Janine Stewart

Partner - Construction

Janine is a specialist construction, property and projects lawyer who acts on the full spectrum of construction projects and property disputes. She has particular experience in claims under the Public Works Act 1981 (for land acquisition relating to development) and mid-project and post-project phases of construction. Janine is known for her pragmatic approach, adopting either litigation and/or dispute resolution to achieve a commercially-effective outcome for her clients.

Janine also has significant experience in landlord and tenant obligations and contentious rent review disputes. She regularly appears in various dispute forums.

Named Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year at the 2015 New Zealand Law Awards, Janine is actively engaged in thought leadership on issues impacting the property and construction industry.  Janine regularly contributes to a number of publications and presents widely on complex construction and property issues, and lectures ‘Law for Construction’ in the Masters of Project Management programme at AUT University.

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Professional background

Recent work

Aged care sector

Advising and acting for Metlifecare in relation to retirement villages and construction disputes in both arbitration and the High Court. Also acting for  retirement village operator Generus Living Group in mid project disputes including complex variation and extension of time claims.


Representing Transpower in project dispute concerning a major power station.

AUT Millennium Ownership Trust

Acting for AMOT in arbitration relating to expansion of the Millennium Centre and issues arising – including successfully defending application for injunctive relief.

Shopping Centre Dispute Resolution

Acting for major listed and unlisted property owners in disputes concerning defective construction including Sylvia Park Shopping Centre and Botany Town Centre

Advising Major Landlords

Acting for the landlord in respect of the following tenancies in the PWC Tower Auckland: PricewaterhouseCoopers (arbitration); Servcorp (determination); and Buddle Findlay (arbitration), and for the landlord in respect of the following tenancies in Deloitte House Wellington: OMV Limited (arbitration); Ministry of Health (arbitration).

Auckland University of Technology

Advised AUT on obtaining access for crane swing usage over neighbouring apartment buildings for their NZ$105.5 million development.

Z Energy Limited

Acted for in an arbitration before Mr Tom Weston QC to determine the fair annual rent under a ground lease between Vinko Holdings Limited as lessor and Z as lessee for service station premises located in Auckland’s CBD.

Phillimore Imperial Limited

Acting for Phillimore, a preeminent New Zealand specialist in the renovation of heritage and character buildings.


  • 2003, New Zealand


  • LLB, BA (Psychology), University of Auckland


  • Member, New Zealand Society of Construction Law
  • Member, Building Advisory Panel to MBIE


  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Acquisition and Compensation Claims under the Public Works Act 1981


  • Recognised as a leading Construction lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – Real Estate and Construction, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Winner – Resene Woman in Property Award (2017)
  • Winner – LexisNexis Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year, NZ Law Awards (2015)