Charlene Fairnie

Special Counsel - Construction and Infrastructure

Charlene is a seasoned litigation lawyer in our construction and infrastructure team with a breadth of experience in defective buildings, including weathertightness claims.

Charlene regularly represents her clients in a wide range of complex proceedings in the District Court, High Court and Weathertight Homes Tribunal. Charlene has also appeared in the Court of Appeal.  Complementing her Court advocacy skills, Charlene acts for clients in alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation, arbitration and judicial settlement conferences.

Charlene is a master of detail, excelling at absorbing and analysing complex and competing legal and factual material.  She is a practical thinker and strategic advisor and is highly skilled in addressing substantive and procedural issues. Charlene is passionate about achieving the best results for her clients.

Prior to joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Charlene practised law at other top tier law firms where she gained a diverse range of legal experience in commercial settings.

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Professional background

Recent work

Auckland Council

Representing New Zealand’s largest local authority in “leaky building” claims before the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, District Court and High Court and other alternative dispute resolution forums.

General leaky and defective building claims

Representing owners and defending developers, builders and other professionals involved in the development and construction of multi-unit developments.

Product liability claims

Representing manufacturers and suppliers of building products.


  • 1998, New Zealand


  • LLM, University of Waikato


  • Construction
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution