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Special Counsel

Deborah Rowe

BA LLB(Hons)


P+64 9 977 5346

M+64 21 816 474

Deborah Rowe

Deborah is a special counsel in the commercial litigation group. 

She has extensive experience in all aspects of construction law, including drafting contracts, advice on claims, and disputes.

She has advised on a variety of construction contracts including the NZS standard forms and FIDIC contracts. Deborah is also experienced in helping clients resolve construction disputes, including Construction Contracts Act adjudications, arbitration and litigation. 

Examples of Work

  • Rolls–Royce New Zealand - litigation concerning the Kinleith cogeneration project, under FIDIC conditions of contract (New Zealand's largest construction case to date)
  • Dispute relating to completion and taking over of Te Rapa cogeneration plant under FIDIC conditions of contract
  • Tendering dispute - High Court proceedings concerning claim by unsuccessful tenderer
  • Construction Contracts Act 2002 - numerous adjudications for Principals and contractors
  • Review and advice on construction contracts including NZS3910 and FIDIC standard forms
  • EPC contracts - advice on contractual issues including bonds
  • Major retailer - review of construction contracts and maintenance agreements
  • Canam Construction - landmark Court of Appeal case on adjudication and the Construction Contracts Act
  • Health and safety - advice on all aspects of health and safety for construction contracts
  • Westfield - successful defence of a substantial claim arising from a leasing dispute
  • Acting for insurers regarding claims, litigation and policy coverage issue

Other Credentials

  • Auckland Women Lawyers' Association - Member
  • Society of Construction Law - Member