Construction in Australia

Clayton Utz is acclaimed for its ‘depth of knowledge’ and ‘strategic approach’ when advising clients on construction projects from business case development, procurement, delivery and related  financing and litigation. The highly recommended Sergio Capelli operates from Brisbane and heads the practice which is well-versed on all project delivery models and handles construction projects spanning the energy and natural resources, government, telecommunications, social infrastructure and transport sectors. In Melbourne, Joanna Pugsley provides notable experience in the delivery of large-scale social infrastructure PPPs and Vanessa McBride, who was recently promoted to special counsel is knowledgeable of road, rail and port infrastructure work. Graham Read is a new arrival in Sydney, he joined from Norton Rose Fulbright and bolsters the practice through his specialist knowledge of procuring, negotiating and documenting contractual arrangements. In a market leading highlight, the Department of Treasury and Finance and Finance and Major Transport Infrastructure engaged the group to advise on the A$6.7bn West Gate Tunnel, a 5KM toll road under construction in Melbourne.  Frank Bannon is another standout name in Sydney and is currently acting alongside Capelli on the high-profile Sydney Metro Project.  

Practice head(s):

Sergio Capelli;

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Pugsley; Steven Murray; Jonathan McTigue; Frank Bannon; Dale Brackin;


‘Depth of knowledge in the area of construction law that is hard to match, coupled with a strategic approach to issues.’

‘Dale Brackin is without peer in the Brisbane market and rates amongst the best construction lawyers in Australia for his knowledge of construction law and his ability to apply the law strategically to issues.’

Key clients

Adigun (JV NZ Government and Auckland Council)

Australian Capital Territory Government (represented by Capital Metro Agency, now Transport Canberra and City Services)

Australian Rail Track Corporation

Brisbane City Council

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority (representing the State of Queensland)

Department of Treasury and Finance (VIC) & Major Transport Infrastructure Authority

Major Road Projects Victoria (part of Major Transport Infrastructure Authority)

North East Link Authority

Queensland Government – Treasury Commercial Group (formerly Projects Queensland) / Department of Transport and Main Roads

Roads and Maritime Services

Sydney Metro

Work highlights

  • Strategic and legal counsel to the State of Victoria on the $16.5bn North East Link.
  • Strategic and legal counsel to the Australian Rail Track Corporation for 14 of the 17 ‘packages’ that make up the $9.3bn Inland Rail project.
  • Strategic and legal counsel to Sydney Metro and Transport for New South Wales on the $8.3bn project for Sydney’s public transport system. The Sydney Metro will deliver Australia’s first fully automated rapid transport system.
  • Strategic and legal counsel to the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority on the $5.4bn Cross River Rail project.
  • Strategic and legal counsel to the Roads and Maritime Services authority on the delivery of the integrated transport solution – the WestConnex project.


Active on matters across the entirety of Australia and New Zeeland, Ashurst’s team handles construction projects from concept to delivery across the energy and resources, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors. Sydney-based Georgia Quick and Melbourne-based Grant Rowlands jointly lead the practice which represents public sector clients in addition to those from the private sector, including all three levels of Australian government. Construction-related disputes are an additional core strength, as are PPPs. In a market leading highlight, the group is advising Sydney Metro on all aspects of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project,  one of Australia’s largest public transport ventures. Counsel Ben Kipic is recommended for his expertise in contract and tender documentation drafting.

Practice head(s):

Georgia Quick; Grant Rowlands;

Other key lawyers:

Mark Disney; Olivia Lau; Gareth Sage; Ben Kipic;

Work highlights

  • Advising RPV on the procurement of the $1.75bn RRR program, a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments which will upgrade stations, signalling and track across every regional passenger train line in Victoria and create over 1,000 jobs.
  • Advised SMC on all 3 stages of the 33km WestConnex road project, the largest integrated transport and urban revitalisation project in Australia.
  • Advising the City of Melbourne on the redevelopment of residential and retail projects adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market site and the redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market, which will involve the delivery of significant refurbishment and upgrade works to the entire site.
  • Advising Downer in its tender for CRL3, a stations and tunnel package.
  • Acting for the The Department of Defence on a broad range of remediation, redevelopment and equipment-specific facilities development across its bases nation-wide, instigated and administered through its Capital Facilities Infrastructure Branch.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

The practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is currently advising the Queensland Government on the construction phase of the A$3.6bn Queen’s Wharf Casino. Andrew Stephenson and Matthew Muir jointly helm the department which in addition to state governments, also represents private sector sponsors and major contractors and subcontractors on contentious and non-contentious issues. Energy projects, namely oil and gas, are a particular expertise, as are works pertaining mining, transport, social infrastructure. The highly recommended Chris Ryder demonstrates a proven track record in handling multi-billion dollar projects and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stephenson; Matthew Muir;

Other key lawyers:

Chris Ryder; Rod Dann; Matthew Muir;


‘The team is always willing to make themselves available to assist with tricky situations – including at very short notice and at unsociable hours’.

‘Both Matthew Muir and Peter Schenk have a wealth of experience and expertise in complex construction law matters.  Both provide accurate and commercial advice in a manner that lends itself to easy communication’.

‘Corrs has a superior understanding of PPP projects’.

‘The client engagement approach is outstanding.’ 

‘Responsiveness to client requests is excellent.’

‘The construction practice group is well resourced, with partners who in my experience make good strategic decisions but who also immerse themselves (not simply supervise juniors) in the detail of the issues.’

Key clients


Lend Lease

Laing O’Rourke

Downer Engineering


John Holland

Woodside Energy


Pacific Partnerships


UGL Limited

Queensland Government

Victorian Government

Coles (Wesfarmers)

Western Australia Government


Fulton Hogan

Fortescue Metals Group

HDI Lucas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Coles Group in relation to the delivery of two state-of-the-art new ambient automated distribution centres in Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Acting for Bombardier Transportation in relation to the A$4.4bn Queensland New Generation Rolling Stock project, which involves the design and construction of a purpose-built maintenance centre and 75 trains.
  • Advising Woodside Energy on four significant construction packages as part of the A$20bn Browse LNG Project.
  • Representing a range of leading Australian construction contractors on major mandates linked to the A$5.4bn Cross River Rail project.
  • Representing Downer EDI in relation to the development of the 130MW Clare solar farm in Queensland.

King & Wood Mallesons

At King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney-based Peter Pether leads on back-end construction work while Scott Budd, who operates from Brisbane oversees the front-end practice. The team handles acquisition, financing, structuring and procurement through to dispute resolution and arbitration, assisting on the full life cycle of construction project. Both public and private entities form the client roster with the group currently acting for Transport for New South Wales on the development of the North-South Metro, the rail enabling component for the new Western Sydney Airport. Steve Swan and Scott Watson both recently made partner while the arrival of Hamish Macpherson from White & Case LLP enhances the practice’s expertise on infrastructure matters. in Melbourne, James Forrest is a standout name with extensive experience in PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Scott Budd; Peter Pether;


‘A very strong national practice with centres of exceptional expertise.Peter  Pether is the Godfather of the construction disputes world in Sydney, if not the nation. He is client-orientated, always with a strategic eye on opportunities to settle matters, in the best interest of his clients.’

