Gareth Lewis


Fellow of AMINZ (Arbitration)
Admitted 1996


Gareth has specialist expertise in construction claims, body corporate disputes and employment law.  He has over 22 years experience in litigation.

Gareth has acted on many of the leading building defect claims of the past 10 years including the Byron Avenue, Sunset Terraces and Spencer on Byron cases which proceeded to the Supreme Court and created important legal precedents in the law of negligence.  More recently, he acted for the successful owners in the Fleet Street, Victopia and Townsend claims.

Gareth regularly advises bodies corporate and unit owners on issues arising under the Unit Titles Act.  He appears in section 74 scheme applications before the High Court and Court of Appeal including the recent Uptown Apartments case.

Gareth is a Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ).  He represents clients in adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act and in building dispute arbitrations.

Gareth’s expertise in employment law spans performance management, disciplinary processes, dismissals, redundancies, OSH prosecutions and Holidays Act issues.

Gareth uses various forms of dispute resolution, including mediations, adjudications, arbitrations and Court hearings. He has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, WHT, District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, including interlocutory applications, trials, appeals, interim injunction applications and insolvency matters.

Gareth is proactive in his approach to legal issues, ensuring common goals are clearly understood & expectations managed. He takes a commercially realistic, pragmatic approach with clients.


Warning signs emerge regarding viability of building guarantee schemes - January 2020

How are repair costs apportioned under section 74 schemes? - December 2018

How To Position Your Body Corporate For Success – May 2016

Leaky Vendor Warranties – BuildLaw, March 2014

Supreme Court divided on damages and contribution as water rights case concludes – NZLawyer , July 2012

Law Commission to reconsider joint and several liability – NZLawyer , November 2011

Leaky school add another piece to non-residential puzzle – NZLawyer , October 2011

Payment Claims & Payment Schedules Revisited – BuildLaw, September 2011

The leaky building legacy – NZLawyer , February 2011

The mixed-use conundrum – NZLawyer

Recent Judicial Decisions
Gu v Body Corporate 211747 [2018] NZCA 396 [1 October 2018]
01 October 2018
Body Corporate 211747 v Gu & Ors CIV-2011-404-4415 [2017] NZHC 2191
NZHC 2191
08 September 2017
Body Corporate 346799 & Ors v KNZ International Co Limited & Ors CIV-2012-404-6290 [2017] NZHC 511
NZHC 511
22 March 2017
Andrews Property Services Limited v Body Corporate 160361
NZCA 644
22 December 2016
Body Corporate 160361 v BC 2004 Limited & BC 2009 Limited [2015] NZHC 1803 [31 July 2015]
HC AK CIV-2011-404-4890
31 July 2015
Messenger & Anor v Stanaway Real Estate Limited & Ors [2015] NZHC 1795 [31 July 2015]
HC AK CIV-2012-404-007205
31 July 2015
Judge v Dempsey [2014]
NZHC 2864
18 November 2014
Johnson & Ors v Auckland Council Ca139/2013 & Ca350/2013 [2013]
NZCA 662
08 December 2013
Body Corporate 207624 v North Shore City Council
SC 58/2011
11 October 2012
North Shore City Council v Body Corporate 188529 (Sunset Terraces) & Ors
SC 27/2010
17 December 2010
North Shore City Council v Body Corporate 189855 & Ors
CA CA506/2008
22 March 2010
Body Corporate 189855 & Anor v North Shore City Council & Ors
HC AK CIV-2005-404-005561
25 July 2008
Creak v Body Corporate 180838 & Ors
HC AK CIV-2005-404-445
21 April 2008
Standen v Waitakere City Council & Orsv Waitakere City Council & Ors
DC WAIT CIV:2657/04
24 April 2007