Construction in Australia

Ashurst

Ashurst provides clients with comprehensive advice during major real estate projects, with a particular focus on energy, infrastructure, natural resources, transport and telecommunications. The firm is also well-equipped to handle construction litigation, relating to infrastructure projects, commercial and residential developments. Melbourne based partner Grant Rowlands stands out for his expertise in major public sector-led projects such as advising the Department of Defence on the construction of a number of facilities across Australia. Sydney partner Georgia Quick specialises in complex construction disputes and arbitration proceedings while Gareth Sage, who is also based in Sydney, is advising Transport for NSW on several major projects, including the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link programme. Ben Kipic (counsel) is part of the teams handling a number of complex public transport construction projects and Bree Miechel joined from Reed Smith LLP in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

Grant Rowlands; Gareth Sage; Georgia Quick

Other key lawyers:

Ben Kipic; David Jardine; Olivia Lau; Krista Payne; Bree Miechel

Testimonials

‘Excellent industry experience and knowledge. Always flexible, motivated and highly responsible. Commercial approach with good understanding of government requirements for infrastructure project delivery.’ 

‘I have worked with most of the partners and many of the senior team within this firm. I’m always impressed with substantive depth of this team – particularly its partners. Their technical skills and those of the senior lawyers is undoubtedly exceptional. Their advice and communications are commercial and client-orientated – and never esoteric like some of their competitors.

‘Ashurst are budget conscious and regularly send updates as to how the matter is tracking against the budget – there are no nasty surprises on the billings front. The Ashurst team make my job easier. They are a pleasure to work with. I couldn’t rate them highly enough.’

‘Angus Foley is the lead infrastructure partner. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the industry and adept at overlaying this knowledge so that legal advice as imparted is strategic and given in a commercial context. Although he is clearly very busy, he always makes himself available when needed.’

‘Krista Payne imparts a resolute calmness in the midst of high-stakes transactions that means that we, as clients, feel the she is on top of things no matter how complex. Her sharp intellect reassures us that we have one of the best legal minds in our corner. Despite this her unassuming manner means she’s a pleasure to work with.’

‘Bree Miechel is relatively new to the Ashurst partnership, but already she has built a reputation for being smart, hard-working, solution-orientated and focused on meeting deadlines.’

‘Gareth Sage has a strong reputation in the Australian market as an expert in construction. He is technically brilliant, leads a good team and is easy to work with. He knows how to add value. What more could a client ask from from its lawyer.’

Key clients

Sydney Metro

General Electric

Keolis Downer

Transport for NSW

State Solicitor’s Office (WA)

WSA Co Limited

Santos Limited

Department of Defence

University of Melbourne

Transdev Australasia

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Edify Energy

Endeavour Energy

WaterNSW

Parramatta City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising GE on Murra Warra 2 and the Bango Wind Farm projects.
  • Advising WSA on the procurement of the A$5.3bn Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport due to be completed by 2026.
  • Advising Sydney Metro on an ongoing basis on all aspects of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz is equally well versed in public and private sector developments, touching on every major industry, including telecommunications, aviation and energy. Its expertise in transport projects is particularly outstanding, illustrated by the team’s involvement in North East Link, West Gate Tunnel.Brisbane partner Sergio Capelli has a formidable track record in construction and infrastructure projects. Currently, he is advising Australian Rail Track Corporate on the $15bn Inland Rail project. Frank Bannon, who is based in Sydney, is a true expert in construction litigation and arbitration proceedings arising during the course of major developments. In Melbourne, Joanna Pugsley is a key partner, with an excellent knowledge of PPPs and social infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Capelli

Other key lawyers:

Frank Bannon; Joanna Pugsley

Testimonials

‘Industry leading and senior partner experience in Sergio Capelli and Frank Bannon, both of whom contribute strategically but also very directly when required in order to move or resolve matters quickly. This deployment of experienced, strategic input with knowledge of the detail is a significant lever in productivity and speed.’

‘Ability to meet full-service requirements throughout our project life cycle and consistently retain an outcome focus and distil what we are trying to achieve into services and advice that keeps us on track in meeting our objectives.’

Experience, prompt advice, excellent commercial noes and reasonable charging.’

‘International Arbitration expertise, practical commercial and legal advice, prompt responses, proactive and excellent communication.’

‘Ability to meet full service requirements throughout our project life cycle and consistently retain an outcome focus and distil what we are trying to achieve into services and advice that keeps us on track in meeting our objectives.’

‘Technically first class but also willing to go above and beyond to ensure we receive service and advice that keep our construction projects moving under aggressive timeframes. Our Lead relationship partner Andy Fry from the Melbourne construction practice has been exceptional in relationship management, quality of service and supporting our organisation achieve its objectives, well supported by a strong team of senior and junior lawyers.’

