Scott Thompson

Senior Associate - Construction

Scott is a specialist construction and projects disputes lawyer.  He advises on large scale construction contract disputes, including for defective works claims, variations and delay claims, and provides project management of high-dollar negligence and warranty claims. He acts for commercial developers, owners, contractors, consultants, and subcontractors.

Scott previously spent considerable time working in the United States for a top-tier US law firm as a transactional and projects lawyer in the oil and gas sector, advising public companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, and major US financial institutions.

Scott has significant experience leading major mergers and acquisitions related to oil and gas assets, advising clients on joint-venture projects and, in each case, advising and counselling clients on contract and project disputes related to the same.

Professional background

Recent work

Wellington Gateway Partners

Advising WGP as Contractor in relation to the Transmission Gully PPP Project

Ōtākaro, Metro Sports Facility in Christchurch

Acting for Ōtākaro, a Government-entity, in relation to various project matters regarding construction of the Metro Sports Facility

AECOM New Zealand

Various project related disputes

Department of Internal Affairs

Advising on various project related disputes

Metlifecare Limited

In relation to retirement villages and construction disputes

Genesis Energy

In project dispute concerning a major power station

Shopping Centre Dispute Resolution

Acting for major listed property owner in disputes concerning defective construction including Botany Town Centre

Private Commercial Developer

Acting for hotel and residential apartment developer in disputes with lessees


  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • New York
  • Texas


  • LLB (University of Otago)
  • BSc (University of Otago)
  • LLM (University of Texas)


  • Construction disputes
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Infrastructure
  • Mergers and acquisitions