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.

Mary Haggie

LLB (Hons)

Service: Adjudication

Area of Expertise: Residential Construction, Commercial and Industrial Construction, Infrastructure and Civil Works, Quantity Surveying, Engineering, Design

I am a barrister sole. I am highly experienced in all aspects of construction law and have advised clients at all stages of construction projects, from the front end to completion.

I have acted for clients in multiple adjudications and debt recovery proceedings under the Construction Contracts Act 2002, and I have advised clients on compliance with all aspects of the Act. I assist clients to resolve construction disputes through direct discussions, negotiation and mediation. I have acted for clients in arbitrations and High Court cases in claims about defects in buildings, and disputes regarding payments, weathertightness, variations, delays, earthquake strengthening and asbestos.

As well as dispute resolution, I provide advice to parties at the outset of construction projects, including the selection of the appropriate procurement model, project structure and tendering procedures. I draft construction contracts, guarantees, consultant conditions of contract, development agreements, funding agreements and bonds. I am highly experienced with all New Zealand’s standard-form construction contracts and subcontracts, including NZS 3910:2013, NZS 3916:2013, and NZIA, RMBF and CCNZ contracts.

My clients have included contractors, subcontractors, developers, owners, government departments, councils, tenants, consultants and project managers. I am a regular public speaker in infrastructure and construction law. I have wide industry knowledge of the construction sector in New Zealand.

I graduated with a first class honours degree in law from Victoria University in 1999, and started working for Kensington Swan in 2000 in the construction law team. In December 2007, I became a partner at Kensington Swan. In 2009, I became the co-leader of Kensington Swan’s highly successful major projects and construction law team which works around New Zealand. I was also on the board of Kensington Swan.