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Chapman Tripp

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Brian Clayton

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Chapman Tripp

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Projects and resource management, property, real estate and construction




Brian is a specialist construction, infrastructure and major projects lawyer. He has extensive experience in construction projects across a wide variety of sectors including roading, ports, airports, hospitals, schools, residential, commercial, retail, leisure, power (including renewables), water (including wastewater), mining, industrial, oil and gas. Brian joined Chapman Tripp in 2012 following seven years in the Abu Dhabi office of New York headquartered firm Shearman & Sterling LLP where he led the construction law practice.  Brian also has notable experience advising government and private sector clients in the Pacific. His expertise spans energy, power generation and transportation infrastructure construction projects.


Brian is a member of the New Zealand Law Society


LLB (Hons), University of Canterbury BCom (Accounting and Forestry) Lincoln University

New Zealand

Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Leading individuals

Brian Clayton - Chapman Tripp

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

Chapman Tripp delivers 'service of a high standard and has extensive industry knowledge and experience, which is invaluable'. The firm handles high-profile projects for clients including New Zealand Transport Agency, Mercury Energy, Shell, Powerco, Z Energy and Queenstown Airport Corporation. The practice is led by three partners - head of the Auckland environment team Paula Brosnahan, energy and natural resources specialist Catherine Somerville-Frost and head of construction Brian Clayton - who are all based in Auckland. Clayton assisted Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, Solomon Islands Government and International Finance Corporation with the Tina River Hydropower project, which involves the development of a new 15MW hydro power plant with the capacity to upgrade to 20MW. Christchurch-based litigator Jo Appleyard has more than 25 years’ experience in providing strategic advice on environmental and resource management issues. She acted for Lyttelton Port Company in three large consenting projects in the South Island, including the channel deepening in Lyttelton Harbour. Wellington-based Josh Blackmore, who is co-head of the energy and natural resources practice, is also recommended.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Chapman Tripp provides 'great service and knowledge - the advice is relevant and on time', according to one client. Another describes it as 'a "go-to" firm for any complex property matter'. Construction expert Brian Clayton and real estate specialist Matthew Carroll in Auckland lead the practice, which counts Foodstuffs North Island, Fletcher Residential and Todd Property Group among its clients. Mark Nicholson handles development, acquisitions, disposals, syndications, leasing and infrastructure matters. He advised Blackstone Group on the NZ$635m purchase of Goodman/GIC’s Viaduct Portfolio. Bill Sandston advises corporate and high-net-worth investors on the acquisition and management of their New Zealand property portfolios. Litigator John McKay is recommended for construction disputes. Newly promoted partner Hamish Bolland is a rising star. Greg Wise in Wellington has extensive experience in infrastructure, utilities and property matters, and counts the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment among his clients. He has 'fantastic industry knowledge and his advice is practical and tailored to the situation'.

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