‘Industry leading senior partner experience in Sergio Capelli and Frank Bannon who contribute strategically but also very directly when required in order to move or resolve matters quickly. This deployment of experienced strategic input with knowledge of the detail is a significant lever in productivity, speed, and reduced costs.’

Key clients

Australian Rail Track Corporation

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Major Transport Infrastructure Authority – North East Link Project

Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV)

Transport for NSW

Sydney Metro

Brisbane City Council

WSA Co Limited

Queensland Government – Treasury Commercial Group/Department of Transport and Main Roads

Sydney Water

Sydney Trains

WaterNSW

Fortescue Mining Group

Hydro Tasmania

Moorebank Intermodal Company

Stockland

Boeing Australia

Han’s Group

Dahua Group

Coombes Property Group

Hammondcare

PNG Ports Corporation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising ARTC on Inland Rail, a new 1700km freight line, which will complete the spine of the national freight rail network.
  • Advised MRPV on its ‘Program Delivery Approach’ (PDA) for the design and construction of major road projects in Victoria.
  • Advising Major Projects Canberra on all aspects of the procurement and delivery of the Canberra Hospital Expansion.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

With a notable focus on the transport, energy, natural resources and public sectors, Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a strong track record in contentious and non-contentious mandates. The firm is currently advising multiple sponsors and contractors on bids and construction activity regarding the Sydney Metro project. Andrew Stephenson  leads the firm’s practice from Melbourne, specialising in contractual risk allocation, dispute resolution and inbound and outbound investment transactions. Deputy head of projects Matthew Muir focus on commercial litigation arising during the life-span of energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects. Chris Ryder is another key name to note, with a strong contentious and transactional practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stephenson; Matthew Muir

Other key lawyers:

Chris Ryder

Testimonials

‘Terrific client engagement, sound knowledge and experience in the relevant subject matter.’

‘Chris Ryder is exemplary; the best of the best. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chris on a complicated dispute. It has had his full attention and he has maintained a working knowledge of the intimate details of the case. He has, at all times, been strategic and a trusted sounding board, and he has worked with our broader business in a way that demonstrates to me that he is sensitive to our management and business priorities. He has had numerous and ongoing conversations with the lawyers in our business about resourcing and costs and has continually worked with us to pursue the right balance of external legal spend and inhouse work.’

‘The team has experienced partners who are hands on and provide valuable input, as well as manage a group of highly talented lawyers in an effective and efficient manner.’

‘They are the construction experts. I have not met a single Corrs construction partner with whom I do not feel I am in a ‘safe pair of hands’. In addition, the lawyers with whom I’ve worked are strategic, commercial, emotionally intelligent and excellent at building and maintaining strong relationships with their clients.’

‘Very large team with many excellent partners, a deep bench of terrific senior associates, and high quality juniors. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better construction team in the country.’

‘Corrs’ construction practice has built up an excellent understanding of our business through providing practical and pragmatic solutions for our projects over many years.’

‘Good working relationship and accessible even outside of work.’

‘Their strength is their highly skilled and incredibly responsive team. The team’s availability, extensive knowledge and outcome-focused approach gives us great confidence. In fact, it has been integral to us achieving great project outcomes. You expect technical expertise from your panel of lawyers, but on a major fast-paced construction project, you need incredible responsiveness, sometimes at a moments’ notice. That is the difference; excellence and responsiveness make them the “go to” construction law firm.’

Key clients

Bombardier/Alstom

DIF Capital Partners

Queensland Government

Victorian Government

CIMIC Group

John Holland Pty Ltd

Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited

Acciona Construction Australia Ltd.

Santos

UGL Limited

CPB Contractors

Downer Engineering

Pacific Partnerships

Ghella

Opal Australia

St George Community Housing

Inpex

Woodside Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for CH2M Hill as one of three respondents in Western Australian Supreme Court proceedings brought by JKC in relation to the construction of the power station for Inpex’s Ichthys Project.
  • Advising multiple sponsors and contractors (including John Holland, CPB and Ghella, plus Grocon and Oxford Properties) in relation to bids and construction activity concerning key tunnelling, excavation and over-station works in the mammoth Sydney Metro project.
  • Advising QIC, a Queensland state government owned investment corporation, on project conception, construction and delivery of new build and refurbishment works for retail shopping centres and commercial buildings in Australia, including an AUD600m mixed‑use commercial and hotel development at 80 Collins Street in Melbourne CBD.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is particularly well-regarded for its expertise in risk allocation, which complements its broader offering in frontend and backend construction law. Peter Pether has amassed huge strength in construction, engineering, natural resources and infrastructure disputes relating to major projects across Australia. In an ongoing matter, he is acting for Transport for NSW in its ongoing disputes with other parties involved in the Sydney Light Rail Project. Scott Budd specialises in all stages of major public and private sector projects, encompassing risk analysis, project structuring, tender and bidding processes. Hamish Macpherson has an impressive track record in infrastructure disputes, in which he acts for all relevant parties, including contractors, government bodies and corporations. Julianna Jorissen is another core team member with a focus on disputes relating to oil and gas projects, major commercial and residential developments. The team can also call on senior consultant, James Forrest for his extensive construction expertise, while in Brisbane, Scott Watson handles construction litigation and related insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter Pether; Scott Budd

