Travis Tomlinson > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

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Travis is a specialist transactional construction and infrastructure lawyer. He has practiced in New Zealand and Australia (both in private practice and as in-house counsel) on a range of complex and large-scale projects.

Travis helps clients on their procurement planning, contract drafting and negotiations, project governance, and project administration across a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including acting for some of New Zealand’s largest organisations. He has detailed knowledge of the Government’s procurement rules and advises the public and private sector in relation to regulation and compliance.

He has specific expertise in civil and building; residential; aged care and retirement; rail and road; social and economic infrastructure; and power, energy and industrial D&C, EPC, Alliancing, DBM, BOOT and PPP projects. He has recent experience in procuring a number of major projects using ECI to complement project procurement models. He advises on the full suite of tender and project documentation, including New Zealand and Australian standard form and bespoke documentation.

Through his previous employment in the private sector, Travis has gained unique insight into project delivery, risk and global and project-specific insurances. He has an in-depth understanding of the Australasian private sector’s appetite for risk and its strategies to manage and mitigate these risk. This enables him to work closely with tender and project teams to identify the best value for money solutions for all parties.

Travis is an elected Council Member for the New Zealand Society of Construction Law. He lectures the Construction Law paper at the University of Auckland Law School and is the lead lecturer for Law for Construction as part of the Masters of Project Management program at the Auckland University of Technology.  He has contributed to the LexisNexis Laws of New Zealand on the Building and Construction chapter.

Travis was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 2007.




Council Member, New Zealand Society of Construction Law


LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Canterbury

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

(Next Generation Partners: Real estate and construction)

Travis Tomlinson – MinterEllisonRuddWatts

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.

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Next Generation Partners)

Travis TomlinsonMinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts‘ practice works with teams from other disciplines, such as head of real estate David Gilbert and corporate and commercial consultant Paul Foley, to advise on large-scale infrastructure and construction projects, acting for major construction and developer clients, government entities and funders. For the government it acted also as primary advisor on reform of the resource management system, led by environmental and resource management specialist Rachel Devine, as well as assisting with the Covid-19 response regarding fast-tracking environmental consenting. The firm has a focus on project financings, including private project financings in the irrigation sector, with banking and finance partner Steve Gallaugher providing expertise in acquisition finance and refinancings. Sarah Sinclair brings the construction expertise; she worked on the Christchurch Earthquake rebuild projects with fellow construction specialist Travis Tomlinson. Resource management and environmental law specialist Bianca Tree advises on planning and resource consent strategies and is skilled in dispute resolution including before the Environment Court and High Court. Tom Fail left the firm in December 2020.