Dispute resolution

Peter Degerholm is qualified and available for appointments by party agreement for adjudication, arbitration and mediation. He is an AMINZ panelist for arbitration, mediation, adjudication, and an adjudicator on the Authorised Nominating Authority lists for AMINZ, RICS and FairWay Resolution.

The focus of services is the prevention of disputes through education, assistance in contract formation, or when issues arise through early intervention or assistance in negotiation.

Peter is based in Wanaka and provides dispute resolution services and educational seminars throughout New Zealand. He acts as a local practitioner in Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch.

Construction Contracts Act 2002 seminars

Peter has been involved in the Construction Contracts Act since its inception and has delivered many seminars throughout New Zealand.

He offers seminars and workshops on the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015, which improved payment and adjudication processes from 1 December 2015, extended the scope of the Act to industry professionals from 1 September 2016, and regulates retentions from March 2017.

Managing Contractors’ Cashflow – making the Construction Contracts Act work for you published in 2003 sold 8,000 copies. Peter’s new book CCA Handbook, Making the Construction Contracts Act work was published in April 2016 and is available at www.ccahandbook.co.nz.

Other professional services

A range of other specialist services are offered aimed at establishing robust contracts and preventing disputes including:

  • Support at the outset with drafting of contracts and special conditions, aimed at identifying and managing risk, to reduce the risk of disputes arising.
  • Strategic support, claims consultancy or negotiation services when contracts do not proceed as planned
  • Advocacy and expert witness services when actual disputes arise.

Educational seminars

NZS 3910 suite of construction contracts seminars

Peter delivers courses on NZS 3910:2013 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering construction (and its companion standards NZS 3916 and 3917) nationally through IPENZ, and offers custom one-day courses for a wide range of private clients in the wider construction industry.