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1 BLIGH STREET, SYDNEY, NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA
Tel:
Work +61 2 9320 4600
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Fax +61 2 9320 4666
Web:
www.hfw.com
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HFW, Nick Watts, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

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Nick Watts

Tel:
Work +61 (0)2 9320 4600
Email:
Web:
www.hfw.com
HFW

Work Department

Construction

Position

Partner

Career

Nick specialises in handling commercial disputes and litigation in the areas of construction and infrastructure as well as energy and resources in Australia, and across Asia. He assists clients in the construction industry with all aspects of Project Delivery including procurement and contract negotiation at project inception and he regularly acts as project counsel. Assisting with the administration of project contracts to achieve compliance, timely payment and completion, Nick is able to draw on his litigation expertise to help clients manage and resolve disputes early in a project to avoid the expense of litigation. He has strong experience in mediation, expert determination and arbitration to support his clients in litigation when disputes do arise.

Nick has worked in top tier international, Australian and New Zealand litigation firms and has conducted complex litigation in the Australian and New Zealand Courts. He has assisted clients in a number of Inquiries and has experience in International Arbitration as well as providing domestic litigation supervision and management in Southeast Asia, particularly in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Having lived and worked in both Jakarta and Singapore Nick possesses invaluable and extensive ‘on-ground’ experience assisting clients from a diverse range of industries on the various processes and procedures for dispute resolution, as well as local regulatory and compliance issues in Indonesia.

Nick develops close relationships with clients to understand their people, culture and businesses. He has undertaken a number of client secondments to achieve this and it is this investment and integration with client teams that has allowed him to develop and innovate tailor made solutions.


Australia

Construction

Within: Construction

HFW fields ‘outstanding lawyerNick Longley, whose ‘advice is always useful to overcome issues’, and Alex McKellar, who ‘helped resolve issues that had been hurdles for several years’. The former relocated from the firm’s Hong Kong office to boost the Melbourne offering. Infrastructure and offshore construction are two key areas of expertise, and the team has seen recent growth in hotel, residential and mixed-use developments, where it frequently acts for Singaporean and Chinese clients. On the contentious side, it represented AECOM Services in multi-party proceedings before the NSW Supreme Court, arising from the construction of Sydney’s Lane Cove tunnel. Non-contentious work included advising Indonesian state-owned PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur on the construction of a hospital in Sumatra. The team also includes the recommended Ian Gordon, who joined from Lander & Rogers; offshore construction expert Matthew Blycha; and disputes specialist Nick Watts.

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