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Partner

Jo-Anne Knight

LLB

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5340

M+64 21 242 6821

Jo-Anne Knight

Jo-Anne is a partner in the commercial litigation group. She specialises in construction litigation.

Joanne has over 20 years' experience acting for contractors, principals, local authorities and consultants in the full range of building and infrastructure disputes. Jo-Anne also advises in the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts with particular emphasis on the allocation of risks within construction contracts, security arrangements and providing tailored mechanisms for avoiding disputes and managing disputes that cannot be avoided in the most effective manner suitable to the particular project or industry.

Jo-Anne has represented construction parties and local authorities in well over 100 mediations and judicial settlement conferences. She specialises in adjudications and also appears as counsel in the courts, specialist tribunals and in arbitrations covering the full range of construction issues, including payment disputes, construction defects cases and enforcement of performance bonds.

Examples of Work

  • Princes Wharf piling dispute (arbitration) 
  • Rolls-Royce - Litigation concerning the  Kinleith Co Generation project (New Zealand's largest construction case to date)
  • Hotels, roading and major plant disputes in Papua New Guinea
  • UFB rollout (adjudication)
  • Advice and litigation concerning calls on performance bonds
  • Numerous stand-alone and multi-unit leaky building claims (Weathertight Homes Tribunal and High Court)
  • Payment disputes and defects claims concerning two Hotels (arbitration and adjudication)
  • Advising principals in the wake of Mainzeal's collapse
  • Acting for principals, contractors and receivers in complex adjudication claims
  • Contract advice on all major forms of contract, including NZS3910, NZS3915, NZIA Conditions and FIDIC Conditions

Other Credentials

  • Society of Construction Law - Member
  • Auckland Women Lawyers Association - Member
  • National Association of Women in Construction - Member