Scott Thompson

Partner - Construction

Scott is a Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ leading construction practice, co-lead of the energy sector group and an advocate for action of the firm’s sustainability strategy.

Within the construction practice, Scott specialises in the project delivery phase of complex infrastructure projects and resolving construction disputes. He works closely with the project and management teams of clients to set strategies, provide legal and commercial support, and resolve conflict. He acts on nationally significant infrastructure projects including energy, education, road, rail, sport, and water.

Scott focuses on understanding his client’s goals at the outset of an engagement and delivers commercially considered legal advice, targeted to achieve those goals. His strategic approach to project delivery and dispute resolution allows clients to make decisions over the lifecycle of a project against a consistent framework.  By closely partnering with clients, Scott and his team help anticipate and plan for future issues on projects and adapt strategies as client objectives evolve.

Scott comes from a commercial background as a transaction and energy projects lawyer in the United States. While in the United States, Scott gained a Masters of Law (Energy, Environment and Arbitration) and later worked for a tier-one law firm, Bracewell LLP, advising public and private energy companies, banks and private equity firms. Scott is licensed in New Zealand, New York and Texas.

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Professional background

Recent work

Wellington Gateway Partners

Advising on the delivery of the Transmission Gully roading PPP project, in particular overseeing contractual compliance and disputes.

Turitea Wind Farm

Advising Mercury on the delivery of the Turitea Wind Farm project which, when completed, will be New Zealand’s largest windfarm.


Acting in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitrations, on post-project infrastructure and construction disputes in New Zealand.

AECOM New Zealand

Acting for AECOM on various post-project infrastructure disputes.

Fulton Hogan

Project delivery and disputes management and advice including for roading and water projects.

Rent Reviews

Recent appearances in arbitration for a number of lessee-clients.

Department of Internal Affairs

Advising on project delivery issues and acting in arbitration in relation to the failed design of a recently completed DIA facility.

Ōtākaro, Metro Sports Facility in Christchurch

Advising Ōtākaro on infrastructure disputes arising during the project delivery phase.


  • New York
  • Texas
  • New Zealand


  • LLM, University of Texas
  • LLB, BSc, University of Otago


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