Graeme Christie

Graeme-Christie-2017-e1516059098879LLB (Hons) - A.Arb.I.N.Z

Arbitration - Arb-Med - Mediation

New Zealand

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Graeme is a construction law partner in  the  commercial  litigation group. He  acts  for  national  and international  clients  on  all  forms  of  dispute  resolution.  He conducts arbitrations, and regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal.  He has also appeared in the Fijian Court of Appeal and the Court of Appeal for the Cook Islands. 

In 2011 Graeme appeared at Lausanne, Switzerland at the Court  of  Arbitration  for  Sport.   In  2013  he  was  appointed  as  1  of  3  arbitrators  for  a  large  ICC international roading arbitration to be heard in London in November 2014 and January 2015.  The contract is based on FIDIC conditions.

Graeme specialises in property  and  construction  law.  He  has  more  than  30  years'  experience  of acting  for  principals,  consultants,  contractors,  and  subcontractors.  He  provides  advice  on  a  wide range  of  construction  issues,  including  structuring  and  contract  documentation,  joint  venture agreements, alliancing, partnering, guaranteed maximum price contracts, and code compliance. He also assists clients to resolve construction disputes by means of negotiated settlements, mediation, arbitration, adjudication, and litigation.

He  has  been  involved  in  assisting  in  many  construction  projects  in  the  Pacific  region  including PNG, Fiji, Western  and  American  Samoa,  Cook  Islands,  Tuvalu,  Noumea.  These  projects  have included roading and airport runways.

In  addition,  Graeme  has  considerable  experience  with  the  Health  and  Safety  in  Employment  Act. He has successfully defended a number of prosecutions involving fatalities, and appeared in coroners' hearings.

Examples of work:

  • Assisting major institutional clients on the consequences of the Mainzeal receivership

  • Christchurch  rebuild,  including  Grand  Chancellor  Hotel  demolition,  EQC  housing refurbishment

  • Rolls-Royce  New  Zealand  - litigation  concerning  the  Kinleith  cogeneration  project  (New Zealand's largest construction case to date) – Fidic conditions of contract

  • International consortium – refurbishment of Auckland's waste-water treatment system (one of the largest civil engineering projects of its kind in the world)

  • Assisting Principals on ultra-fast broadband roll-out contracts and issues arising

  • Canam Construction - landmark Court of Appeal case on adjudication and the Construction Contracts Act

  • Contractors,  cladding  suppliers,  and  timber  suppliers  - major  "leaky  building"  claims including  Spencer  on  Byron,  C-Vu  Apartments,  Chancery,  Fox  Street  Apartments,  and Queenstown's Greenstone Apartments

  • Major  infrastructure  projects,  including  Moa  Point,  Kupe  Gas  oilfield,  and  Pohakura  as  well as Waikato River Bridge

  • Major  construction  projects,  including  Auckland  Hospital  A+  $350  million  upgrade, University  of  Auckland  Business  School,  Auckland  Museum  Stage  II,  Civic  Theatre upgrade, Auckland University of Technology building programme, and Auckland Art Gallery

  • Westfield - successful defence of a substantial claim arising from a leasing dispute

  • OceanaGold – decline contracts for the Frasers underground gold mine

  • Ministry of Justice - large claim against contractor and architect concerning roof of Manukau court complex

  • Major stadium projects, including Eden Park New North Stand, Westpac Stadium, Hamilton Stadium, and Jade Stadium

  • Joint venture undertaking Kiwi Dairy upgrade – successful arbitration

  • Aotearoa Kiwifruit Export – recovery of damages from the Zespri Group (a statutory single-desk kiwifruit marketer) for obstructing kiwifruit exports

  • Dispute relating to completion and taking over of the Te Rapa cogeneration plant

Other Credentials

  • Solicitor, England and Wales

  • New Zealand Society of Construction Law - Founding council member and presenter

  • Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand - Member and commentator at seminars

  • University  of  Auckland  - former  lecturer  in  School  of  Architecture  and  Planning,  guest lecturer in Faculty of Engineering.

Areas of expertise: Commercial Litigation, Construction, Dispute Resolution, Health and Safety, Property and Infrastructure


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