Musings of a busy mind

LawTalk, the NZLS magazine, has published a more detailed article of mine on how to resolve the issues currently plaguing the construction industry. With prior experience of the UK and Australia, it is baffling that in a booming construction sector (not just building and housing), we have contractor's failing, margins falling and prices escalating.

Any solution must address:

(1) the procurement process
(2) sensible allocation of risk
(3) appropriate contract terms which recognise the roles of the parties, and properly protect subcontractors
(4) prompt, fair and cost effective dispute resolution

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Congratulations to Stuart Robertson and the Committee of the NZ branch of the Society of Construction Law on winning the right to host the International SCL Conference in Auckland in 2020.

Register your interest at constructionlaw2020.com

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When we read in the press of yet another public sector procurement debacle, or that the project has been fraught with difficulties, it rather begs the question – what was the project for and how was the budget set? All too frequently, it is less that a project cost more or took longer than that the project expectations were ill-defined or poorly understood and the relationship between key parties broke down.

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