PHOTO: SUPPLIED William-Gareth Denysschen, left, and Scott Manwaring, directors of Bespoke Design and Build.
A man’s “dream home” project fell apart when the builders downed tools and a building adjudicator ordered him to pay more than $125,000 – until a High Court judge intervened.
In 2018, a Construction Contracts Act (CCA) adjudicator determined the homeowner, Ahmed Youssef, had to pay Bespoke Design and Build $125,000 in unpaid invoices and lost profit.
But in December, Justice Mary Peters quashed the determination in the High Court at Auckland.
The judge found the adjudicator had a conflict of interest because he was acting as an expert witness for another client of Bespoke’s lawyers, Auckland firm Martelli McKegg.
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