Adam holds a LLB(Hons) and a BA from the University of Auckland. While studying, Adam clerked at a large commercial firm in Melbourne and was a summer research scholar for the University’s law faculty. Adam was admitted to the bar in 2015.
Adam joined Wilson Harle in 2017 after two years as a Judges’ Clerk at the Auckland High Court. Adam has been involved in a broad range of the firm’s work, and is particularly interested in public law, equity and company law. Adam has also been a public law tutor at the University of Auckland.
The Supreme Court recently reversed a Court of Appeal judgment that a local authority did not owe a duty of care to a commissioning owner in issuing a code compliance certificate for a non-compliant building. The judgment is significant because it recognises that local authorities owe a duty of care even to commissioning owners that engage their own professionals to ensure compliance with building standards.
The Court of Appeal recently held that a local authority did not owe a duty of care to a commissioning owner in issuing a code compliance certificate for a non-compliant building. The decision is significant because it restricts the circumstances in which local authorities have a duty of care in relation to defective buildings, especially to commissioning building owners which contract with their own professionals to ensure compliance.