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Lee McDonald is a partner at Ashurst and Practice Group Lead of Corporate Projects for Asia-Pacific. Lee has more than 20 years' experience specialising in transport, construction and infrastructure projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In particular, Lee has considerable expertise in all aspects of the rail industry, including in respect of infrastructure provision, franchising, rolling stock procurement and regulatory matters. His clients include public sector bodies, funders, rolling stock manufacturers, sponsors and contractors. Lee has acted on rail PPPs in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, successfully completing many public sector procurements.



Within: Construction

Ashurst’s ‘highly responsive’ team possesses ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and ‘ensures access to partners at all times’. The team adeptly advises on front- and back-end construction matters in the transport, social infrastructure, and energy and resources sectors. It regularly acts for Commonwealth and state government agencies as well as private sector clients such as retailer Woolworths, a longstanding client. In the busy infrastructure sector, a large team led by Lee McDonald continues to advise TfNSW on the £11bn Sydney Metro project, Australia’s largest-ever public transport project, and Grant Rowlands assisted V/Line with the Murray Basin rail project, an extensive upgrade to improve Victoria’s rail freight network. The latter also acts for the City of Melbourne on the ongoing restoration and renewal of its 19th-century Queen Victoria market. Rowlands and McDonald jointly head the 16-partner practice, which has grown significantly with new appointments at senior associate and counsel level. A number of partners come in for praise, among them Gareth Sage for his ‘excellent knowledge of government practices’, construction and infrastructure disputes specialist Georgia Quick, and Mark Disney.

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Project development

Within: Leading individuals

Lee McDonald - Ashurst

Within: Project development

Ashurst is ‘particularly good at working from different jurisdictions to leverage the national practice’. The team, which is led by Lee McDonald, covers an impressive range of projects in the transport, infrastructure, and energy and resources sectors and has been further strengthened by the arrival of Dan Brown and Alex Guy from DLA Piper. Transport-sector credentials include advising TfNSW on all aspects of the multibillion-dollar Sydney Metro project, Australia’s largest public transport project, a matter handled by McDonald. Notable mining work has seen Richard Guit advise CleanTeQ on the Sunrise Nickel Cobalt Scandium project development, one of the largest sources of cobalt outside of Africa, and in the energy sector the team acted for Edify Energy on a number of large-scale renewable energy projects. Harvey Weaver, who has ‘good knowledge of the student accommodation market’, acted for several major Australian universities on their student accommodation projects, most recently for the University of Tasmania on its innovative partnership to grant a 30-year licence for accommodation properties to Spark Living. Michael Harrison is ‘first-class on matters requiring structuring and deep thought’, ‘engenders trust in everyone in the market’ and has ‘great ability to guide people’s thinking’. The team also includes the highly regarded Angus Foley, Mark Disney and David Jardine. Krista Payne has been promoted to the partnership.

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