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

Acting for one of New Zealand’s largest retirement village operators in major dispute

Advising Metlifecare in complex High Court proceedings, involving negligence claims,  breaches of the Fair Trading Act 1986 and Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.

Christchurch earthquake rebuild ‘Anchor Projects’

Acting for CERA and Ōtākaro on all aspects of their involvement in the New Zealand Government’s major capital rebuild programme as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

Successful High Court judgment in Commercial Bay dispute

Acting for HVAC/mechanical services provider, Spotless, in a dispute relating to the Commercial Bay project in Auckland’s CBD.

Advising multinational Fortune 500 engineering firm

Advising a multinational engineering firm regarding services it provided as part of the Hobsonville PPP Schools project, Kiwirail rail and bridge project and the Christchurch rebuild following the Canterbury earthquakes. This client played a central role in the rebuild providing quantity surveyor and engineering services in respect of hundreds of damaged properties and buildings.

The ‘foundation’ project – a flagship development for Generus Living Group

Advising Generus Living Group regarding their retirement village developments in Auckland and Tauranga, with combined value of over $500m, including the recently launched and commenced ‘Foundation’ premium development in Auckland.

Landmark decision for property industry

Represented an international car manufacturer in an arbitration to determine the fair annual rent of its flagship New Zealand car dealership premises in Auckland for the next seven years.


  • 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)
  • Recognised for Construction Law, Best Lawyers