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Every infrastructure project is different, but they often have one thing in common: complexity, both in the scope of issues involved and the number of stakeholders to satisfy.

Simpson Grierson understands the commercial and legal aspects of infrastructure projects. Whether you’re a public sector agency, developer, contractor, lender, investor, sponsor or consultant, we know getting it right from the start is key to success.

We have the largest infrastructure team in New Zealand with expertise gained from helping clients to deliver hundreds of major projects.

Our work has included significant projects across transport (road and rail), networks and utilities, telecommunications, social and community, housing, and commercial property.

Our services

We advise on all aspects of infrastructure projects. Our work often starts with the upfront commercial structuring of projects (including financing and tax aspects) – ensuring the delivery model is designed to achieve desired outcomes.

During the implementation of a project we are known for our strength in planning and consenting, construction procurement, and property acquisition and development.

We also advise on all other related matters, including ongoing operation and management, health and safety, and dispute resolution.

Our legal skills are complemented by our strengths in project management, including technology solutions.

Examples of our work

  • Infrastructure Funding and Financing Programme - advising Treasury and the Department of Internal Affairs on a significant project to develop a new model for funding and financing major infrastructure projects
  • Auckland’s City Rail Link – legal adviser to City Rail Link Ltd (and previously Auckland Transport) on structuring and procurement aspects of the largest infrastructure project in New Zealand
  • Auckland regeneration projects – legal adviser to Auckland Council (and its CCOs) on transformational projects including:
    • America's Cup - advising on the large-scale development required for Auckland to host the 36th America’s Cup 
    • The Downtown Projects - advising on the downtown projects which included new and strengthened seawalls, a relocated Ferry Terminal, a new downtown public space and new linear urban spaces which included bus lanes, cycleways and pedestrian walkways. This project is the final link between Britomart / Commercial Bay and the waterfront
    • Britomart - the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by a local authority in New Zealand
    • Wynyard Quarter - one of the largest urban redevelopment and regeneration projects undertaken in New Zealand.
  • Central Interceptor - advising Watercare Services Ltd on the Central Interceptor Main Works project, one of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects ever undertaken in New Zealand
  • Auckland transport projects – legal adviser to Auckland Transport on numerous major projects, including Eastern Busway, AMETI and Waterview Connection
  • Tāmaki Regeneration Project (the regeneration of a large suburban area in east Auckland) - legal adviser to The Tāmaki Redevelopment Company on issues including the establishment of the project structure, acquisition of existing housing, and development of new housing
  • Transmission Gully (a $1 billion PPP to develop a new highway north of Wellington):
    • New Zealand legal adviser to Wellington Gateway Partnership, the successful consortium on this project on all aspects of the PPP structure
    • legal adviser to the CPB Contractors (formerly Leighton Contractors Pty) and HEB Construction Joint Venture on all aspects relating to the design and construction of the project, and ongoing operational issues
  • Ultra-Fast Broadband Programme – advising all three local fibre companies (Enable, Northpower and UltraFast Fibre) on the roll-out of this nationally important project, including the development of ownership models and build of fibre networks
  • Electricity grid upgrades – legal adviser to Transpower on the $800 million North Island grid upgrade project including the 400kV North Island transmission line procured on a “competitive alliance” basis (the first competitive alliance in New Zealand), and the $670 million HVDC Upgrade project