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Construction Disputes & COVID-19

Construction Disputes & COVID-19
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COVID-19 has generated a wave of uncertainty across all industries, and the construction industry has been no exception. Following the introduction of the Government alert level system, parties in the construction industry and their lawyers were in overdrive to understand the impact on current and upcoming projects, and how their contracts responded. This seminar will take a practical approach in examining some of the key issues for the construction industry as a result of COVID-19 and the implications of the legislative steps taken. This seminar will help ensure that you are able to provide your clients with robust advice in respect of COVID-19.

This seminar will include:

  • Examination of the legislative framework
  • A review of how construction contracts respond
  • Discussion on the best ways to resolve disputes arising from COVID-19.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Up-to-date knowledge of the current issues that the construction industry is facing as a result of COVID-19.
  • Practical tips to resolve related disputes.

Who should attend

Lawyers advising contractors, principals, consultants and/or engineers to the contract; in-house lawyers.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

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Live Web Stream 2 July


Kate Muldrew WEB EDIT Kate Muldrew
Senior Solicitor, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Auckland

Kate is a senior solicitor in the MinterEllisonRuddWatts construction team. She acts across a broad spectrum of construction disputes, ranging from claims for variations and extensions of time, to defective building claims. Kate regularly advises principals, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and engineers to the contract. Clients value her pragmatic and down-to-earth approach.

Janine Stewart WEB EDIT Janine Stewart
Partner, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Auckland

Janine leads the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Construction team and is a specialist dispute management lawyer who acts on the full spectrum of construction projects and property disputes, with particular experience mid-project and post-project phases of construction. Janine is ranked as a leading lawyer in APL 500 and is ranked as Band 2 for the Chambers directory. She was the recent recipient of the “Resene Women in Property Award 2017” for outstanding performance and leadership in the industry. Janine developed the syllabus for, and is the lead lecturer in, the first Construction law elective paper at Auckland University (which started in 2018) and developed the post graduate Construction legal course at the University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering. She also lectures in the “Law for Construction” in the Masters of Project Management programme at AUT University, is a member of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law and a member of the Building Advisory Panel to MBIE. Janine was invited to participate in the New Zealand Government’s Construction “Accord”, a leadership group focused on tackling key issues in the construction industry.

Scott Thompson WEB EDIT Scott Thompson
Partner, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Auckland

Scott is a Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ construction practice. Within the practice, he is a specialist construction disputes lawyer. Scott advises clients involved in project disputes, both during and after the construction phase, including for negligence and non-compliant works, variations and extensions of time. He has acted on nationally significant infrastructure projects including road, rail, sport, education, and Government. Scott is also experienced in contentious rent review disputes. Scott comes from a commercial background as a transaction and projects lawyer for a tier one firm in the United States. He is licensed in New Zealand, New York and Texas.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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