Other key lawyers:

Hamish Macpherson; Julianna Jorissen; James Forrest; Scott Watson

Testimonials

‘A formidable combination of legal acumen, strategic ingenuity and an indomitable drive to get the best outcome sets KWM apart. They bring their best to the table time and again; not just in their agility navigating the technical complexities, but also in their ability to deploy the very best resources when it matters most.’

‘The construction litigation team at KWM, led by Hamish Macpherson, is in my view amongst the best, if not the best available. First and foremost is the level of service. They are immediately available whenever required. Their expertise goes without saying and the whole team is focused on the best outcome for my business, not theirs. Innovative solutions for database reviews and core team member secondments when we were desperate have been a highlight. Everyone in our business enjoys working with Hamish and he is a genuinely nice person, comfortable talking to project staff as well as our CEO and board. An absolute pleasure to deal with.’

‘The construction practice, led by Scott Budd, has a strong knowledge of the government contracts and the government’s position on risk allocations. The team are hard working, responsive and contribute constructively to solving problems and negotiating acceptable outcomes. The construction team are good at their job and a group that we trust.’

‘The team is highly intelligent and responsive. They thoughtfully consider all of the relevant issues in a holistic way to produce their advice. The work product is consistently at an extremely high standard.’

Key clients

Transport for NSW

Transurban Limited

Thiess

BHP

Lendlease Corporation Limited

Infrastructure NSW

Mirvac

CIMIC

AGL

Port of Melbourne Operations Pty Ltd.

Multiplex

Gladstone Ports Corporation

Brookfield

Glencore

John Holland

Macquarie/Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Perth Airport Pty Ltd.

Tasmanian Department of State Growth

Work highlights

  • Provided advice on a number of disputes arising between Infrastructure New South Wales’ (as landlord) and Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd (as lessee) under the Agreement for Lease which governs the relocation arrangement of the existing Sydney Fish Market tenants to the new facility which is under construction at Blackwattle Bay.
  • Advising the HYLC JV in relation to upstream and downstream disputes (including insurance claims) arising from the A$1.85bn new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) project (the Project).
  • Advising Lightsource BP across the whole project lifecycle, including the acquisition of the project development rights from First Solar, the project financing of the project (with ING and EDC) and on all key development matters, including land acquisition, PPA, connection, EPC and O&M.

Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison advises major contractors and developers in relation to commercial agreements, litigation and arbitration arising during the course of major infrastructure projects. Brisbane partner Andrew Orford leads the practice, boasting particular experience in contentious matters; he is acting for joint venture partners Lendlease and CPB in a major Supreme Court claim regarding the $2bn Gateway Upgrade Project. Nicole Green is the hugely experienced head of the property development and infrastructure industry group while Stewart Nankervis stands out for his role in numerous mega projects across Australia. Elizabeth McKechnie has over two decades of experience handling infrastructure contracts and related disputes; Kip Fitzsimon is well-known for her work as a lead advisor to construction companies engaged in healthcare, education, rail, road and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wood; Nicole Green

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Orford; Stewart Nankervis; Elizabeth McKechnie; Kip Fitzsimon

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique to the high quality lawyers.’

Key clients

CIMIC Group (including CPB Contractors, UGL, Thiess & Pacific Partnerships)

Brookfield Multiplex

John Holland

State Governments and various State government entities

Lendlease

Icon

Kajima

MTR

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sydney Metro across four key packages to deliver the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project, advising throughout the procurement process, from the preparation of the EOI and RFP for each package, through to contract close.
  • Acting for Icon & Kajima in four actions including a class action commenced by 334 apartment owners seeking damages, including diminution in value of their apartments due to alleged structural defects of the Opal Tower.
  • Advising CPB Contractors and Lendlease Engineering Joint Venture its A$644m bulk earthworks contract for Western Sydney Airport.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has expanded its construction litigation practice with the hire of Phillipa Beck from Norton Rose Fulbright and David Ulbrick from HFW. The newly bolstered team is particularly active in various major infrastructure and renewable energy projects, including North East Link and Clarke Creek Wind Farm. Matthew Croagh leads the contentious practice from Melbourne, specialising in construction and engineering litigation. In Sydney, Mark Waddell leads the commercial construction team, focusing primarily on PPPs, social infrastructure and transport projects. Melbourne partner Greg Campbell is also recommended for his expertise in infrastructure mandates, in which he predominantly advises clients on project structuring, risk allocation and tender processes.