‘Hamish Macpherson is skilled strategist and a great addition to the KWM team.  Hamish is happy to roll his sleeves up and jump right into the roughest of street brawls.  He runs his disputes hard, but sensibly, keeping the opposition nervously on their toes, carefully analysing all alternatives and possible developments and keeping his client a number of moves ahead.’

‘They are commercial in nature and provide robust advice’.  

Key clients

QUBE Holdings Limited

Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW)

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)

Sydney Airport Corporation Limited

Infrastructure for New South Wales (IfNSW)

Adelaide Airport Ltd



Brookfield Multiplex

Laing O’Rourke Australia Pty Ltd

Hansen Yuncken

CIMIC Group Ltd

John Holland Pty Ltd

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Department of Defence

BHP Billiton Limited

Sydney Water Corporation




CPB Contractors

John Laing Group

Built Development Group

Fulton Hogan

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) on a dispute on the Sydney Light Rail Project.
  • Advising Transport for New South Wales, the key NSW government agency tasked with the delivery of Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Parramatta Light Rail (PLR).
  • Engaged by Destination Brisbane Consortium to prepare the design and construction contracts for the integrated resort development (including casino, hotels and residential), the new city to Southbank bridge and the Treasury Casino repurposing.
  • Working with logistics and infrastructure company Qube Holdings Limited to negotiate and implement the terms regarding the development and operation of the Moorebank Intermodal project in New South Wales.
  • Acted for Sunshine Coast Regional Council for the 99 year lease and commercial partnership of the Sunshine Coast Airport to Palisade Investment Partners and in respect of the design and construction contract for the expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport.

Minter Ellison

Renowned for its market leading presence in the economic and social construction space, Minter Ellison is currently advising the CPB Contractors/Dragados Samsung joint venture on the construction of the WestConnex new M5. The 33km of motorway will link Sydney Airport, Sydney’s CBD, Port Botany and Parramatta CBD with the client appointed under a A$3.9bn contract to design and construct stage 2 of the project. Developers, corporations, owners, landlords, property fund managers, tenants and government clients routinely instruct the practice which excels on city building, urban renewal and property development projects. In Sydney, Pamela Jack is a leading name for dispute resolution, project documentation and tender procedures while Elizabeth McKechnie delivers expert knowledge of risk allocation, project delivery options and contractual matters. Also recommended is Melbourne-based Stewart Nankervis, a specialist in road, energy and resources, rail, transport, and healthcare projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wood; Virginia Briggs


‘Presently the strongest construction team in the nation with the greatest depth and breadth of talent. Peter Wood is a savvy, pragmatic disputes lawyer, with an ability to distinguish the noise that often surrounds construction disputes and focus in quickly on the issues at the heart of the matter.’

‘Very good knowledge of current market practices and positions.  The team is willing to go the extra mile to ensure deadlines etc are achieved and has very deep bench of good senior and junior associates.’

Key clients

State Governments and various State government entities



John Holland






Cushman & Wakefield

Brookfield / Multiplex

Work highlights

  • Advised various clients (government and private) on a number of correctional centres in Australia and New Zealand including the new Grafton Correction Centre, Parklea Correctional Centre and Waikeria Prison.
  • Acting for Zurich as developer and landlord in respect of the redevelopment and sale of 118 Mount Street as well as the redevelopment of another Zurich-owned building on Blue Street, North Sydney.
  • Advising RMS on their alliance contracts for a number of projects including the $500m upgrade of the Newell Highway.
  • Advised Suncorp as anchor tenant on its 10 year pre-commitment to 40,000m2 of office space at Mirvac’s 80 Ann Street development, as part of Suncorp’s consolidation of their Brisbane workforce.
  • Advising the CPB and Ghella in its bid for the civil package of works for the proposed Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme expansion project.


Allens' clients include contractors, developers and government entities. The team assists with both litigious and advisory matters and provides specialist knowledge of transport, social and transport infrastructure projects and commercial developments. Leighton O’Brien is highly rated for his work on major road and rail projects in addition to PPPs. He heads the practice from Sydney alongside Melbourne-based Nick Rudge whose work portfolio including mining, manufacturing, process and power plant, defence and retail projects.

Practice head(s):

Nick Rudge; Leighton O’Brien;

Other key lawyers:

David Donnelly; Jeremy Quan-Sing; Nikki O’Leary;


‘The Allens construction disputes team are very skilled at project managing a dispute. They provide timely advice and updates, keep the client appraised of Allens’ internal work-streams and progress and ensure timely involvement of the client.’

‘The technical legal expertise of the team is collectively and individually excellent and each member has a solid understanding of the importance of in-house engagement.’

‘Jeremy Quan-Sing (partner) and Andrea Martignoni (partner) are outstanding construction law specialists who have a manner that is both confident and respectful. They are a pleasure to work with and instill great confidence in the caliber of their advice and dispute management. These traits assist greatly in also ensuring the inter-part conferrals are professional, efficient and sensible.’ 

‘The Allens construction team understands our industry, which goes a long way to ensuring the advice they provide is both legally and commercially relevant.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Snowy Hydro on the work associated with the Snowy Hydro 2.0 Expansion Scheme, including the funding, construction, environmental planning, regulatory and real estate aspects of the project.
  • Assisting Woodside Energy Limited with front end engineering and design (and other ancillary arrangements, including construction option) for Pluto LNG Train 2 expansion at Burrup.
  • Advised the NSW Treasury on the disposal of its 51% interest in the WestConnex Toll Roads.
  • Advising Naval Group S.A. on all aspects of its engagement by the Commonwealth of Australia to design and build Australia’s fleet of future submarines, including an overarching Strategic Partnership Agreement that will endure for the entire future submarine program.
  • Acting for Metro North Hospital and Health Service on the redevelopment of Herston Quarter.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills’ key strengths lie in major social and economic infrastructure projects, energy and resources, project financing and transport. The group covers all elements of projects from procurement and land requirements through to workforce engagement and safety. Sydney-based Toby Anderson heads the projects department and provides notable experience in renewable energy, specifically wind, solar, hydro and geothermal. In Melbourne, Geoff Hansen serves as practice head for disputes, imparting expertise on adjudication and strategic claims. Recommended senior associate Kate Bower tailors her practice towards disputes in the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Toby Anderson; Geoff Hansen;

Other key lawyers:

Kate Bower; Peter Butler; Dan Dragovic;


‘The team are able to professionally manage and support large complex transactions and co-ordinate various suites of documentation in highly pressured environments.’

‘Partner commitment and experience is very good, as are the interfaces with partners within other practice areas.’

‘Depth of team; knowledge and availability of key lawyers; excellent industry knowledge.’

