lining up or defending a claim. We are property industry experts, and have extensive networks throughout the property sector. Our firm has access to the experts you need, including property surveyors and quantum experts who are capable of assessing the technical merits of each claim.

Courtroom experts

As litigation specialists, we act in the largest number of property-related claims of any New Zealand law firm. At any time, we are the solicitors on record in dozens of High Court cases, including some of the highest-value claims in the country.

We manage the multi-billion- dollar litigation programme for the building portfolio of the Ministry of Education, one of the largest national property owners, and have obtained significant recoveries in defective building claims.

Meredith Connell’s lawyers are courtroom ready, and can cut through to the key factual and legal issues in complex construction and property-related cases.

Construction disputes

We understand that cash flow is the lifeblood of the construction industry and that matters relating to contentious construction are not only unique, but can also be a significant drain on your time and resources. Our focus is to deliver practical and cost-effective solutions so that you are able to move forward in the knowledge that your business has been protected.

We have specific experience in construction-related mediations, acting for owners, contractors and subcontractors in adjudications, arbitration or litigation. This ensures that you are provided with specialist advice and representation at whatever stage or forum.

Our industry expertise includes

  • Building Act
  • Building insurance liability issues
  • Contractual disputes, for example breaches and warranties arising out of vendor and purchaser agreements, caveats and specific performance
  • Construction Contracts Act, including representation at adjudications
  • Lease related issues, acting on behalf of the landlord or tenant
  • Property-related debt recovery
  • Property Law Act
  • Rent review issues
  • Resource Management Act
  • Unit Titles Act