James is a specialist construction lawyer with a particular focus on social infrastructure.
Prior to joining Greenwood Roche, James spent 11 years practicing in London where he was recommended by the UK Legal 500 for his work in development in the social housing sector. James returned to New Zealand, and to Christchurch, in 2013 to lead the firm’s engagement on Kāinga Ora’s $1.2b Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme.
James is the current President of the South Island Branch of the Property Council and sits on its Executive.
James is recommended as a Leading Construction, Projects & Infrastructure Lawyer by Doyles Guide and is a member of the Society of Construction Law.
Following the Canterbury earthquakes, Housing New Zealand adopted a $1.2 billion project to rebuild and redevelop its social housing portfolio in Canterbury.
Greenwood Roche has been advising Housing New Zealand on legal aspects of the comprehensive repair and development projects in Canterbury.
Greenwood Roche assisted Christchurch City Council in launching and supporting the city’s recent environmentally-friendly transport initiatives intended to support sustainable multi-modal journeys, and complement and enhance the region’s existing public transport network.
The initiatives comprise the introduction of the shared electric car fleet with Yoogo, a proposed public bike share system, and Lime’s e-scooters.
Christchurch City Council has partnered with a range of leading public and private sector organisations with a view to promoting the physical health of its residents, reducing the negative impacts that traditional transport options have on the environment, and reducing the number of cars on Christchurch roads.
Greenwood Roche’s team, led by James Riddoch, worked with Christchurch City Council to prepare the legal framework to support these projects, including advising Council on procurement matters, negotiating the commercial terms with the suppliers, and advising Council in relation to the required permits to allow these businesses to operate in the city.
Housing New Zealand has recently entered into new contracts with housing maintenance providers.
Greenwood Roche acted for Housing New Zealand in relation to its housing maintenance contracts and associated trust accounting arrangements with the main contractors and their banks.
Greenwood Roche assisted Raukawa Property LP (now Iwi Commercial Property LP) with the preparation and negotiation of an agreement for sale and purchase, property due diligence investigations and acquisition of a commercial building in Tauranga
The property acquired by Iwi Commercial Property LP had a number of existing tenants, and the due diligence included reviewing those leases, as well as various construction contracts and associated warranties. We also negotiated a last-minute settlement retention for a number of potential defects discovered shortly before settlement
Greenwood Roche is acting for Hāpai Ahuriri Limited Partnership on the acquisition of land and the development and lease of a pet food factory in Hawke’s Bay.
Our work involved documenting and registering the limited partnership (a joint venture between two other limited partnerships including our existing client Hāpai Commercial Property Limited Partnership made up of a number of different iwi), due diligence, drafting the agreement for sale and purchase, settling the acquisition and negotiating and drafting the construction contract. We continue to advise on financing aspects and the lease.
Quota refugees coming to New Zealand are accommodated at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre (MRRC). There are six intakes of around 125 people each year. Refugees spend six weeks at the MRRC before being resettled in local New Zealand communities.
Greenwood Roche is advising the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on the redevelopment of the MRRC. Our work has included advice on the overall structuring of the project, the tendering process, and drafting the necessary documents regarding redevelopment of the facility and its on-going maintenance. The scope of the redevelopment includes the demolition of the existing resettlement centre and construction of a new purpose-built facility over a staged construction programme to allow the MRRC to remain operational.
Greenwood Roche has assisted Westland Dairy Company Limited with its $26 million Ocean Outfall Pipeline project.
Our work involved drafting and negotiating land occupation and easement documentation with the Westland District Council for the deaeration chamber and the pipeline and drafting construction contracts for the two stage pipeline project. The pipeline and deaeration chamber due for completion in the first quarter of 2021 will convey treated wastewater from Westland Milk’s Hokitika dairy factory, remove the air and discharge it into the ocean via an 800 metre underwater pipe. The company considers it is a more acceptable environmental solution and more sustainable system than the current system of discharge into the Hokitika River.
Partner, Greenwood Roche 2020 –
Principal, Greenwood Roche 2014 – 2020
Senior Lawyer, Greenwood Roche 2013 – 2014
Senior Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood LLP (London) 2011 – 2013
Senior Assistant Solicitor, Dawsons LLP (London) 2006 – 2011
Assistant Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood (London) 2002 – 2006
Solicitor, Duncan Cotterill 2000 – 2002
Solicitor, O’Regan Arndt Peters & Evans 1999 – 2000
President, South Island Branch, Property Council New Zealand 2019 –
LLB, BA (Canterbury)
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
DDI: +64 3 353 0575
Mobile: +64 27 447 7668
Phone: +64 3 353 0570
James is primarily based in Christchurch.
Physical: Level 3, 1 Kettlewell Lane
680-690 Colombo Street
Mail: PO Box 139
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