Deborah Rowe

Special Counsel - Construction

Deborah is a Special Counsel in our construction practice.

She has over 20 years’ experience in construction law, advising on all aspects of a project life cycle, including procurement and contracting issues, and project advice.  She regularly advises on claims for variations, delay and prolongation, and on payment issues.  She has particular expertise under the Construction Contracts Act including payment claim and payment schedule issues, and has acted on many adjudications for principals and contractors.

Deborah has advised on a number of major project disputes including infrastructure, roading and energy projects.  She is highly regarded for her calm approach to resolving difficult legal issues, technical expertise and strategic advice.

Prior to joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Deborah worked in the construction practice at another top tier law firm.

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Professional background

Recent work

Major projects

Advising on a variety of claims including claims for additional payment and delay / disruption.

Major contractors

Acting for a number of New Zealand’s largest contractors on project advice, claims and disputes.

Construction Contracts Act issues

Acting on numerous adjudications and Court proceedings, including the first case concerning the CCA in the Court of Appeal.


  • 1999, New Zealand


  • BA/LLB (Hons) – The University of Auckland


  • Construction
  • Major Projects
  • Infrastructure