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Senior Associate

Shanti Frater



P+64 9 977 5273

M+64 21 626 468

Shanti Frater

Shanti is a senior associate in the firm's construction group. A specialist in construction law and professional negligence claims since 2003, her work experience includes six years with a top litigation firm in Canada before joining the firm in 2009. She is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in both Canada and New Zealand.

Shanti regularly acts for clients in drafting, reviewing, and advising on construction contracts including NZS 3910, NZS 3915, CCCS 2009 and the international forms of FIDIC. Shanti often assists councils, district health boards and commercial entities in preparing the contract documents required for the tendering, procurement and construction stages of the works.

Shanti also has expertise in the resolution of construction and engineering disputes. She has extensive experience in litigation, mediation, negotiation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Examples of Work

  • Manukau Institute of Technology - advising on issues arising out of the head contractor's insolvency on the Manukau Tertiary Campus and Transport Interchange project, preparing completion contract documents and advice throughout the project to practical completion
  • Waitemata District Health Board - developing template tender and contract documentation (based on the revised NZS 3910 and new NZS 3916 standards and minor works contract) and advising on all major infrastructure projects at Waitakere and North Shore hospitals
  • Tauranga City Council - developing template contract documentation (based on the revised NZS 3910 and new NZS 3916 and 3917 standards) for use on various projects
  • Housing New Zealand - developing template RFP and two-stage contract documentation for use on 100% Housing New Zealand owned projects
  • Auckland Council - preparing tender and contract documentation for Auckland Zoo projects (based on NZS 3910)
  • Kiwi Income Property Trust - tender and contract documentation for the Centre Place Design and Construct 2014 Works (based on the new NZS 3916 standard)
  • Counties Manukau District Health Board - tender and contract documentation for the $100 million+ Clinical Services Building: Phase 1 and Phase 2
  • Transpower - North Island Grid Upgrade Project - FIDIC based contract documentation and advising on contractor claims
  • Bunnings - tender and contract documentation for multiple Bunnings Warehouse stores
  • Kiwi Income Property Trust - tender and contract documentation for Centre Place and Lynn Mall Shopping Centre developments
  • TetraPak - advising on the development of major milk powder plants for Fonterra
  • Tauranga City Council - contract documentation for the Southern Pipeline project delivered as a design-build contract with Target Price
  • Acting for the contractor on a multi-million dollar claim concerning specialist sludge lysis technology at Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Rolls-Royce New Zealand - assisting in litigation concerning the Kinleith cogeneration project (New Zealand's largest construction case to date)
  • Adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 acting for contractors and principals

Other Credentials

  • Society of Construction Law (New Zealand) - Committee Member
  • Property Law Section, New Zealand Law Society - Member
  • Auckland Women Lawyers' Association - Member and Mentor
  • Barrister & Solicitor, British Columbia, Canada