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.