Practice head(s):

Matt Croagh; Fraser McMillan; James Morgan-Payler; Sadie Andrew; Adrienne Parker

Other key lawyers:

Mark Waddell; Phillipa Beck; David Ulbrick

Testimonials

‘Senior practitioners are well-known as industry leaders with a track record of providing pragmatic advice in a timely way. Good strong team of supporting lawyers.’

‘Matt Croagh is an excellent advocate, has a strong presence when dealing with counter-parties.’

‘Creative thinking around avenues for recourse in contentious matters.’

‘Construction specialists, who provide a strong and reliable technical service for disputes.’

Key clients

Lendlease

Ventia

Acciona Construction Australia

WeBuild

Clough

Seymour Whyte (a Vinci company)

Ferrovial

Elecnor

Goldwind

Watpac

Infinite Blue Energy

Suez Australia

GS Engineering

BMD

Thales

Vestas

Work highlights

  • Advising bidding parties (including Clough, Webuild, GS Engineering Instruction and Lendlease Services) on the primary PPP package (Gowrie to Kagaru) for the circa A$9bn Inland Rail Project in Queensland.
  • Advising bidding parties (including Lendlease Services Pty Ltd, John Holland Pty Ltd and Acciona Concesiones S.L., and Broadspectrum Australia) in connection with the circa A$11bn North East Link PPP project.
  • Advising the D&C joint venture on its bid for the Central Tunnelling Package of Sydney Metro West, which involves the design and construction of 11km of twin tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park.

Allens

Allens handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients engaged in construction projects spanning transport, health, resources, energy, technology and social infrastructure. Its range of work includes financing, M&A, tax structuring and joint venture arrangements. Sydney partner Leighton O’Brien specialises in road and rail projects, focusing in particular on procurement strategies and tender processes. Nick Rudge, based in Melbourne, has significant experience in construction litigation, having acted for numerous major engineering, construction, industrial and resources companies in major disputes. Emma Warren stands out for her significant experience in PPP developments, particularly in terms of handling the procurement and bidding process for clients.

Practice head(s):

Leighton O’Brien; Nick Rudge

Other key lawyers:

Emma Warren

Key clients

Capella Capital

Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd.

Tetris Capital

GS Engineering & Construction

China Construction Oceania

Ventia

John Laing

Plenary Group

GoldLinQ

TransGrid

Snowy Hydro Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Multiplex on its response to the RFP issued by Western Sydney Airport Co Limited (WSA), including advising on all aspects of the client’s proposal for the Terminal and Speciality Works Package.
  • Advised TransGrid on the procurement and construction of Project EnergyConnect, a proposed 860-kilometre electricity interconnector for which TransGrid has contracted with SecureEnergy, a joint venture between Clough and Elecnor.
  • Advising 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.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises construction companies, landowners, property developers and government bodies in connection with procurement strategy, risk management, and commercial contracts. Sydney partner Emanuel Confos specialises in drafting and negotiating agreements underpinning complex construction disputes and Grant Ahearn, based in Melbourne, stands out for his expertise in construction litigation. Kevin Arkwright , based in Sydney, has a strong track record of advising all relevant parties, including developers, contractors and financiers, in relation to major infrastructure projects. Sydney partner Joanne Emerson Taqi is also a key member of the team, known for her involvement in construction projects across the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Crew; Emanuel Confos

Other key lawyers:

Grant Ahearn; Kevin Arkwright; Joanne Emerson Taqi

Testimonials

‘Joanne Emerson Taqi was impressive and very strong technically. She is a great negotiator and someone you’d want on your side.’

‘The NRF construction practice is an excellent team of knowledgeable, commercial and dedicated lawyers. Their expertise, client service and practical advice sets them apart, as does their full front to back-end service offering. The team has gone above and beyond to understand our business and project and have become a most trusted partner.’

‘NRF construction team is relatively strong, especially with the recent addition of Joanne Emerson Taqi.’

Key clients

Lendlease

Brookfield / Multiplex

ACCIONA Infrastructure

Capella Capital

AMP Capital

Asia Development Bank

Macquarie Capital

Plenary Group

Veolia

Department of Defence

AirTrunk

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

CWP Renewables

Vestas

Goldwind

Sydney Water

Seqwater

City of Sydney

University of Wollongong (UOW)

China Construction Bank Corporation

John Holland Group

Genex Power

Bright Energy Investments

Signal Energy Australia

HRL Morrison

Calvary Health Care

BMD Constructions

Icon Co

Roberts Co

BESIX Watpac

Work highlights

  • Advised Veolia in relation to the project delivery of the construction of the Springvale Water Treatment Facility, and after the commercial acceptance date, on the operation and services of the facility.
  • Advising R.Corporation on Stage 1 of its $850m R.Iconic development.
  • Advising AirTrunk in relation to the drafting and negotiation of development agreements/agreements for lease regarding the design, construction and commissioning of data centres in various Asia-Pacific locations on a multi-million dollar, build-to-suit basis.

