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Zane Fookes

Senior Solicitor

Litigation & dispute resolution

Zane specialises in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on construction and maritime disputes.

He has particular expertise in the resolution of construction disputes, including Construction Contracts Act adjudications, and advises both carriers and shippers on a variety of maritime law issues including cargo claims under the Maritime Transport Act.

Zane also has experience in a broad range of general commercial disputes, including contractual, insurance and tort litigation.

He is a previous winner of the Society of Construction Law’s essay prize, for an article on the status of a contractor’s methodology in construction contracts.

Recent highlights

  • Assisting James Hardie in relation to weathertight homes litigation and building product liability, including the successful resolution of two significant class actions – one by settlement and one by judgment.
  • Assisting a major international shipping company on a number of proceedings involving cargo claims under the Maritime Transport Act, including a current High Court test case involving potential liability for delayed cargo delivery.
  • Assisted ASX-listed BlueScope Steel in defending a large High Court breach of contract claim relating to the sale of an ironsands mine.
  • Advising a range of clients on various maritime law issues, such as ship arrests and coastal shipping regulations in New Zealand.
  • Assisting Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on a Construction Contracts Act adjudication claim relating to a motorway upgrading project.


  • Member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ).
  • Member of the Society of Construction Law New Zealand.

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