Key clients

PowerChina and Goldwind

Alinta Energy

Roads and Maritime Services

Momentum Trains Consortium

Macquarie Group


Rail Projects Victoria

NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Tilt Renewables

Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corporation

Carmichael Rail Network

Samsung C&T

Work highlights

  • Advised Goldwind Australia and Powerchina on various aspects of the 150MW Cattle Hill Wind Farm in Tasmania including environment and planning, grid connection, procurement and project financing.
  • Advised Alinta Energy on the EPC and O&M contracts in relation to the Yandin Wind Farm, a 214MW project located near the town of Dandaragan in Western Australia.
  • Advising RMS on the Rozelle Interchange Project (Stage 3B of the WestConnex motorway.
  • Advised the Momentum Trains consortium (comprising CIMIC Group companies Pacific Partnerships, UGL and CPB Contractors, DIF, CAF Investment Projects, and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles), which has been selected by Transport for NSW to deliver the Regional Rail Project via a design, build, finance and maintain contract.
  • Advising Macquarie Bank in relation to its unsolicited proposal to the NSW Government in respect of the Sydney Metro Martin Place Station and the development of a fully integrated over station development solution.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright possesses a distinct focus on projects and disputes in the transport and infrastructure, energy and natural resources, government and property sectors. Practice head Emanuel Confos is acclaimed for his drafting and negotiation of project documentation. He oversees a team which is active in both Australia and the wider APAC region, assisting clients at all stages of construction. Recommended alongside Confos are Melbourne-based Grant Ahearn, who has extensive expertise advising on commercial and residential constructions and Sydney-based Kevin Arkwright who focuses on representing federal, state and local government agencies. Four partner-level arrivals have significantly added to the department’s depth with Richard Morrison, Holly McAdam and Martin Taylor arriving from Sparke Helmore Lawyers and also Miriam D’Souza who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Practice head(s):

Emanuel Confos;

Other key lawyers:

Grant Ahearn; Kevin Arkwright; Alex Whiteside; Penelope Ford; Phillipa Beck;


‘The team is diligent, accurate and efficient in providing contractual advice and support. Relationships are managed in a professional yet friendly and engaging manner. Communications are articulate, concise and provide the right balance between not enough or too much information. Resultant fees and charges represent real value to our project delivery capabilities and bottom line.’

‘It is apparent the team is well experienced and supported accordingly. They are dedicated, accurate, efficient and are prepared to commit additional efforts over and above in order to meet timelines and goals.’


Key clients

ACCIONA Infrastructure


John Holland Group

Brookfield / Multiplex

Downer Group

Salini Impregilo


Samsung C&T Corporation


Transport for NSW

City of Sydney

Goldwind Australia

McConnell Dowell


Department of Defence

Qube RE Services

Airservices Australia


Cockram Construction

China Railway Construction Engineering

Thales Australia Limited

Canadian Solar

Roberts Pizzarotti

Work highlights

  • Advised the sponsor, Maoneng Australia, throughout the project lifecycle of the 255MWp Sunraysia Solar Farm.
  • Continuing to act for Downer on the Murra Warra Wind Farm as it moves into Stage Two of its development.
  • Advised Vestas on the Berrybank Wind Farm project, a 180.6 MW wind farm project in Victoria.
  • Advising Thales as a provider of key rail systems for Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project (Metro City & Southwest).
  • Advising Qube RE Services (No. 2) on various procurements critical to the delivery of the Moorebank intermodal terminal precinct project in NSW.

White & Case

The caseload at White & Case LLP consists of constriction projects and project finance in the energy and natural resources, mining and metals, infrastructure and transport sectors. Following the departure of Hamish MacPherson to King & Wood MallesonsAndrew Clark and Brendan Quinn jointly head the department from Melbourne which has also be reinforced by the arrivals of Brad Strahom and Nirangjan Nagarajah from Herbert Smith Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin respectively. The practice is active on cross-border mandates and has the capacity to handle first-in-kind projects; it is acting for Rail Projects Victoria in relation to all aspects of the A$11bn Melbourne Metro Rail.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark; Brendan Quinn;


‘Great industry knowledge, pragmatic and commercial’.

Key clients

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Transurban Limited

Star of the South Wind Farm Pty

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd

FRV Services Australia Pty Ltd

John Holland Pty Ltd

Neoen Australia Pty Ltd

ESCO Pacific Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Transurban Limited on all aspects of Transurban’s market-led proposal to the Victorian Government to build the AU$6.7bn West Gate Tunnel project, which achieved financial close on 11 December 2017.
  • Providing advice to Star of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd in relation to the development of an offshore wind farm in Victoria.
  • Acting For Perdaman Chemicals And Fertilisers Pty Ltd in relation to all aspects of the development, financing, long-term gas supply and long-term offtake for the $4bn Urea Plant to be located on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.
  • Acting for FRV Services Australia Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of global developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures) in relation to the development and project financing of the Winton Solar Farm, a 98.8 MW solar project located in Victoria.
  • Advisor to John Holland Pty Ltd as AMFMS contractor in the Qonnect consortium’s bid for the Cross River Rail Project in Brisbane.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is highly regarded for aviation, mining, oil & gas, road, water and utilities, healthcare, university and real estate projects. The team oversees the full life-cycle of construction works from project bids and contract management through to disputes and adjudication. In Melbourne, Anthony Whelan heads the department which includes recently promoted partner David Cooper, an expert on project finance in the energy and renewables sector.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Whelan;

Other key lawyers:

Alex Hartmann; Sean Duffy; Leigh Duthie;

Key clients

Built Environs WA Pty Ltd


Keolis Downer

ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd


Cbus Property

Genex Power Limited

University of Technology Sydney

Monash University


Work highlights

  • Advised ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd in relation to all aspects of their involvement as proposed shipbuilders for the Department of Defence’s new A$4bn SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessels Program to design and construct 12 new vessels for the Australian Navy.
  • Advising Built Environs WA on the project delivery and subsequent litigation concerned with a large and complex dispute arising out of the T1 Perth Domestic and International Airport project.
  • Acting for British architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners LLP, as Lead Design Consultants for five Metro stations and Line-Wide Concepts for the A$9bn Melbourne Metro Tunnel and Tracks package.
  • Advising UTS on projects forming part of an A$1bn campus master plan.
  • Acted for the State of New South Wales (Department of Family and Community Services) as lead counsel in relation to an A$150m disability housing PPP project which forms part of a specialist disability accommodation program.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s team of ‘excellent lawyers’ provide both front-end and back-end expertise to domestic and international clients from industries such as transport, energy and resources and social infrastructure. Practice head John Gallagher operates from Melbourne and is noted for his ‘terrific experience’, particularly in relation to developing and re-engineering collaborative and relationship contracting models. Sydney-based José de Ponte is experienced in handling major PPP projects and recently made partner alongside Corey Steel. A number of external hires also added to the practice's numbers at partner level, Jonathan Stafford and Owen Hayford joined from Colin Biggers & Paisley and PWC, along with David Lyons and Tom Fotheringham from Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons respectively.  

Practice head(s):

John Gallagher;

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Webb; Richard Edwards; Kate Papailiou; Gitanjali Bajaj; José de Ponte;


‘The DLA Piper team works in a very integrated manner across different workstreams.’

‘Clear thinkers who listen to clients and communicate well’.

‘John Gallagher has terrific experience and brings it to the table. Not afraid to give full and frank advice’.

Key clients

Lindsay Australia Limited

Monero Constructions Australia Pty Ltd

Queensland Airports Limited

JetSuite Australia Pty Ltd

BoardGrove Architects Pty Ltd

Mrmarson Holdings Pty Ltd

Exclusive Removals Pty Ltd

Avanza Spain, S. A.