White & Case

White & Case has expertise in construction projects across Australia and more broadly throughout APAC. Its expertise in litigation arising during the course of developments is equally strong, illustrated by the firm’s ongoing representation of ALTRAC Light Rail in disputes regarding the construction of Sydney Light Rail. Andrew Clark, who is based in Melbourne, has particular strength in the transport and railway sectors, focusing primarily on project financing. He co-heads the practice with fellow Melbourne partner Brendan Quinn who is also well-regarded for his credentials in project financing spanning various sectors, including infrastructure, energy and renewables. Brad Strahorn focuses more on the disputes side of major infrastructure projects while Jared Muller (Melbourne) stands out for regularly assisting clients with complex engineering, procurement and construction contracts. In Sydney, Kate Perumal handles a wide docket of construction disputes, including claims related to property defects and project delays.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark; Brendan Quinn

Other key lawyers:

Brad Strahorn; Jared Muller; Kate Perumal

Testimonials

‘Top tier practice with deep industry experience, able to handle a wide variety of complex matters. Advice is very practical and solutions focussed.’

‘Top level construction knowledge and experience.’

‘Deep insight in issues and strong commercial understanding. Good at solving problems.’

‘Kate Perumal is an outstanding lawyer who is able to provide strategic insight in addition to first rate legal advice. She is well connected and has deep industry experience. She is able to handle complexity and high profile matters with ease and provide solutions focussed advice.’

‘Jared Muller is excellent in this area.’

Key clients

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Rail Projects Victoria

Transurban Limited

Plenary

Hana Financial Investment

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Tetris Capital

Stary of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd.

John Holland Pty Ltd.

QIC

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advising the Suburban Rail Loop Authority in relation to the investment case and procurement of the AU$50bn Suburban Rail Loop.
  • Acting for the ViaNova Consortium in relation to all aspects of its bid to the Victorian Government to deliver the North East Link PPP project.
  • Advising Rail Projects Victoria on all aspects of the delivery of the AU$11bn Melbourne Metro Tunnel project.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie LLP is well-known for its expertise in infrastructure and renewable energy projects, commercial property developments and related disputes. In addition, the firm has a strong track record in the defence and education sectors, where it focuses primarily on procurement and development. Melbourne based partner Leigh Duthie has over 30 years’ experience in domestic and cross-border construction litigation. Sydney partner Alex Hartmann provides full life cycle advice to construction companies, covering both the commercial and contentious aspects of projects. Anthony Whelan, based in Melbourne, is also noted for his frontend and backend work for construction and engineering clients. In Brisbane, Aleisa Crepin is a core member of the team for construction litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Duthie

Other key lawyers:

Alex Hartmann; Anthony Whelan; Aleisa Crepin

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and collaborative. They take the time to understand the client’s circumstances and needs prior to embarking on their work and advice.’

‘Alex Hartmann is my team leader. He marshals his other experts, briefing them before I speak to them so they are on top of issues by the time I discuss matters with them. Alex is highly skilled, commercial, personable and extremely responsive. He is also pro-active with suggestions when he knows I am or will be involved with construction-related issues. I enthusiastically recommend him when given the opportunity.’

Key clients

ALDI

GE Renewable Energy

University of Technology Sydney

WaterNSW

Ventia Pty Ltd.

Built Environs Pty Ltd.

Siemens Mobility

Caterpillar Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising WaterNSW regarding procurement strategy, tendering and contract drafting in relation to the Warragamba Dam Wall Raising project.
  • Providing ongoing advice to ALDI on its upgrades to existing store network across multiple states, construction of new stores, warehouses, roof top solar installations and significant logistics upgrades.
  • Advising the Ventia corporate group, following its acquisition of Broadspectrum, on compliance for its national operations (including the national infrastructure business and telecommunications business) with the regulatory regime under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper leverages its global network to provide comprehensive advice on domestic and cross-border construction projects and disputes. Recent highlights include advising Australian Football League on various aspects of the redevelopment of the Marvel Stadium and Docklands, costing an estimated total of AUD225m. Onno Bakker  and Gitanjali Bajaj  lead the practice from Sydney, possessing respective expertise in project financing and international commercial arbitration. John Gallagher, based in Melbourne, is well-known for his expertise in project structuring and joint venture agreements.

Practice head(s):

Onno Bakker; Gitanjali Bajaj

Other key lawyers:

John Gallagher

Key clients

JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd.

Keolis Downer

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd.

Australian Football League

SUEZ Water Pty Ltd.

