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Janine Stewart

Janine Stewart



  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Litigation

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Dispute Resolution Group
Janine is a specialist construction, property and projects lawyer who acts on the full spectrum of construction projects and property disputes. She has particular experience in claims under the Public Works Act 1981 (for land acquisition relating to development) and mid-project and post-project phases of construction. Janine is known for her pragmatic approach, adopting either litigation and/or dispute resolution to achieve a commercially-effective outcome for her clients.

Janine also has significant experience in landlord and tenant obligations and contentious rent review disputes. She regularly appears in various dispute forums.

Named Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year at the 2015 New Zealand Law Awards, Janine is actively engaged in thought leadership on issues impacting the property and construction industry. Janine regularly contributes to a number of publications and presents widely on complex construction and property issues, and lectures ‘Law for Construction’ in the Masters of Project Management programme at AUT University.

Bar Admissions

2003, New Zealand


LLB University of Auckland
BA (Psychology) University of Auckland
Areas of Practice

Commercial Litigation | Construction | Energy | Litigation | Natural Resources | Property Law | Regulatory

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Recognised as a leading Construction lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
Ranked as a Leading Individual – Real Estate and Construction, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Winner – Resene Woman in Property Award (2017)
Winner – LexisNexis Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year, NZ Law Awards (2015)

Professional Associations

Member, New Zealand Society of Construction Law
Member, Building Advisory Panel to MBIE


A Country Divided: Alert Level Differences and New Zealand’s Construction Supply Chain
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

The Delta variant’s arrival in New Zealand has resulted in a range of novel issues impacting the construction industry.  The latest has arisen due to the interregional differences in Alert Levels.  While Auckland remains at Level 4 until at least 11:59pm on Tuesday 14 September, from 11:59pm tonight, the remainder of New Zealand will move to Level 2...

Ship Building: Expanding Mercy – Mercy Ships Nears Completion of the MV Global Mercy
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

Research has continuously emphasised the increasing need for medical and surgical care around the world, especially in Africa. More than 5 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe surgeries, and now with the impacts of COVID-19, the global backlog of surgical care has escalated...

Know Your Contract: Case Law Highlights
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

New Zealand’s construction industry and projects have weathered a turbulent year with a consistent flow of seminal judicial decisions addressing issues arising in the life cycle of a project...

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