Richard began his career in the construction industry whilst completing his law degree. He has been practicing in the areas of dispute resolution and Building and Construction since his admission to the bar in 2001. He gained extensive experience in both New Zealand and the UK before returning home and settling in Tauranga. He has been a partner at Sharp Tudhope since 2013.
Today he specialises in all areas of Building and Construction law as well as general civil and commercial dispute resolution. He understands the challenges facing the construction industry so is well equipped to act on behalf of building contractors, professionals, developers, public bodies and property owners. He advises on construction contracts and the tendering and letting of construction projects. He also routinely acts for parties in construction industry disputes and represents his clients in the High Court, District Court, Arbitration, Construction Contracts Act Adjudications and at mediation.
“Being an effective construction lawyer means knowing the law, the people and the project. Thoroughly understanding these three aspects of any given contract or dispute enables me to help clients to judge their risk and exploit their opportunities.”
Areas of Expertise
Building and construction
NZS 3910 / 3916 / 3917
Construction Contracts Act 2002 Payment Disputes
Tendering and Procurement
Professional Negligence claims involving building professionals
Leaky building disputes
Civil Contractors New Zealand Bay of Plenty Branch (past regional Chairman)
Bay of Plenty Clay Target Association
Equine Estate Sporting Clays