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.

Stuart Robertson

Service: Adjudication

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

Stuart is co-leader of Dentons Kensington Swan’s specialised Construction and Major Projects team. He advises national and international clients on how to ensure a successful project and specialises in resolving disputes.

Before he became a lawyer Stuart spent a number of years working as a registered electrician then completed a New Zealand Certificate in Engineering. His hands-on experience means he brings to dispute resolution a practical and pragmatic approach. Balanced with this is an in-depth knowledge of construction law and practical issues regularly encountered on projects.

Stuart has advised on and resolved disputes in a wide range of projects, from standalone residential developments to large infrastructure projects in the civil, transport, water, electricity and telecommunications sectors. He has expert experience in resolving multi-party claims and in dealing with disputes involving leaky buildings.

Stuart co-wrote the New Zealand Law Society’s submissions to the select committees dealing with the numerous amendments to the Building Act and the CCA. Stuart identified, and with CCNZ lobbied MBIE for the change to the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 clarifying that the new retentions regime should not apply to all current contracts as at 31 March 2017.

As a Council member and current President of the Society of Construction Law NZ, Stuart enjoys fostering learning across all disciplines in the construction sector.