Merricks Capital

Downer EDI Rail Pty Ltd.

Thales Australia Limited

Salini Impregilo S.p.A et. al

Asian Development Bank

Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

China Railway Construction (Southeast Asia) Co., Ltd.

Transit Systems Pty Ltd.

Kalium Lakes Limited

Jindal Steel and Power Limited

Titan Minerals Limited

Engie

BE Power

Merricks Capital Pty Limited

Windhoist Australia Pty Ltd.

CIMIC Group Limited

BNP Paribas, DBS Bank and ING Bank N.V.

China Everbright Bank Co. Ltd.

Perpetual Corporate Trust Limited atf

Perpetual (Asia) Limited

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Downer EDI Services Pty Ltd.

Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited

Powerhousing Australia Ltd.

Aquila Capital Renewables Asia Pte Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising the D&C JV to the Spark Consortium on its bid for the PPP Package of the $16.5 bn North East Link project, with other members of the Spark Consortium include Ventia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments and advisors Lend Lease Engineering.
  • Advising Thales Australia on its bids to Transport for NSW for delivery of both the Digital Systems Trackside Package and the TMS Package.
  • Acting as legal counsel to ABD and MHSD in relation to the development of an academic teaching hospital with 300 beds at the Karaganda State Medical University located in Karaganda city, Kazakhstan.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills utilises its expertise in project finance, corporate law and commercial litigation to assist construction clients in various sectors, including energy, transport and infrastructure. In addition, the firm has a strong reputation in smart city projects, providing advice on various financing arrangements and complex transactions. Sydney partner Toby Anderson leads the firm’s projects group, advising a wide range of clients on major construction and engineering matters, including renewable energy initiatives. Erin Wakelin, also based in Sydney, leads the project finance group, focusing  primarily on PPP developments. Melbourne partner Geoff Hansen heads the construction and infrastructure disputes practice, predominantly handling litigation in the transport sector. Senior associate Kate Bower is a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Toby Anderson; Erin Wakelin; Geoffrey Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Kate Bower

Key clients

New South Wales Government/Transport for NSW

Macquarie

AGL Energy

CIMIC/Pacific Partnerships

Transurban

Victorian Government

John Laing

First Gen/Energy Development Corporation (Philippines-based)

Big Four Domestic Banks (Australia and New Zealand Banking Corp, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Westpac Banking Corporation)

Horizon Power

Maddocks

Andrew Chapman  in Sydney and Simone Holding  in Melbourne head the Maddocks team which ‘go above and beyond to ensure the objective is achieved‘. Clients also report that the team ‘have been particularly easy to work with during the confusion of Covid lockdowns and disruption‘.    The practice assists clients (including developers, regulators and government departments) throughout construction projects from the procurement and financing stages through to disputes. It can also advise on related areas such as planning and environment. The team offers a number of client service initiatives such as its E-Litigation platform and is commitment to diversity and inclusion, an example being its engagement with Reconciliation Australia. Senior partners Mathew Stulic , Paul Woods  (who provides ‘excellent leadership‘ in construction disputes) and Andrew Pitney  are highly rated partners together with Simone Holding  and Alicia Sheridan . Of the senior associates, the ‘tenaciousNatalie Burgess is highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Chapman; Simone Holding

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Pitney; Mathew Stulic; Paul Wood; Simone Holding; Alicia Sheridan; Natalie Burgess

 

Testimonials

‘The team has a phenomenal work ethic, and achieve client deadlines every time.  They go above-and-beyond to ensure the objective is achieved.  They have been particularly easy to work with during the confusion of Covid lockdowns and disruption.’

‘Paul Woods (Partner) has provided excellent leadership on our litigation project, which has some complex issues within it. He always responds on time and clearly, and has built an excellent team around him who clearly like working with him.’

Natalie Burgess (Senior Associate) is tenacious, and always accessible.  Her High Court experience shows, and her complex thinking and ability to communicate is impressive.  I have supreme confidence when Natalie is on the job.’

‘This firm moved to remote working with ease, showing they were technically and culturally up to date and were able to be nimble in this process.’

‘Excellent and comprehensive advice – astute and gifted in understanding the issues and listening to the client to seek solutions.’

‘Peter Wood knows the industry and how to run contentious matters to maximise outcomes quickly.’

‘Maddocks are sensible and pragmatic. They don’t “over egg” matters and will give carefully considered advice without feeling compelled to set out a legal bible about it.’

