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LEVEL 15, BROOKFIELD PLACE - TOWER 2, 123 ST GEORGES TERRACE, PERTH, WA, AUSTRALIA
Tel:
Work +61 8 9422 4700
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Fax +61 8 9422 4777
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Matthew Blycha

Tel:
Work +61 (0)8 9422 4700
Email:
Web:
www.hfw.com
HFW

Work Department

Construction

Position

Partner

Career

Matthew advises on the development, construction and operation of resource projects. He has worked on large-scale infrastructure projects and project finance transactions in industries including power, mining, rail and oil and gas across Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He acts for operators, managers, contractors, specialist sub-contractors and joint venture participants, and has also worked in-house with energy companies regarding the development of LNG projects.

He advises clients and assists in the negotiations of all forms of project contracts including concession agreements, supply and off-take agreements, and construction contracts including EPC, EPCM, design and construct contracts and operation and maintenance agreements.

Matthew has particular experience with offshore construction and other offshore oil and gas operations. He has advised clients in relation to dispute resolution and has worked with clients on international arbitrations under various rules including ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ad-hoc arbitrations.

Matthew is qualified in Australia and England and Wales.


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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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

HFW's team focuses on contentious work in the firm’s core areas of practice shipping and aviation, construction, insurance, energy and commodities. Practice head Nick Longley is an ‘outstanding lawyer’ whose ‘knowledge and appropriateness of advice meet expectations’; he specialises in construction litigation and acted for design firm Arcadis Australia in a claim arising out of its involvement in a Victorian road project. Insurance expert Richard Jowett, who has experience in class actions, is also singled out; Gavin Vallely, Matthew Blycha and Andrew Dunn are other names to note. Simon Shaddick and Brendan McCashin have been promoted to partner.

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