Stephen Price > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

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Stephen is a highly-regarded and experienced construction disputes lawyer. His primary focus is resolving large scale and strategically sensitive contractual disputes. These disputes often involve claims for variation, extension of time, and non-compliant works.  Stephen frequently works with parties across the construction sector, including principals, contractors, consultants, as well as central and local government agencies.

Stephen has specific experience in major horizontal and vertical infrastructure projects, such as public private partnerships (PPPs), power stations and roading projects. His approach often involves working alongside clients at an early stage to avoid disputes escalating where possible and to maximise their interests as the projects develop.

In terms of advocacy, Stephen has a wealth of experience in bringing and defending adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002, appearing regularly at all levels of the New Zealand Courts (including the appellate Courts) and in advising clients through arbitrations and mediation processes.

Stephen is a highly regarded and sought after thought leader in the construction industry. Stephen has lectured on Construction Law for the AUT Masters of Construction Management degree and is currently lecturing at the University of Auckland Engineering and Law schools.

Stephen was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 1995.




Member, New Zealand Society of Construction Law


LLB, BCom, University of Auckland (1995)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

(Leading individuals: Real estate and construction)

Stephen PriceMinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has ‘strength in its leadership to motivate all staff and deliver excellent lead advice’ to clients. The practice specialises in all front-end and back-end aspects of construction and real estate developments, with a particular focus on new transport, renewable energy and social infrastructure schemes. Janine Stewart, who leads on the construction side, primarily advises clients during major domestic developments and complex litigation. David Gilbert heads the real estate team and handles commercial transactions or procurement in various sectors, including hotels and leisure, whilst Mark Crosbie and Travis Tomlinson are key names to note for construction matters. Other key contacts include disputes expert Stephen Price and infrastructure specialist Sarah Sinclair, as well as Ross Pickmere for commercial property mandates. All named lawyers are based in Auckland, aside from the ‘approachable, friendly and problem-solverAndrew Monteith, who splits his time with the Wellington office.