Michael Thornton, Barrister and Solicitor, is a specialist litigation firm based in Auckland’s CBD.

We have a wealth of experience in all aspects of commercial litigation with a particular focus on litigation generated through building issues.

Our main areas of practice are construction disputes, landlord and tenant law, and insurance.

More on our background and team.

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Time limitations clarified by appellate court in leaky homes claims

Appellate courts have delivered significant judgments in the never-ending leaky buildings saga.

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Our Expertise


Since 2005 our team has specialised in all aspects of leaky building litigation. We achieve compensation for homeowners and bodies corporate to repair their leaky houses, apartments and units. We also represent parties being sued: generally developers, builders and other tradespeople, their companies and their directors; sometimes parties who did not perform the original construction work, such as pre-purchase inspectors or former owners. 

general commercial litigation

Our team has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial litigation. We have been involved in resolving contract and negligence disputes encompassing a diverse range of subject matter, such as ocean going yachts, real estate, second hand truck engines, and the supply of animal feed.


Our team has extensive experience in all aspects of insurance law and routinely advises on issues of policy coverage, including exclusion clauses, particularly in the context of public liability and professional negligence policies.


We act for owners of commercial and retail premises, including several shopping malls. Our team advises landlords regarding lease disputes, such as make good/reinstatement obligations, and recovering unpaid rent.


The firm has expertise in bringing and defending claims made under the Construction Contracts Act. Our focus is to achieve the most cost effective outcome that meets our clients’ needs.


The Processes

Mike represented me when a home I had previously owned became leaky and I was subject to a claim. He was very detailed in his advice and the matter was settled in a calm and orderly fashion. Given this was not my area of expertise and my understanding of the process was limited, it was great to have him in my corner getting me through the claims process. I would personally endorse Mike in this area and would happily talk to anyone directly about him.
- Pip Mayne


Our team will guide you through the applicable process and advise the best strategy suited to your needs.

We recommend an initial meeting to enable us to understand your particular situation.

Attached below are example documents outlining possible processes depending on your situation:


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