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John Gallagher

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Partner, Finance & Projects


John is one of the senior members of our Finance & Projects team in Australia and leads the Melbourne Finance & Projects team. John has specialised in project structuring solutions for infrastructure and engineering projects and programs and is widely acknowledged across Australasia as a leader in collaborative project delivery strategies and documentation. Both clients and peers highlight his skills in collaborative and relationship contracting, with one client rating "his great depth of knowledge about alliance contracting and associated commercial issues." (Chambers Australia 2010). From 2007 - 2012, John has been identified as one of Australia's leading project and infrastructure lawyers by Asia Pacific Legal 500 and has been recognised from 2009 - 2012 by Chambers Global as one of Australia's leading construction lawyers. Prior to entering the legal profession, John worked for nearly 10 years in a variety of project and contract management roles in the construction industry. Please refer to link for details of expertise and experience:


Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1996; High Court of Australia, 1996; Supreme Court of Victoria, 1998




AMPLA: The Resources and Energy Law Association; Alliancing Association of Australasia; Australian Society of Construction Law; Law Institute of Victoria


Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance, University of Melbourne, 2005; Financing PPP Projects, University of Melbourne, 2004; Advanced Certificate in Arbitration, Australian Institute of Mediators & Arbitrators Australia and the University of Adelaide, 1999; Diploma in Law (Solicitors Admissions Board), University of Sydney, 1994; Master of Project Management, University of New South Wales, 1991; Building Certificate, Sydney TAFE, 1989; Bachelor of Science (Architecture), University of Sydney, 1987



Within: Leading individuals

John Gallagher - DLA Piper

Within: Construction

DLA Piper’s ‘strong and committed’ team delivers a ‘great service’ characterised by ‘clear business acumen and industry knowledge’. Highlights included advising the Destination Brisbane Consortium on its £1.6bn Queen’s Wharf development in the Brisbane CBD, and the team assisted the Australian Football League (AFL) with the £127m Etihad Stadium and Docklands precinct redevelopment. Jane Baddeley and Mark Huntington have ‘wealth of industry knowledge and experience’ and are ‘great assets to a project team’. John Gallagher and Richard Edwards jointly head the practice that includes the ‘extremely good’ disputes specialist Gitanjali Bajaj; she led on a number of high-value construction disputes in the energy sector. David Nancarrow left to take up a role in-house, while infrastructure lawyers Dan Brown and Alex Guy departed to Ashurst.

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Project development

Within: Project development

DLA Piper possesses considerable PPP expertise, including advising governments on structuring PPP schemes, and handles a range of infrastructure as well as renewables and mining sector matters. The team has seen some change, with Dan Brown and former head of PPP and transport Alex Guy leaving for Ashurst, and Simon Huxley joining Allen & Overy LLP; however, the firm has appointed new partners Alyson Eather and Rhys Davies and grew at associate and counsel level. Resolute Mining received advice on the development of the Syama and Ravenswood mining operations in Mali and Queensland, respectively. Infrastructure work included the team’s advice to the Acciona Ferrovial joint venture on the Melbourne Metro Tunnels and Stations PPP project. Alex Jones leads on mining project matters, and Stephen Webb handles energy projects work. Alex Regan and John Gallagher are also names to note. Finance and projects lawyer Kate Papailiou has ‘strong business acumen and industry knowledge’ and displays ‘strong work ethic’.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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