Mr Paul Buetow > Dentons Kensington Swan > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Kensington Swan
New Zealand

Work Department

Construction and Infrastructure




Paul is a specialist construction lawyer with over 25 years’ experience and co-leads the largest specialist construction and major projects team in New Zealand. 

Paul helps clients procure, draft and negotiate large infrastructure projects. These include road and rail projects, social infrastructure projects such as schools, prisons and housing developments, and water and energy projects. He also helps resolve issues and disputes that arise during construction.

Paul advises the key decision makers in the infrastructure sector from government agencies, local authorities and large principals to major international and domestic contractors and consultants, and leading industry organisations.

Paul can advise on all forms of procurement from design bid build contracts using standard forms such as NZS 3910, FIDIC and NEC3, to design and build contracts, early contractor involvement contracts, EPC contracts, alliances and PPPs. Paul has advised on all but one of the New Zealand PPP projects. He can also advise on disputes if they arise, whether by way of mediation, adjudication under the Construction Contracts Act, arbitration or court proceedings.

Paul has been recognised as an infrastructure specialist and Tier 1 lawyer in Asia Pacific Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for the last 5 years.




  • New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development
  • Executive Council New Zealand Contractors’ Federation
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Advisor to the Executive Council of Civil Contractors’ New Zealand (10 years – including time as an Executive Councillor)


BCom, University of Auckland (1989), LLB, (Hons) University of Auckland (1989), Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (1989)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Dentons Kensington Swan’s full-service transport department has a strong record in handling major PPP projects, and is a regular advisor to major New Zealand transport agencies. Auckland office managing partner and real estate specialist Matthew Ockleston worked with other key names Paul Buetow, Christina Sheard, and Nicky McIndoe advising NZ Transport Agency on the Northern Corridor Improvements Project. McIndoe leads the national environment and planning team, and her work focuses on the Resource Management Act, heritage, conservation, public works, and local government legislation relevant to infrastructure.

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Leading individuals)

Paul BuetowDentons Kensington Swan