Historical Holdings Pty Ltd

Frontline Heavy Pty Ltd trading as Frontline Marine

Wood Group Kenny Australia Pty Ltd

Iron Matrix Pty Ltd

AECOM Government Services Australia Pty Ltd

Hindmarsh Construction Australia Pty Limited

Seaspan Corporation

Victorian Government – Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Transport for NSW

Essential Energy

Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd


Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Thales Australia Limited

Sacyr Environment Australia Pty Ltd

Vena Energy Services (Australia) Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Transport for NSW on The Regional Rail Project, a project to replace the entire New South Wales regional rail fleet.
  • Advised Essential Energy on the design and construction of the A$500m Murray to Broken Hill water pipeline for the supply of water from the Murray River to Broken Hill along a 270 kilometre pipeline.
  • Advising Thales Australia in relation to its bid for the Central Control System and Communications System subcontract for the delivery of Sydney Metro City & Southwest Project involving the design and  construction of an extension to the Sydney Metro System and the integration of the extension into the existing Sydney Metro System.
  • Advised Vena on their development of a 127 MW Solar Farm and 132/3Kv Substation at Tailem Bend.
  • Advising on all elements of the delivery of the Massey Student Accommodation project for Massey University’s Wellington campus.


Jointly headed by Andrew Pitney, Andrew Chapman and Simone Holding, the team at Maddocks has a focus on acting for public sector clients and is ‘very knowledgeable of trends across different government levels’. Residential, transport and infrastructure projects are key strengths with a number of high-profile private sector contracts also forming the client base. The team exercises its expertise across the full life cycle of projects and includes recently promoted partner Anna Scannell whose practice is concentrated on dispute resolution. Key names are spread across Melbourne and Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pitney; Andrew Chapman; Simone Holding;

Other key lawyers:

Mathew Stulic; Paul Woods; Alicia Sheridan;


Very knowledgeable about trends across the different levels of Government, which informs the client of the likely influences on our national projects.’

Andrew Chapman is very pragmatic and easy to work with. He has an excellent ability to break contracts down into easily digestible pieces so that contractors are clear on the standards the Commonwealth expects from them.’

Key clients

Local Government

State Government

Commonwealth Government



McConnell Dowell



St Vincent’s Hospital

Fulton Hogan

WHBO Infrastructure Pty Ltd


Poly Group

AV Jennings

ID Land



Work highlights

  • Advised LLBJH JV on downstream contracting arrangements on its successful bid for the A$11bn Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel project and, following financial close, advised on contracting arrangements during delivery phase of the Project.
  • Appointed to act on the Blue Mountains Route Clearance component of Transport for New South Wales’ New Intercity Fleet Project.
  • Advising NSW Department of Justice on numerous matters.
  • Advising on The Western Roads Upgrade, a project involving high priority road upgrades to eight arterial roads and a comprehensive 20-year maintenance program covering more than 260 kilometres of road.
  • Acting for Fulton Hogan on a dispute with its major subcontractor, Cockram Construction Ltd. The dispute relates to the design and construction of three carparks at Manly Vale, Narrabeen and Warriewood and associated works in connection with the Northern Beaches B-Line Program.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Hailed for its ‘strong market knowledge and experience in complicated projects’, Pinsent Masons LLP is engaged for the front end and back end of infrastructure and energy projects across many sectors including transport and social housing. Jeremy King, an expert in corporate, acquisition and structure finance, recently joined in Melbourne from Corrs Chambers Westgarth and heads the department together with Sydney-based Fraser McMillan. The practice was further bolstered by the promotion of Tom Heading to partner who has specific expertise in relation to disputes management and security of payment law.

Practice head(s):

Fraser McMillan; Jeremy King; Matthew Croagh; Adrienne Parker; Sadie Andrew;


‘Strong market knowledge and experience in complicated projects.  Strategic advice on negotiation and resolution outcomes.  Cost conscious and excellent reporting on estimates and costs.  Very responsive to calls, emails and requirements for meetings.’

‘Anthony Arrow and Bill Ryan provide strategic advice and become part of the project team.  They are both easy to deal with and communicate well with all levels of our organisation.’

Key clients

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA (CAF SA) and CAF Rail Australia Pty Ltd

Spotless Facility Services



Laing O’ Rourke

McConnell Dowell


John Holland


Ferrovial Agroman (Australia)

Work highlights

  • Advised Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA (CAF SA) and CAF Rail Australia Pty Ltd as part of the Momentum Trains consortium on its successful tender to deliver a new regional rail fleet.
  • Advised CAF Rail Australia Pty Ltd (CAF) (a subsidiary of CAF S.A) as part of the Great River City Light Rail consortium on its successful tender to supply light rail vehicles, operate the network and build the depot, the light rail stops and the power systems.
  • Advising Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) in its various roles, including in its capacity as part owner of the project vehicle, as EPC joint venture party and as other joint venture party with respect to Australia’s second waste to energy plant, the Rockingham Resource Recovery Project, located in Western Australia.
  • Advising the SkyWest JV on its bid for the design and construction of the Bulk Earthworks Package A of the Western Sydney Airport Bulk Earthworks and Airside Civil Works.
  • Continuing to advise Spotless as Facility Management Subcontractor on the operational phase of the $2.4bn New Royal Adelaide Hospital PPP.

Jones Day’s practice is headed by Brisbane-based John Cooper who comes highly recommended for energy and resources, infrastructure and building projects. The wider team is also knowledgeable of healthcare projects and advises on structuring and greenfield developments, disposals and related disputes. Annie Leeks was recently promoted to partner and is well versed in litigation and arbitration matters across a broad array of industries.

Practice head(s):

John Cooper;

Other key lawyers:

Paul Riethmuller; Steven Fleming; Stephen McComish; Annie Leeks


‘The team has deep market experience and has consistently performed well in  disputes work’.

‘Stephen McComish has an unrivalled knowledge of the market and deep experience in construction disputes. He is consistently able to think three moves ahead of his opposition and has an ability to reliably predict the course that disputes will take and the likely outcomes. A calm and steady voice under pressure.’

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

John Dee Pty Limited

Lend Lease Corporation Limited

Ococobre Limited

Monadelphous Group

Huntington Ingalls Industries Australia Pty Ltd

Alinta Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fluor Corporation in Supreme Court proceedings in Queensland in connection with a dispute involving claims brought by Santos in respect of a payment made by Santos under an EPC contract as well as allegations relating to Fluor’s performance under the contract.
  • Representing Lendlease in a major dispute involving the Barrangaroo Development Authority and Crown Casinos over the development of the Central Barrangaroo precinct.
  • Advised Orocobre in its role as joint venture partner of Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) on an Engineering Procurement Construction contract between TTC and Veolia for the construction of the Nahara Lithium Hydroxide Plant in Japan.
  • Acting for John Dee Pty Limited in relation to negotiations of a new cold storage facility in Warwick, Queensland. Partially funded by the Federal Government from the Building Better Regions Fund, the facility will streamline the production and handling of beef export.
  • Acted for Monadelphous in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia (and two adjudications) concerning the construction of the Fortescue River Gas Pipeline Project, being a 270km pipeline connecting the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to Fortescue Metal’s Solomon Hub mine.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP fields an ‘experienced, thorough and energetic team’, recommended for its ‘construction expertise’. It supports clients with planning and finance through to construction and long term operation and maintenance. Sydney-based David McElveney heads the department which includes the 'practical' and 'commercialGlen Wariwck who splits his time between Sydney and Perth and possesses experience in drafting and negotiating construction and mining contracts in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Project expertise encompasses infrastructure, transport, mining, energy and resources, commercial and residential developments.

