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Finn Collins


About Finn Collins

Career to date
Finn is widely experienced in the resolution of disputes. He has specific expertise and broad experience in construction law which forms a significant part of his practice. Finn has assisted in the resolution of numerous substantial disputes in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Finn obtained his law degree at Waikato University and was admitted to the bar in 2002.  Following a short stint in the litigation team at O’Sheas in Hamilton he commenced work in our Lower Hutt office in 2003. In April 2007 he left us to travel.  While overseas Finn gained valuable experience working for Freeth Cartwright LLP, a leading UK construction law firm.  He worked in a specialist team of 12 construction lawyers andwas involved in several significant, and successful, multi-party complex claims on commercial building projects.

Finn returned to Gibson Sheat in February 2009, and has been a partner since October 2013.

Finn’s experience includes procurement and issues such as extensions of time, disruption, loss and expense, defects claims, certification and payment issues and contract interpretation.  A significant part of this experience has been obtained by resolution of disputes using adjudication in both New Zealand and United Kingdom. 

Finn also has extensive experience in acting for large financial institutions dealing with contentious matters.

My approach to working with my clients
I was taught early in my career to focus on issue identification and evidential risk analysis rather than taking the easy option of simply working through a process.  I like to work alongside clients on a merits based approach with a focus on obtaining an early commercial return.  

The best piece of advice I've ever been given
Own, manage and close the job.

What stimulates me
Dispute resolution is a difficult and complex area to work in and the personalities involved often play a large part. It's immensely rewarding to assist in bringing closure to a dispute.

What I enjoy outside of work
I'm an enthusiastic but amatuerish mountain biker. I enjoy anything to do with the outdoors, especially if it means being with my wife and two sons.