Key clients

GARDA Capital

St Vincent’s Hospital

Victorian Government – Department of Transport Victoria, Development Victoria, Court Services Victoria

Universities – The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria University

BESIX Watpac

Transport for NSW

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Fastrak JV

Watpac Construction

NSW Local Councils – numerous

Jemena

Deutsche Australia

Lendlease

PCL Constructors Pacific Rim Pty Ltd

Thirdi Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Besix Watpac (includes Watpac Constructions) on a number of matters including  four consecutive adjudication proceedings commenced by Collins & Graham Mechanical Pty Ltd; advising on its tender with Capella and Housing Choices Australia for Stage 1 of the Public Housing Renewal Program and acting for in defense of proceedings commenced by ANSTO seeking damages arising out of alleged defects in the ANSTO Nuclear Medicine Facility.
  • Acting for Transport for NSW on matters concerning the Country Regional Network; More Trains More Services Stage 2 (MTMS Stage 2) and the Ferry wharf upgrade programme.
  • Assisted CEA Technologies Pty Ltd with the tender process to appoint a contractor to finalise the design and then construct a new purpose built 15,000 m2 building that will interconnect with existing buildings to deliver on CEA’s vision for a campus style headquarters in Canberra.

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Arnold Bloch Leibler focuses primarily on risk management during large-scale residential, commercial, industrial and mixed use projects. It is also well-equipped to advise clients on building and construction disputes, including professional negligence and trade practice claims. Melbourne based practice head Kevin Frawley specialises in frontend and backend construction law. John Mengolian, who is also based in Melbourne, focuses on construction litigation, particularly in relation to major infrastructure projects. Associate Michael Repse is noted for his work on behalf of public and private sector clients in a wide range of real estate projects.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Frawley

Other key lawyers:

John Mengolian; Michael Repse

Testimonials

‘The construction team we have worked with at Arnold Bloch Leibler provided the utmost understanding and professionalism to our redevelopment requirements all the way from town planning, main contract tender and award. Throughout all steps, they had consistently provided clarity and commercial understandings of all matters that go one step beyond what had been requested. The desire to collaborate with the client team resonated strongly throughout the process and continues beyond the finalisation of the main contract.’

‘Kevin Frawley has managed all our projects from acquisition to implementation and the success of the projects is a function of the agreements he has created, vetted and negotiated. Kevin has been thorough in his approach and whilst he has juniors to assist, the difference with Kevin when compared to other lawyers is that he maintains strict control of the process and ensures that his experience and knowledge drive the outcomes.’

‘A-grade lawyers who respond quickly to issues and provide sound commercial advice.’

‘Kevin Frawley is simply the best in the business in our space.’

‘ABL provides outstanding customer service, focussed on positive outcomes in real time. Their team have an ability to succinctly understand complex matters and provide effective and efficient advice. They readily accommodate meetings at short notice. We also appreciate that their professional development ensures industry depth and breadth of knowledge.’

Key clients

State of Victoria

World Class Land

S P Setia Bhd

Beulah International

Alpha APM No.2 Pty Ltd.

Time & Place

Capital Alliance Group

Hamton Hostplus

Twaai Investments Pty Ltd.

Aurumland

Gurner™

Steadfast Capital

Salta Properties

Golden Age Group

Charter Hall Limited

BPG Caulfield Village Pty Ltd.

Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd.

MAB Corporation

JD Group

Riverlee

Work highlights

  • Advised the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA), the Premier of Victoria, Treasurer and Minister, and the State of Victoria on its negotiations with the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) on the Metro Tunnel project.
  • Advising Singaporean property developer World Class Land for the development of ‘Australia 108’ located at 70 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank. The mixed use tower is over 100 floors and includes 1,105 luxury apartments.
  • Advised Malaysian property developer S P Setia on the construction contracts for the development of ‘Sapphire by the Gardens’, which will include 327 apartment and a luxury Shangri-La hotel across two towers.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP predominantly advises contractors engaged in construction projects and related litigation across various sectors. The firm’s domestic expertise is complemented by a strong cross-border practice, which results in a consistent flow of work for international companies. Practice head David McElveney, based in Sydney, has over 30 years’ experience in transactional and contentious construction law, having acted for all participants in numerous major projects. In Perth, Beth Cubitt is a standout partner, specialising in construction litigation and arbitration throughout Australia and APAC. Glen Warwick, who divides his time between Sydney and Perth, handles a wide range of mandates for contractors.

Practice head(s):

David McElveney

Other key lawyers:

Beth Cubitt; Glen Warwick

Testimonials

‘Their ability to deliver quick, practical and strategic advice, that allows matters to be resolved early.’

‘Glen Warwick always delivers and is a tune to clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Cabarita Beachside Developments

McConnell Dowell South East Asia Private Limited

Ramsay Property Group

Duro Felguera SA and Australian subsidiaries

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Based in Sydney, Colin Biggers & Paisley provides full life cycle advice to clients engaged in infrastructure, energy, residential and commercial projects. Brad Kermond leads the practice, focusing on contract drafting and negotiation and dispute resolution, whether through court proceedings, arbitration or meditation. Julian Mellick has a broad skill-set which encompasses assisting clients with developments, litigation, regulatory compliance and best practice procedures. Senior associates Karen Lo and Suzie Hutchings stand out for their depth of experience in construction litigation throughout the court system.