Practice head(s):

David McElveney;

Other key lawyers:

Glen Warwick; Beth Cubitt; Kon Nakousis; Tom Webb;


‘Construction and insurance expertise’.

‘David MacElveney is recommended’.

‘Experienced, thorough and energetic team belying its youthfulness.’

‘Glen Warwick  has seized all possible experiences giving him a very wide base knowledge. Genuinely enjoys working with clients and thinks outside the square when it comes to case approach and billing flexibility.’

‘The team really understands the needs of an in-house legal team and is prepared to adapt to deliver on the needs of their clients.’

‘Glen Warwick is always available and willing to explore practical and commercial approaches that get matters resolved.’

Key clients

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Limited


Work highlights

  • Acting for Sun Property Group in relation to the Ashton Project, a development of multi-storey high-end residential apartments in Mosman, a harbour side suburb of Sydney.
  • Advising Laing O’Rourke, a major global contractor with a significant presence in Australia, that regularly bids on high profile infrastructure projects across Australia.

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Clients recommend Colin Biggers & Paisley for its ‘quality of advice’ and ‘willingness to think outside the box’. Sydney-based Brad Kermond heads the practice which is instructed by government, public sector, property developer, contractor, engineer and architect clients for front end, back end, advisory and day-to-day work. The workload includes disputes, transactions and compliance matters which fall within the infrastructure, mining, energy, resources, health, aged care, education, defence, commercial, industrial and residential sectors. Jonathan Stafford departed to join DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Brad Kermond;

Other key lawyers:

James Neal; Julian Mellick;


‘ Recommended for the quality of advice; attention to detail and a willingness to think outside the box.’

‘Julian Mellick is exceptionally capable and always pleasant to deal with, and he makes himself available on short notice wherever possible.’

Key clients

PTW Architects

NSW Government / Transport for NSW

Government of Papua New Guinea

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction

John Holland

Richard Crookes Construction

Downer EDI

Gekko Systems Pty Ltd


Sekisui House

Tzannes Associates


ASN Cement


Work highlights

  • Acting for PTW Architects in the NSW Supreme Court proceedings pertaining  to the Pacific Bondi Project, an award winning adaptive re-use of the existing Swiss Grand Hotel.  
  • Acted for Tzannes in their successful engagement on the part of the Sydney Metro Project.
  • Acting for Gekko in NSW Supreme Court proceedings in connection with a significant claim brought by Hera Resources Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of an ASX-listed company).
  • Acted for Laing O’Rourke in relation to numerous large variation, delay and disruption claims brought by it in relation to the new $70m transport interchange project at Wickham, Newcastle.
  • Advising GDH Pty in relation to the North West Rail Link project which has a project value of $8.3bn.

Gadens Lawyers

Michael Bampton  and Jim Demack head the practice at Gadens Lawyers  which is notable for its expertise in major urban and retail developments. Daniel Middleton recently joined from Baker McKenzie and arrives with experience in the drafting and negotiation of contract for the design, construction and procurement of infrastructure, energy and major building projects. Additional areas of expertise include the transport, resources and industrial sectors together with related disputes. Key names are split between Melbourne and Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bampton; Jim Demack;

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Denehy;

Key clients

Gold Coast City Council

Logan City Council

Queensland State Government

Rockhampton City Council

Redland City Council

Work highlights

  • Acting in relation to Cbus Property’s redevelopment of the site located at 447 Collins Street, Melbourne, known as Collins Arch.
  • Advising Blacktown Council in relation to the redevelopment of the city precinct which involves a number of significant infrastructure projects that are designed to enhance the City precinct.
  • Acting for Australian Unity in relation to a dispute arising over a significant industrial property with an ASX listed top 50 client as the other party.
  • Advising Monash University in relation to the development of the Victorian Heart Hospital within Monash University’s Clayton Campus, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and Monash Health.
  • Engaged to advise Carlton Football Club in relation to the redevelopment of the Ikon Park football stadium, which is the home of the recently launched “AFLW” women’s football league.

HWL Ebsworth

Lawyers at HWL Ebsworth are ‘very personal with a dedicated approach’ and operate across a range of sectors including aged care, health, mining and resources, renewable energy, public and private infrastructure, rail, roads, water and telecommunications. Brisbane-based Ross Williams handles both front-end and back-end matters and is particularly experienced in handling project structuring, tender strategies, joint ventures and PPPs. The arrivals of Marko Misko and Trevor Thomas, both from Clayton Utz, have added to the department’s depth at partner level.

Practice head(s):

Ross Williams;

Other key lawyers:

Jane Wild; Paul Deschamps; Ross Williams; David Jury; Simon Walsh;


‘Practitioners in this firm have a very personal, dedicated approach. They have always made me feel like their most important client.’

‘Jane Wild is knowledgeable, expert and her customer service is exceptional. Her advice was sensible, expert and tailored to our needs. Her manner in working with all stakeholders was professional, human and clear.’

Key clients




John Holland



Transport for NSW

Department of Defence

Roads and Maritime Services

Department of Education

Ministry of Health

Department of Infrastructure

Sydney Motorway Corporation/WestConnex

Hutchinson Builders

Work highlights

  • Providing project start up and licencing advice to Gildemeister in relation to negotiation of EPC and O&M contracts for a number of solar farms in Queensland.
  • Represented M-City Developments Pty Ltd in its circa A$370m construction contract for the M-City multi-purpose development.
  • Represented OneSteel in the negotiation of an Engineering, Design, Supply and Supervision of Installation and Testing Contract for a steel rolling mill.
  • Represented Power and Water Corporation on the Solar SETuP Program to install solar power stations in 25 remote communities.
  • consultant procurement and engagement of the head contractor for the design and construction of Dexus’ flagship health project, North Shore Health Hub.

