Important COVID-19 Update


These are certainly challenging times for us all.

We are committed to doing everything we can to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, those who use our services and their representatives and the communities we serve to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, our people will begin working remotely from today, Monday 23 March.

Having well developed online dispute resolution options, it will in many ways be business as usual for us as we focus on providing a seamless service, regardless of where our Registry staff, adjudicators, arbitrators and mediators are working.

We know you are working through similar challenges to ours and that these are uncertain times for everyone. From all of us here we send our thoughts to you, your teams and families.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance to you and we will keep you informed with any further updates.

March 2018

In this issue we feature the approach to judicial review of adjudicator’s determinations taken by the courts in NSW and New Zealand.

We also look at on-demand v conditional bonds, pitfalls of drafting a subsequent agreement on an underlying contract, the Supreme Court’s finding of the general reliance all owners place in council’s building control functions and its approach to deductions to any award of damages for contributory negligence, the TCC’s approach to prospective v retrospective delay analysis, and more.

In ‘Case in Brief’, Sarah Redding discusses the recent High Court decision in Body Corporate 200012 v Keene & Ors [2017] NZHC 2953 in which the Court rejected an attempt to use judicial review to strategically delay or avoid payment of an adjudication determination under the ‘pay now, argue later’ policy behind the Construction Contracts Act 2002.


  • Payment on principle under principal’s bond
  • Memorandum of (mis)understanding: pitfalls of a subsequent agreement on an underlying contract
  • Supreme Court decision shows reliance cuts both ways
  • Case In Brief: Body Coporate 200012 v Keene [2017] NZHC 2953
  • High Court rejects review of SOP Act adjudication determinations for non-jurisdictional error
  • Prospective vs retrospective delay analysis: new TCC commentary