Christine Gordon

Senior Associate - Construction and Infrastructure

Christine is a construction dispute resolution specialist. She draws on 12 years’ experience gained in New Zealand and London. Before returning to MinterEllisonRuddWatts in 2019, Christine spent five years as a construction disputes lawyer at the London office of global law firm Clyde & Co LLP.

She acts on a wide range of high profile and high value construction disputes in court, mediation, adjudication, arbitration, expert determination, and other dispute resolution forums. Christine has experience advising the full suite of construction parties including employers, contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, and insurers.

Christine has acted in disputes relating to the major international standard form construction contracts including NEC, JCT and FIDIC as well as the major New Zealand Standard forms.

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Professional background

Recent work

Aged care sector

Acting for New Zealand’s largest retirement village provider in complex High Court proceedings which has involved appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal.


Acting for a joint venture comprising two major contractors in relation to various Wastewater Treatment Works in England.

Acting for Insurers in relation to an oil processing facility in the Middle East.

Commercial buildings

Acting for a sub-contractor in relation to a high-profile dispute in respect of an iconic building in central London relating to defective materials.

Shopping Centre dispute resolution

Acting for a listed property fund in a construction dispute regarding the Sylvia Park Shopping Centre in Auckland.

Defective cladding on commercial buildings

Acting for a major contractor and its Insurers in relation to claims relating to defective / non-compliant cladding and fire stopping on various buildings in England following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Property disputes

Representing various clients in rent review disputes relating to various commercial properties in New Zealand (in arbitration).


  • 2009, New Zealand


  • LLB, BA (Political Science), University of Auckland


  • Member, Auckland Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Society of Construction Law


  • Construction Disputes
  • Construction Insurance Disputes
  • Infrastructure Disputes
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Property Disputes


  • Member of Construction and Infrastructure team, ranked Tier 1 by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Band 1 by Chambers Asia-Pacific