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Special Counsel

Sonia Vitas



P+64 9 977 5317

M+64 21 221 6304

Sonia Vitas

Sonia is a special counsel in the firm's construction group. She has prepared, negotiated and advised on construction projects across a wide range of industry sectors including energy, building, roading, water and waste water, refuse collection and disposal, telecommunications, electricity and mining.

She has particular expertise in project procurement and documentation and has been involved in the development of standard tender and contract documentation based on NZS3910 for numerous organisations. Her expertise also extends to advising on alliancing agreements, professional services contracts, design build contracts and contracts based on international standard forms such as FIDIC and NEC.

Examples of Work

  • Watercare - advising on the Central Interceptor Main Works package, one of the largest and most complex wastewater infrastructure projects undertaken in New Zealand
  • City Rail Link Limited (and previously Auckland Transport) - advising on Auckland's City Rail Link
  • Transmission Gully PPP - New Zealand legal advisor to the successful bidding consortium, Wellington Gateway Partnership
  • Fiji National Provident Fund - advising developer on the procurement and negotiation of professional services and construction contracts for the $200 million Momi Beach Hotel development
  • Tekapo Canal Remediation Project - advisor to Swiss head contractor on this $80 million+ supply and install contract with Genesis Energy
  • Auckland Council new premises at 135 Albert Street - preparation of contract documentation for this extensive fit-out and refurbishment project (an Early Contractor Involvement project)
  • Auckland University - Newmarket Site Development
  • Auckland City Council - contract documentation for its $113 million upgrade of the Auckland Art Gallery
  • Auckland City Council - tender and contract documentation for the $80 million redevelopment of Aotea Square
  • Viaduct Events Centre - advising Auckland Council on this $32 million development
  • Natadola Bay Resort - advising developer on professional services and construction contracts for residential development at Natadola Bay, Fiji
  • Ministry of Education - preparation of tender and contract templates based on NZS3910:2003 for Kura developments
  • Auckland Transport - advisor on Road Corridor Maintenance procurement covering the entire Auckland region
  • Hobsonville Schools PPP - advising bidding consortium
  • Ultra Fast Broadband Project - advising bidding consortium on the UFB project rollout in Auckland

Other Credentials

  • Society of Construction Law (New Zealand) - Member
  • Auckland Women Lawyers' Association - Member
  • Property Law Section, New Zealand Law Society - Member