Jackson McDonald

From its base in Perth, Jackson McDonald represents a roster of domestic and international clients on the full spread of front-end and contentious issues. Basil Georgiou, a specialist in energy construction and government infrastructure, is the practice head and oversees a team which is also particularly well regarded for education projects. Principals, developers, contractors, consultants and subcontractors form the client base with additional sectors of expertise including oil and gas, mining and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Basil Georgiou;

Other key lawyers:

Isla McRobbie; Anthony Bereyne; Tom Jacobs;

Key clients

Karara Mining Ltd

Advance Formwork Pty Ltd

Schneider Electric Buildings Australia Pty Ltd

Foundation Housing

City of Fremantle

St Ives Retirement Village

Housing Authority

City of Melville

Melchor Pty Ltd

Maintenance and Construction Services Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Karara in a Supreme Court dispute brought by a contractor claiming additional costs as a result of alleged changes to the scope of work it was required to undertake in constructing a water pipeline for the Karara mine.
  • Assisted the City of Fremantle on all necessary construction documentation in relation to a recent re-development.
  • Assisted SEBA in connection with complex contractual disputes relating to delays, defects and variations on the A$1.2bn Perth Children’s Hospital.
  • Assisted St Ives on their most recent village project (Carine), advising on contract terms and negotiations.
  • Successful in defending defended Karara in a Supreme Court dispute against a claim brought by a construction contractor regarding works at the Karara iron ore mine.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson is particularly active in the public, community and urban renewal areas. It also handles mandates in the natural resources and energy sectors representing a range of Australian corporates, international entities and state government departments. Michael Rochester, an expert on mining infrastructure projects, heads the department from Brisbane and is reputed for his expertise in project delivery and risk management. The back-end construction team operates across the entirety of Australia in courts, tribunals and alternative resolution forums.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rochester

Other key lawyers:

Matt Bradbury; Russell Thirgood


‘Excellent advice, always available.’


Key clients




CS Energy


Mitsubishi Development

New South Wales State Government

Queensland Government

A range of local governments



Seymour White

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

University of the Sunshine Coast

Work highlights

  • Represented Adani in the successful arbitration process with John Holland Pty Ltd relating to the expansion of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal in north Queensland and involving $300m.
  • Advising on all aspects of the $200m Darwin City Council’s City Deal, a joint initiative between the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government (NTG) and City of Darwin Council to deliver a 10-year plan for the Darwin City Centre.
  • Advising Water NSW, as owner and operator of the Warragamba Dam, on all aspects for the delivery of the $600m  Warragamba Dam Upgrade.
  • Advising James Cook University on the funding and development of its A$100m Technology Innovation Complex.
  • Advised Marubeni Infrastructure in respect of its equity stake on the Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project.

Mills Oakley

At Mills Oakley, the team’s core strengths lie in the commercial, retail, industrial, residential, aged care, infrastructure and engineering sectors as it delivers expertise in the construction process, risk allocation, contract administration and dispute resolution. Andrew Wallis is focused on the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts, as does Scott Laycock who also excels on procurement matters. The duo head the group from Sydney alongside Brisbane-based Greg Richards who is frequently instructed for dispute resolution and security of payment issues.

Practice head(s):

Scott Laycock; Andrew Wallis; Greg Richards;

Other key lawyers:

Rechelle Brost; Scott Higgins;


‘A strong, grounded results-driven team with a wealth of experience.’

‘Scott Laycock has been a leading construction lawyer in Sydney for many years, working for a broad range of principals and contractors, both on front end and back end matters, building a loyal following.’

‘Scott Higgins has delivered some stunning results’.

‘Great customer service and an absolute focus on achieving the best outcome for their clients.’

Key clients


Coca-Cola Amatil


151 Property

Investa Property Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Arup in $300m litigation by McConnell Dowell against Cardo (Qld) and Arup.
  • Advised Hutchinson Builders in relation to the $2bn Destination Gold Coast project.
  • Representing Winten in its $1bn development of the Denison commercial office North Sydney.
  • Advising AVEO on the Administration of Strongbuild Commercial Pty Ltd.
  • Representing ILC Commercial Pty Ltd on its $50m ‘The Mill’ project.

Piper Alderman

Noted for its ‘extensive knowledge of all areas of construction law’, Piper Alderman advises a range of stakeholders and is particularly geared towards the representation of contractors. Martin Lovell heads this and the projects teams and includes project finance among his expertise. Melbourne-based  Geoff Emmett has a ‘mind capable of working from many angles’ and is typically instructed for construction management, PPP and guaranteed maximum price contracts. Projects span the road, rail, water, energy, building, heath and manufacturing sectors, among others. Margot King is a new partner level arrival from Walker Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lovell

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Emmett; Ted Williams


‘The team includes lawyers who have worked within industry and therefore have a unique insight into the issues facing their clients.’

‘The Piper Alderman team are unique through their genuine care for their clients and desire to provide the best possible advice whilst building relationships which extend beyond the daily professional interactions.’

‘Piper Alderman are outcome driven not task driven.’

‘Geoff Emmett has mind a capable of working from many angles. He depth of understanding of the law, for all its strengths and weakness is impressive.’

‘Fees charges are fair and reasonable.’

‘Great commercial knowledge, fast response’.


Key clients

Alfa Laval Australia Pty Limited

Anitua Limited

Aurumstone Pty Ltd

Australian Naval Infrastructure

BOC Limited

Boral Limited

Brisbane Airport Corporation Limited

Broadspectrum (Australia) Pty Limited

Charter Hall Group

Colas Australia Group Pty Ltd

Construction Engineering (Aust.) Pty Ltd

Coopers Brewery Limited

CV Services Group Pty Ltd

DB Group Global Pty Ltd

Deague Group Holdings Pty Ltd

Dufry (formerly The Nuance Group Pty Ltd)

ElectraNet Pty Ltd

Harris HMC Construction Pty Ltd

Icon Group

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

Mainteck Services Pty Ltd

Master Builders Association of NSW

Melbourne Steel Erectors Pty Ltd

Nilsen (Qld/SA/WA) Pty. Ltd.

Penfold Property Group

Rocke Brothers Pty Ltd

Shamrock Civil Engineering Pty Ltd

Skyworks NSW Pty Ltd

Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd

Watpac Construction Pty Limited

WPG Resources Ltd

Work highlights

  • Currently advising ElectraNet in relation to the SA-NSW Interconnector Project known as Project EnergyConnect.
  • Advising contractor Watpac on delivery of $340m new Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service, the first stage of a $1.1bn urban precinct redevelopment.
  • Advising ElectraNet on the $180m design & construct contract with CIMIC and Prominent Hill Transmission Connection Agreement with OZ Minerals.
  • Acting for Deague Group in respect of design and construction of 109 Moray Street.
  • Acting for Avic Group on the design and construction of residential development at Cowper St, Footscray.

Squire Patton Boggs

Key expertise for Squire Patton Boggs includes projects in the resources and energy sectors, international and domestic arbitration and large-scale government projects involving urban renewal. The front-end offering is tailored towards mining and energy and negotiating the full suite of contracting arrangement while back-end work extends to negotiations, mediation and security of payment adjudications. Greg Steinepreis is a key name to note and the practice is also active in the hotel and leisure, engineering and infrastructure sectors. Avendra K Singh moved to Johnson Winter & Slattery in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Greg Steinepreis

Other key lawyers:

Cris Cureton


‘Partner availability, involvement and accessibility is exceptionally good.’

‘A unique combination of attention to and knowledge of the details and a sharp awareness of the big picture and the capacity to focus on what really matters’.

