Civil litigation results

Expertise

We have been at the forefront of leaky building litigation since 2001, in which we are acknowledged as experts.

We have resolved claims for many owners of multi-unit apartment buildings and individual home owners together with commercial property owners affected by leaky building issues. We have acted for most other parties involved in leaky building disputes including developers, building contractors and subcontractors, designers, private certifiers, project managers and others.

We have achieved excellent results on all of the matters we have handled. Some examples are referred to in "Our Results".

The majority of our claims are resolved before hearing through private negotiation and mediations. However, where hearings are necessary we have an excellent track record of successful outcomes.

We are known for our thorough preparation and analysis and ability to deal with complex technical detail.

We are regularly recommended by other construction professionals to assist with resolving complex and difficult construction disputes. We work with the top experts in their specialist areas.

Dan Parker is regularly asked to present at various seminars on weathertightness issues and in 2011 Dan Parker and Tim Rainey presented a seminar for the New Zealand Law Society on leaky building litigation.

What the experts say:

Thomas Wutzler, Helfen Ltd

"I am a Registered Building Surveyor and a significant part of my work relates to the investigation of defective buildings and the provision of expert evidence in relation to litigation involving such defective buildings. I have therefore worked closely during the last decade with many law firms and individual lawyers in New Zealand and Australia for clients either pursuing or defending legal claims.

I have worked closely with Dan and his team over the last 9 to 10 years in relation to numerous Weathertightness claims from initial instructions through to mediations and Judicial Settlement Conferences and occasionally through to Weathertight Homes Tribunal hearings and High Court hearings.

From my experience the particular strengths of Dan and his team, and the attributes which set this team apart

from other lawyers with whom I have worked over the years, are the team’s attention to detail, meticulous case preparation and willingness and ability to understand the technical arguments which are often a factor of weathertightness claims. I have no doubt that it is these attributes that are the basis of the many good outcomes that Dan and his team have achieved for mutual clients. The effectiveness of Dan’s team is such that the majority of matters on which we have worked together have normally been settled successfully in mediation and at Judicial Settlement Conferences (in our clients' favour) without the need to proceed to full hearings.

I recommend Dan and his team to my clients who require legal representation, particularly those clients who have complex (from both a legal and technical perspective) claims as I am confident that Dan will provide these clients with the best possible advice and legal representation."