Scott Thompson

Partner - Construction

Scott is a Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ construction practice which is ranked Band 1 by international legal directory, Chambers Asia Pacific.

Within the Construction practice, Scott is a specialist construction disputes lawyer.  He advises clients involved in project disputes, both during and after the construction phase, including for negligence and non-compliant works, variations and extensions of time. He has acted on nationally significant infrastructure projects including road, rail, sport, education, and Government. Scott is also experienced in contentious rent review disputes.

He regularly appears in alternative dispute resolution forums, in particular, arbitration.  He tailors his advice and approach to dispute resolution to suit each client’s individual needs and objectives and approaches the lawyer-client relationship as a close strategic partnership.

Scott comes from a commercial background as a transaction and projects lawyer for a tier one firm in the United States. Having advised public and private companies, banks and private equity firms, Scott understands clients demand high-quality service and consistent, commercially-focused advice. Clients rely on Scott for his pragmatic and strategic approach to dispute resolution and ability to engage on both legal and commercial issues that arise.

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.

AECOM New Zealand

Acting for AECOM on various post-project infrastructure disputes.


Acting on post-project infrastructure disputes in New Zealand.

Fulton Hogan

Advising on numerous mid-project disputes.

Department of Internal Affairs

Advising on mid- and post-project construction disputes.

Ōtākaro, Metro Sports Facility in Christchurch

Advising Ōtākaro on various mid-project infrastructure disputes.


Acting for Honeywell on post-project disputes.


  • New York
  • Texas
  • New Zealand


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


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