Key clients

Brookfield Property Group

Department of Infrastructure NT

Far East Consortium

Tennis Australia

Laing O’Rourke

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

MSP Engineering

Subsea 7

TransAlta Energy

KBR (Kellogg Brown & Root)

Work highlights

  • Advising Hong Kong conglomerate, Far East Consortium on its Ritz Carlton development at Elizabeth Quay in Perth.
  • Acting for Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority in relation to the Perth City Link project.
  • Advising on both front and back-end construction work for MSP Engineering which is designing and building lithium ore processing facilities at Kwinana and lithium mine processing facilities at Greenbushes in Western Australia.
  • Acting for Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd in relation to The Ichthys LNG Project, a major green field construction project that aims to deliver offshore natural gas from the Ichthys Field, located 220 kilometres offshore to onshore proceeding facilities in Darwin, with a total cost in excess of A$45bn.
  • Acted for KBR in relation to Supreme Court of New South Wales proceedings commenced by subsidiaries of Downer EDI Ltd and a related arbitration commenced by John Holland Pty Ltd.

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Arnold Bloch Leibler’s team possesses ‘extensive knowledge of construction legal services’ and ‘provides outstanding customer service’. Melbourne-based Kevin Frawley enjoys a ‘very good reputation in the construction field’ and oversees a team which provides a one-stop-shop offering, covering acquisition, financing, development, sales and leasing. The residential apartment market is a core focus for the group, as are commercial and retail projects, with key types of work including risk management, construction agreement drafting, project management, title structuring and consultancy agreements.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Frawley;

Other key lawyers:

Michael Repse;


‘ABL has extensive knowledge in construction legal services’.

‘Kevin Frawley has very good reputation in the construction area’.

‘Their team have an ability to succinctly understand complex matters and provide effective and efficient advice.  They readily accommodate meetings requested at short notice.  Their professional development ensures industry depth and breadth of knowledge.’


Key clients

Century Group Australia

Mt Atkinson Holdings

3L Alliance

SP Setia BHD Group

Golden Age Group


Golden Age and Hannas The Rocks Pty Ltd

Fajarbaru-Beulah (Melbourne) Pty Ltd

JD Group


Growland Group

OSK Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Melbourne-based developer Century Group Australia in relation to the design and construction agreements for the $800m apartment and hotel complex located on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River.
  • Acted for the partners of Mt Atkinson Holdings in relation to the sale and joint venture development with Stockland Development of the 260 hectare industrial, logistics and business park in Mt Atkinson.
  • Acted for 3L Alliance in relation to construction agreements for Stage 1 of its Queens Place development in Melbourne.
  • Acted for Malaysian developer SP Setia BHD Group in relation to construction agreements for their project Sapphire by the Gardens.
  • Acting for Golden Age in relation to the design and construction agreements for ‘The Glen’ residences on Springvale Road in Glen Waverley.

Blackstone Waterhouse Lawyers

Specialist firm Blackstone Waterhouse Lawyers is engaged by national and overseas developers and head contractors to act on planning and environment, project finance and delivery, real estate, litigation and arbitration matters, among others. Based in Sydney, Veno Panicker heads the practice which has a specific focus on private sector clients and demonstrates a proven track record in residential, commercial, industrial, defence, solar and infrastructure projects. Panicker works closely with managing partner Danny Arraj whose focus is real estate.

Practice head(s):

Veno Panicker; Danny Arraj


‘Dedicated team, prompt attendance and experience’.


Key clients

Toplace Group

First Solar

Billbergia Group

Australian AirConditioning & Mechanical Services Group

DeiCorp Group

Landria Construction

CWP Renewables

Collaborative Construction Solutions

Cordell Constructions

Mars Property Group

Consolidated Contracting Company

Building Innovations Australia

Enirgi Power Storage

Freedom Energy

YTO Construction

Work highlights

  • Acted for Toplace Group in the negotiation of a project delivery agreement for a public private project with Parramatta Council involving 725 apartments and a major public car park (which had been acquired by Toplace from Council).
  • Represented North Walker Property Pty Ltd in respect of its development and off the plan sale of a hotel to a Singaporean entity on a turn-key basis.
  • Defending Toplace Group, the builder, in proceedings broad for major residential defects (Supreme Court of New South Wales).
  • Acted for YTO Construction in respect of  a building project in Ashfield, New South Wales and the negotiated resolution of claims with the Developer.
  • Acting for Direct Freight in negotiation of a design and construction contract for their new national distribution centre.

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox is engaged for the full array of front and back-end matters, with particular focus directed toward public sector, hospital, aged care, transportation, energy, resources, commercial and residential projects. Melbourne-based John O’Kane serves as practice head and provides expertise in development, consultancy, project delivery and joint venture agreements, among other areas. Partner Mark Richards has also also carved out a reputation in the social infrastructure sector.

Practice head(s):

John O’Kane;

Other key lawyers:

Mark Dessi; Katrina Reye; Mark Richards; Paul O’Donnell;


‘Effective communication. Concise and to the point.’

Key clients

Northwest Healthcare

Logis/McLaren Group

Corio Bay Dairy Group

Gaythorne Pty Ltd

Impact Investment Group

Kennett family

AusNet Services

Australian Pipeline Trust (APA Group)

Victorian Pride Centre

Andritz Hydro GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acting for Northwest Healthcare on the design and running of the tender process for the engagement of a construction contractor to undertake the design and construction of Epworth Eastern Hospital.
  • Acting for Logis and McLaren Group on the construction of two industrial estates in South East Melbourne.
  • Acting for Corio Bay Dairy Group in relation to the development of an organic milk spray drying facility in Geelong, Victoria.
  • Acting for Gaythorne in relation to a number of disputes associated with the ‘St. A’ development, which is a new residential estate in St Albans.
  • Acting for Impact Investment Group in relation to real estate, front-end and back-end construction matters Australia wide.


HFW’s team is praised for its ‘personal attention, creativity and lateral thinking’. In Sydney, Carolyn Chudleigh heads the department which is reputed for its handling of high-value construction disputes and transactional work. Significant cross-border work is a keystone of the practice with Chinese, Singaporean and other Asian clients forming the client roster. The workload includes projects in industries such as power, healthcare, infrastructure, mining, rail, oil and gas, hotels and residential.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Chudleigh;

Other key lawyers:

Nick Longley; Nick Watts; Matthew Blycha; Ian Gordon;


‘The HFW construction team provides a critical balance between being commercial and legal issues to facilitate completion of matters’.

‘Commercially astute, fee conscious, not afraid to make a call.’

Key clients

Alstom Transport Australia Pty Limited

AECOM Services Pty Ltd

PT Sarana Multi Infrastruksur (PT SMI)

Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd

Qube Holdings Limited

Korean EPC Contractor

Australian Amalgamated Terminals Pty Ltd

AMCA (Australian Mechanical Contractors’ Association)

ASX-listed engineering house

Work highlights

  • Representing AECOM in multiple and multi-party proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales arising from defects discovered in the design, construction and materials used in the beleaguered Lane Cove Tunnel project, an A$1.1bn 3.6 km twin-tunnel toll way in Sydney.
  • Representing Alstom in large-scale construction disputes related to the A$3bn Sydney Light Rail PPP project.
  • Advised Australian Amalgamated Terminals Pty Ltd  on a design and construct contract with Q Design & Construct Pty Ltd for the new administration building and related civil works for its terminal at Port Kembla.
  • Advised the AMCA on its submissions to the Murray Inquiry, an Australia-wide inquiry into potential national reforms of security of payment laws and practices in the Australian building and construction industry.
  • Defended an ASX-listed engineering house against claims brought by a plant owner in connection with the EPC contracts for a hydrochloride gas plant.

