Paul Grimshaw

Admitted 1988

Cellphone: +64 27 436 6602
DDI: +64 9 375 2370
Email Paul Grimshaw

Paul has developed significant expertise in construction disputes which require careful analysis of the Building Act, the Building Code and Environmental & Resource Management. Construction disputes tend to be complex and he has specialized in the Leaky Building area. However his considerable expertise extends across councils, including contract enforcement, caveat hearings, injunction hearings, disputes over land, rating sales and debt recovery. Paul has also acted on behalf of various professionals including solicitors, accountants, liquidators, receivers and valuers.

Paul's case work has included negligent valuations of commercial and residential properties, and marine vessels, alleged pilot negligence leading to a plane crash, defending a client against 14 breaches of the Resource Management Act and acting for council against a power station who claimed work carried out by the council to the river had reduced the power stations capacity to generate power & therefore profits. He was also involved in acting for the insurers of Mercury Energy during the complete blackout in the CBD for well over a month. The material damage & loss of profits ran into the hundreds of millions.

Paul has wide experience in arbitration hearings and alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Areas of Expertise:
Employment Law
Construction Law and Building Disputes
Contractual and other Commercial Disputes
Professional Negligence Claims
Leaky Building, Leaky Homes and other Building Disputes
Insurance Law
Investment Claims

Construction and Building Act
Leaky Building Specialist
Environmental & Resource
Management Act
Commercial Litigation
Local Government

Recent Judicial Decisions:
Aldridge v Boe HC AK CIV-2010-404-7805 [10 January 2012]

Strickland v Garnsicke & Ors WHT AK TRI-2010-100-000099 16 September 2011

Clearwater Cove Apartments Body Corporate 170989 v Auckland Council & Ors TRI-2008-100-000038 [2011] NZWHT Auckland 39

Body Corporate 195843 & Anor v North Shore City Council & Ors HC AK CIV-2006-404-1055 [29 October 2010]

Aldridge & Ors v Boe & Ors [2010] NZWHT Auckland 31 TRI-2009-100-00067

The Board of Trustees, Glen Innes Primary School v Ahead Buildings, An Operating Division of Econicorp Holdings Limited & Anor HC AK CIV-2006-404-1884 [21 December 2009

Khouri & Ors v Auckland City Council & Ors HC AK CIV-2005-404-7324 16 February 2007

Dance & Abbott v McLaughlan & Ors HC AK CIV-2003-404-5313 13 November 2006

The Attorney General v Body Corporate 200200 & Ors CA CA30/05 [1 December 2005]

Body Corporate 187820 & Anor v Auckland City Council & Ors HC AK CIV-2004-404-6508 26 September 2005

Body Corporate 199883 & Ors v Clarke Family Associates Limited HC AK CIV-2004-404-2859 21 October 2004