Andrew Hazelton

Present Position

Partner, Hazelton LAW

Professional Experience

Andrew Hazelton has specialised in construction law for over 25 years. During this time has acted for developers, contractors, subcontractors and professionals in the construction industry.

This experience has provided him with a ready insight into the construction and engineering industry and the different perspectives that parties bring to a project.

Andrew’s experience includes dealing with claims for delay, liquidated and unliquidated damages, variations, defects and other “contractual” issues. He has encountered many and varied technical issues in his career in numerous areas of engineering and building including: pavement design and construction issues; commercial racking systems; power station outputs; electrical cabling; pre-stressed concrete and alkali silica reaction; cathodic protection; piling; dynamic deep compaction; soil nailing and vibro replacement; roofing installation; sports surfaces; tunneling; groundworks; M & E; earthquake prone structures; joinery and facade systems, EIFS cladding systems; fire protection.

He acted as Counsel on a number of international arbitrations concerning pavement design and construction. He appeared in the High Court in Downer-Hill JV v Government of Fiji , a decision concerning the ability of a party to set aside an award on the basis of natural justice. He represented South Pacific Industrial in its adjudication and High Court proceedings against United Telecoms Ltd of India concerning the dismantling and export of the Marsden B power station as well an overseas consortium in its dispute proceedings on a major Auckland infrastructure project. He acted for Pipes NZ Ltd in the High Court, and subsequently Court of Appeal in its successful case against Steel Co Ltd where it recovered substantial damages for the supply of defective pipework. The case is one of the very few New Zealand authorities on the issue of liquidated damages.

Andrew also advises parties on forms of contract and tender processes. He advised the Specialist Trade Contractors’ Association on new standard terms developed jointly with Master Builders. Andrew was a Member of the Chartered Professional Engineers Council from 2005 to 2016 sitting as chair of approximately 30 disciplinary hearings.

Andrew sits as an arbitrator and adjudicator being a panel member for both AMINZ and NZDRC. He has completed approximately 100 adjudication decisions. In 2018 he was awarded the Sir Ronald Davison Award for Award Writing by AMINZ.

Career Summary

Fellow AMINZ 2018

President New Zealand Society of Construction Law 2016 - 2018.

Vice President New Zealand Society of Construction Law 2014 - 2016.

Awarded the MacLean Citation by Engineering New Zealand for exceptional and distinguished service to the engineering profession - 2016.

Certified as a Commissioner under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Partner Hazelton LAW 2000 onward.

Admitted Barrister & Solicitor of New Zealand High Court 1995.

Admitted Solicitor Supreme Court of England & Wales 1990.


Member of the Chartered Professional Engineers Council of New Zealand (2003-2015).

Honorary Solicitor to The New Zealand Building Subcontractors Federation (2000-2016).


Update on Construction Contracts Act - NZSTCF - February 2016.

What about the subcontractor? - for the Society of Construction Law Conference June 2014.

Subcontracting and Risk Management for NZSTCF - August 2013.

Construction Contracts Act Symposium for AMINZ - March 2010.

Time Bars and Conditions Precedent - Society of Construction Law Conference October 2009.

Concurrent Delays - for the Society of Construction Law March 2009.

Speciality Areas

Construction, Engineering, Resource Management.


MSc (Construction Law and Arbitration) Centre of Construction Law and Management, Kings College, University of London 1994.

LLB (Hons) University of Wales 1988.