K&L Gates

Sandra Steele’s practice at K&L Gates provides a full service offering, acting at all stages of the lifecycle of infrastructure projects including planning, tendering, contract award, construction and operation. Both public and private sector clients routinely instruct the firm including sponsors, contractors, consultants, lenders and government. Steele is recommended for her 'practical advice' and is based in Sydney alongside the 'vastly experiencedSimon Ashworth. His recent arrival from Corrs Chambers Westgarth bolsters the group’s expertise of energy and government infrastructure projects, particularly in relation to procurement strategy and contract negation and drafting.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele;

Other key lawyers:

Simon Ashworth;


‘Sandra Steele offers practical advice, which comes from her strong work history.’

‘Simon Ashworth is able to bring his vast experience to provide pragmatic solutions to legal issues.  Simon makes great efforts to understand his client’s businesses and as such can tailor solutions to the business context.’

Key clients

ABB Australia Pty Limited

Downer EDI Pty Ltd

Fletcher Construction


Icon Constructions Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd

Illawarra Retirement Trust

Loreto Kirribilli Limited

Opal Aged Care

Serco Australia Pty Limited

Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd


Work highlights

  • Represented Seymour Whyte Constructions on an appeal relating to proceedings concerning a claim for a substantial payment under a Works Contract between the client (as Contractor) and Ostwald Bros Pty Ltd (in liquidation; as Subcontractor).
  • Serving as the lead transaction advisor for Bridge Housing in its role leading a consortium of banks and developers on its bid for the SAHF2.
  • Advised a JV on its bid to operate and maintain the Sydney Ferries fleet, including the maintenance of the ferry depot and the procurement of new vessels.

Lander & Rogers

Lander & Rogers’ team is well versed in projects in sectors such as retail and supply chain, government, and engineering. It provides both a front-end and dispute resolution offering and is jointly headed by Melbourne-based duo Michael Loterzo and Greg McKenzie along with Charles Thornley who operates from Sydney. Key expertise is held in relation to tender reviews, contractual disputes and professional negligence claims, among other areas. Thornley represents a number of insurers and has niche expertise in combustible cladding claims.

Practice head(s):

Michael Loterzo; Charles Thornley; Greg McKenzie;

Key clients




MAB Corporation

Department of Defence

Crema Constructions Pty Ltd

Ouson Pty Ltd

Qube Property Management Services Pty Ltd

ADCO Constructions (VIC)

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

XL Catlin

Liberty International Underwriters

QBE European Operations


FM Global

Focus Underwriting

Bunnings Group Limited



NEC Australia

AIG Australia Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising WITRON Logistik + Informatik on its development and supply to Coles Group of two automated distribution centres.
  • Acted for Bunnings in preparing a range of construction contracts and associated documentation for new and existing warehouses as well as solar upgrades.
  • Prepared the demolition contract and will prepare early works and head contracts for SC Capital for the design and construction of the 4 – 6 Bligh Street tower.
  • Acting for ADCO on a range of construction projects in the education and health sector in Victoria, ACT and SA.
  • Acted for Terregra Renewables in documenting the construction of two Solar Farms.

Moray & Agnew

The construction team at Moray & Agnew provides its clients with extensive experience in alternative energy, education, utilities and tier one tower development projects. In Newcastle, Sean O’Sullivan advises on the full range of related claims and disputes including security of payment, arbitration, delay costs and time extension matters. He heads the department alongside Melbourne-based Bill Papastergiadis who demonstrates a proven track record in representing government clients.

Practice head(s):

Sean O’Sullivan; Bill Papastergiadis;

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Vassiliadis; Nathan Cutts; Joel Sturgeon;


‘Responsive, pragmatic, commercial,  and true expertise’.

‘Technical expertise balanced with pragmatic commercial drafting and solutions.’

‘Joel Sturgeon is excellent to work with. His technical skills are impressive, but more than that, Joel provides pragmatic and commercially balanced advice’.

Key clients

ACA Cladding

Anglican Care

Balmain & Co

Biosar Australia

Bridon Bekaert

CBRE Group

CEL Australia

City of Melbourne

Cotton Seed Distributors

Cushman & Wakefield

Department of Defence

Element Five

Essendon Fields

Far East Consortium

GH Varley

Hanson Precast

Haslin Constructions

Hunter H20

Hunter Water Corporation

JK Williams Contracting

Kingston Building (Australia)

Lahey Constructions

NSW local councils including Newcastle City Council, Central Coast Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Maitland Shire Council, Kempsey Shire Council and Muswellbrook Shire Council

MAB Corporation

Mahercorp Pty Ltd

Metricon Homes

Milemaker Petroleum

Oakleigh One

Orange Building Solutions

Pomeroy Pacific

Prime Equity Group


Simonds Homes

Spiire Australia

Stamoulis Property Group

Sun Corporation


Tomago Aluminium

Toyota Tsusho (Australasia)

TRN Group

University of Newcastle

VCON Pty Ltd


Victorian Managed Insurance Authority

Walker Corporation

Whittens Group

ZYTT Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Far East Consortium in the construction and development of West Side Place precinct, Victoria, a residential development, with four towers joined by interconnected podium levels in Melbourne’s CBD.
  • Acted for Biosar, one of the largest process engineering contractors operating in Australia, in the construction of eight solar farm projects with an aggregate value in excess of A$1bn.
  • Successfully acted for CEL Australia in major litigation involving multiple proceedings in the Victorian Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and in respect of special leave to the High Court of Australia in a complex, multimillion dollar protection works matter.
  • Advised long-standing client the University of Newcastle on numerous high- value construction projects, including the Honeysuckle City Campus, Innovation Hub and Bioresources Facility.
  • Advised Anglican Care on the staged construction of a large registered aged care facility in Gloucester, NSW.

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer handles work for contractors and principals, both  advisory; contract preparation and tender matters though to arbitration and litigation. Major infrastructure projects such as water treatment plants, ports, airports and roads are a key areas for the group, as is work in the hospitality space. Brisbane-based Andrew Kelly heads the practice which holds notable expertise in relation to adjudication under the security of payment legislation.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Kelly;

Other key lawyers:

Adam Wallwork; Tony Saint; Josh Marchant;


‘Good value for money and well resourced team. Andrew Kelly is a no nonsense, stand out, national disputes lawyer.’

Work highlights

  • Acted as the external legal advisor to CPB Downer EDI JV on the tender and negotiation of the design and construction contract for the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 Infrastructure Works.
  • Advice in relation to the procurement process, tender and Construction Management Agreement for the Adelaide Airport Terminal Expansion Project.
  • Advice to the Urban Renewal Authority in relation to the proposed redevelopment of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital, now known as Lot Fourteen.
  • Assisted Lendlease Engineering with their role in the Qonnect bid for the Tunnel, Stations and Development  PPP contract concerning the Brisbane Cross River Rail Project.
  • Represented Civil Mining & Construction in claims against Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal and subsequently in counterclaims made by WICET in relation to the development of Queensland’s Wiggins Island coal export terminal.