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Travis Tomlinson

Travis Tomlinson



  • Construction
  • Major projects/PPPs

WSG Practice Industries


Travis is a specialist transactional construction and infrastructure lawyer and a Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Band 1 ranked Construction team by Chambers Asia Pacific. He is ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer in the ‘The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific’ rankings. He has practiced in New Zealand and Australia (both in private practice and as in-house counsel) on a range of complex and large-scale projects.

Travis helps clients on their procurement planning, contract drafting and negotiations, project governance, and project administration across a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including acting for some of New Zealand’s largest organisations. He has detailed knowledge of the Government’s procurement rules and advises the public and private sector in relation to regulation and compliance.

He has specific expertise in civil and building; residential; aged care and retirement; rail and road; social and economic infrastructure; and power, energy and industrial D&C, EPC, Alliancing, DBM, BOOT and PPP projects. He has recent experience in procuring a number of major projects using ECI to complement project procurement models. He advises on the full suite of tender and project documentation, including New Zealand and Australian standard form and bespoke documentation.

Through his previous employment in the private sector, Travis has gained unique insight into project delivery, risk and global and project-specific insurances. He has an in-depth understanding of the Australasian private sector’s appetite for risk and its strategies to manage and mitigate these risk. This enables him to work closely with tender and project teams to identify the best value for money solutions for all parties.

Travis is an elected Council Member for the New Zealand Society of Construction Law. He lectures the Construction Law paper at the University of Auckland Law School and is the lead lecturer for Law for Construction as part of the Masters of Project Management program at the Auckland University of Technology. He has contributed to the LexisNexis Laws of New Zealand on the Building and Construction chapter.

Bar Admissions

2007, New Zealand


LLB (Hons) University of Canterbury
BCom University of Canterbury
Areas of Practice

Construction | Major projects/PPPs

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a Rising Star – Projects, Resource Mgmt and Environment, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Professional Associations

Council Member, New Zealand Society of Construction Law
Past Member, Australian Society of Construction Law


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...

Contracting in a COVID-19 World
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

We may be tired of talking about COVID-19, but contractual and project risk associated with the pandemic is still very real. Risk associated with COVID-19 should remain a key consideration in project planning, tendering and negotiation activities, and in the delivery and administration of construction and infrastructure projects. To assist, we examine key themes and observations that are relevant to contracting in a COVID-19 world...

New Zealand’s Infrastructure Sector: Key to Rebuilding the Country’s Economy?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had wide-ranging impacts on New Zealand’s economy, and the construction and infrastructure sectors have not been immune to these challenges. Infrastructure expenditure has long been seen as an effective tool to reinvigorate an economy and generate growth, and New Zealand’s Infrastructure sector is a key beneficiary of the Government’s economic stimulus package post COVID-19...

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