Claims for quantum meruit in New Zealand (CPD 1.5 hr)

5:00pm Tuesday, 16 May 2023
6:30pm Tuesday, 16 May 2023
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This webinar, presented by Peter Watts KC, Kelly Quinn and Zoe Bashforth and chaired by Sarah Wroe, explores claims for quantum meruit under New Zealand law.  The webinar will review the circumstances when a claim for a quantum meruit may arise and comment on recent significant cases.  Consideration will be given to whether unjust enrichment is the legal basis for the remedy and what implications for measure of remedy might arise from that.  The webinar will also cover some practical issues in relation to the valuation of a quantum meruit. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what a claim for a quantum meruit is and when a claim may be made
  • Understand the basis for the claim and what has to be proved
  • Expert evidence issues around valuation of a quantum meruit
  • Update on recent significant cases

Our Presenters


Peter Watts KC

Peter Watts KC is a barrister at Bankside Chambers, Auckland, and a door tenant at Fountain Court Chambers, The Temple, London. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, Senior Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and emeritus professor of the University of Auckland. He is the General Editor of Bowstead & Reynolds on Agency (22nd ed), and an author of Directors’ Powers and Duties (3rd ed). He has written widely on the law of restitution, most notably: “Unjust Enrichment—the Potion that Induces Well-meaning Sloppiness of Thought” [2016] Current Legal Problems 289.



Kelly Quinn

‍Kelly is a leading construction law barrister (Bankside Chambers) with nearly 30 years’ experience in New Zealand and overseas. He has acted for subcontractors, contractors and principals across the full range of typical construction law disputes including claims for variations and extensions of time, claims for prolongation and/or disruption costs, defects and warranty claims, wrongful termination of contracts, claims for liquidated damages, professional negligence claims against architects and engineers, and the enforcement/defence of claims under performance bonds.

Kelly was counsel for Electrix in the recent quantum meruit case Electrix Ltd v The Fletcher Construction Company Ltd [2020] NZHC 918


Zoë Bashforth

Zoë has over 20 years of experience as a Quantity Surveyor, having worked in New Zealand since 2013 and, prior to that, in the United Kingdom.

Having worked on large-scale projects throughout New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Zoë has built up a wealth of international knowledge that can be transferred across projects.  Zoë has gained an excellent understanding of clients’ needs and risks in order to support their business objectives.  She has a proven track record of delivering projects within budget.

In 2021, Andrew Skelton (Capital Chambers) lead the publication of “Quantum meruit as a remedy in construction law” for the 9th International Society of Construction Law Conference 2021, to which Zoë and David Robertson (White & Case, London) contributed.


Sarah Wroe (Chair)

Sarah Wroe is a barrister at Eldon Chambers, Auckland, and a member of the Bar Association’s Education committee. She graduated First Class in law from Cambridge University and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1998. She practised as a civil and criminal barrister in England for 7 years. She was admitted to the Bar here in 2011 and joined the independent Bar in 2017.  Sarah has a general common law practice with a particular focus on matters touching on property law. 

This webinar is free to members of the NZBA 

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