Geoffrey White

Senior Associate - Construction

Geoff is a Senior Associate in our Construction team.

He has over 10 years’ experience as a projects and construction lawyer with a focus on dispute resolution. Geoff specialises in complex and high value projects and disputes; with significant experience in major infrastructure projects and the energy and mining sectors.

Prior to returning to MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Geoff spent seven years based in Dubai working for the leading international law firm in the MENA region as a Senior Associate in the region’s top projects and construction team (ranked tier 1 in both the Legal 500 and Chambers directories).

Geoff advises clients through the entire project lifecycle including procurement strategy, contract drafting, project counsel during a project’s execution phase, and dispute resolution (both alternative and formal dispute resolution). Geoff represents claimants and respondents in a range of dispute resolution processes including adjudication, mediation, international and domestic arbitration and court proceedings. He has significant experience in ICC, LCIA, DIAC and DIFC-LCIA arbitration.

Geoff has advised on some of the most high-profile projects in New Zealand and the MENA region, including the HVDC Inter-Island Link Project, NZTA State Highway 20 project, Burj Khalifa, Dubai International Airport, Riyadh Airport, Riyadh Metro and the Mecca Metro.

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Professional background

Recent work

New Zealand HVDC Inter-Island Link

Advised a leading global contractor on several complex disputes arising during the New Zealand HVDC Inter-Island Link project under a FIDIC based EPC contract.

NZTA State Highway 20

Acted for leading Australasian contractors for claims exceeding $50 million relating to the NZTA State Highway 20 project, and which resulted in a negotiated settlement avoiding litigation.

Burj Khalifa Tower

Acted for the main contractor joint venture in ICC arbitration concerning a USD3 billion dispute with the employer around the construction of the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, UAE.

Oil and gas processing facility dispute

Acted for Samsung Engineering on a subcontractor dispute arising from the Badra oil field project, Iraq. He represented the client in mediation in London resulting in a favourable settlement.

Iconic tower project

Represented an enabling works subcontractor in ICC arbitration concerning a USD130 million claim against the main contractor related to an iconic super tall tower project in Dubai, UAE. Resulted in an award for the entire substantive claim and full costs.

The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) Umm Wu'al Phosphate Project (and related facilities)

Provided ongoing project counsel and formal dispute resolution advice to Ma’aden for a USD8 billion mining project of strategic national importance.

Admitted

  • 2010, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • BA/LLB, University of Auckland

Affiliations

  • New Zealand Society of Construction Law
  • New Zealand Law Society
  • Auckland District Law Society
  • Auckland Young Lawyers Society

Specialisations

  • Infrastructure
  • Major projects
  • Construction arbitration (international and domestic)
  • Construction dispute resolution and litigation