Hamish Bolland Hamish Bolland

Hamish Bolland


Construction & major projects

Hamish has experience across a variety of sectors including infrastructure, energy (including renewable), water, health, ports, oil and gas, tourism, commercial and residential. He advises on national and international large-scale construction projects.

Hamish acts for a range of clients including government entities and council, sponsors, developers, contractors, subcontractors, service providers and lenders. He advises on all stages of a project including procurement strategy, tendering and probity, contract drafting and negotiation, contract administration and dispute resolution. A significant amount of his experience involves project finance transactions.

Previously, Hamish worked for UK magic circle law firm Allen & Overy in their Dubai projects team acting for sponsors undertaking major projects in the Gulf region, as well as financial institutions lending to those projects.

He advises on a wide range of project procurement models including early contractor involvement and pre-construction services, build-only, design-build, full EPC/turnkey, DBO, BOOT, design, build, operate and maintain and concession arrangements.

Hamish is recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 and as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2023.

Recent highlights

  • Advised Ministry of Health (MOH), Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) and Acurity Health Group on many large construction projects in the health sector, including advising MOH on its Christchurch Hospital project and the New Dunedin Hospital Project, CMDHB on New Zealand’s largest acute mental health facility and Acurity on the Wakefield Hospital development.

  • Assisted developers with large hotel, commercial and residential developments including Fu Wah on the 5-star Park Hyatt Hotel, Tauranga Crossing on its shopping centre development and Shundi on the 52-storey Seascape tower in Auckland CBD.

  • Helped Mercury with various construction contracts and ancillary project contracts relating to its power plant assets, including the development of New Zealand’s largest wind farm (222MW Turitea project).

  • Advised Crown Irrigation on all of its investment into numerous irrigation schemes around New Zealand including Central Plains, Waimea Dam and the Kurow-Duntroon scheme.

  • Acted for numerous concession and PPP projects in New Zealand, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands across roading, power (including renewable energy), water, social housing, education and prison sectors.

  • Assisted lenders and sponsors on numerous world-scale project finance transactions in the Middle East in the downstream oil and gas, mining and metal sectors.


  • Society of Construction Law New Zealand.
  • Executive Committee of the New Zealand Pacific Business Council.

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