Practice head(s):

Brad Kermond

Other key lawyers:

Julian Mellick; Karen Lo; Suzie Hutchings

Testimonials

‘National coverage with ability to tap into expertise throughout the business as required.’

‘Brad Kermond is an exceptional lawyer who is understanding of the issues, navigates towards sensible solutions and takes a very proactive and forward approach where required with strong leadership.’

‘Colin Biggers & Paisley understands their clients, the challenges clients face and what would be in the clients’ best interest. Colin Biggers & Paisley makes legal issues easy to understand and manage, provides straight and simple to understand answers. Colin Biggers & Paisley does not try to make small matters bigger than they should be to create more workload for themselves.’

‘Good understanding of the construction industry, to best provide advice that makes sense.’

‘The time and consideration given to the advice and strategy is the best I have seen.’

Key clients

ASN Cement

Gekko Systems Pty Ltd.

GHD

Government of Papua New Guinea

John Holland

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction

Lipman

NSW Government/Transport for NSW

PTW Architects

Richard Crookes Construction

Sekisui House

Toshiba

Tzannes Associates

Work highlights

  • Acting on a project involving the refurbishment and upgrade of 446 Tangara Double Deck EMU cars operated by Sydney Trains to address component obsolescence and avoid decline in reliability of its Fleet so that it can be used for used for up to 40 years.
  • Advised LORAC in connection with the scope of the variation power under the subcontract, the validity of various directions to undertake additional work and strategy (advising on key risks, leverage and next steps) in that regard.
  • Engaged to advise Fulton Hogan Constructions on various disputes between the parties in connection with a number of matters including the scope of rehabilitation works to be performed under the subcontract, variations, defects, completion and liquidated damages, in relation to a wind farm project – “White Rock Wind Farm”.    

Gadens Lawyers

Gadens Lawyers‘ team focuses primarily on urban and retail projects, providing advice to developers, contractors, property owners and government authorities. The firm is also well-equipped to handle litigation arising during the course of construction projects. Melbourne partner Daniel Middleton specialises in social infrastructure and residential property developments, in which he assists clients with drafting and negotiating design, construction and procurement contracts. In Sydney, Michael Bampton is a standout partner, best known for advising  public sector clients engaged in construction projects. Brisbane partner Jim Demack is recommended for his expertise in major engineering and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Middleton

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bampton; Jim Demack

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience in construction law, extremely responsive, providing excellent and timely advice and drafting of documents.’ 

Key clients

AMP

Blacktown City Council

Cbus Property

Epworth Health

Healthscope Limited

Hengyi Australia

Hostplus

ISPT

Monash University

PDG Corporation

Work highlights

  • Engaged to advise in relation to Cbus Property’s $1bn office tower development located at 435 Bourke Street, which will comprise 59,000m2 of office space across 49 storeys and will provide views that overlook the Yarra River, MCG and Port Phillip Bay.
  • Advised PDG in relation to the $500m development if the Queen Victoria Market Munro Development adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.
  • Advised Monash University in relation to the $550m development of the Victorian Heart Hospital within Monash University’s Clayton Campus.

HFW

With a particular focus on engineering, infrastructure and renewables, HFW handles construction litigation and transactions. Melbourne practice head Nick Longley focuses on high-value construction disputes, particularly in the transport, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. In Sydney, Antony Riordan is a specialist in infrastructure projects and related litigation. Melbourne partner Alex McKellar, who is dual qualified as a lawyer and engineer, has notable expertise in engineering projects and disputes including in port infrastructure, agricultural processing, waste treatment and transport. Ian Gordon is also a highly rated team member.

Practice head(s):

Nick Longley

Other key lawyers:

Antony Riordan; Alex McKellar; Ian Gordon; Michael Debney

Testimonials

‘Sector insights and willingness to be a true partner, as opposed to just a consultant on our projects. HFW take the journey with us.’

Work is always done in a timely fashion and there is always an ability to talk through issues. You are not rushed or feel like the clock is running. Ian Gordon really cares about the outcome of the projects we work on and the impact of the work on us as an internal legal team. Empathy runs high with Ian and he brings us some great business insights into the construction sector.’

Key clients

Alstom Transport Australia

Maritime Constructions

Poly Australia

Hutchison Ports Australian subsidiary, Sydney International Container Terminal

John Holland

Mission Australia

REC (WA)

The Salvation Army (Western Australia) Property Trust

WSP

Jacobs Group (Australia)

Clough Projects Australia and BAM International (Australia)

AECOM Services

Work highlights

  • Assisted and advised Maritime Constructions in relation to its dredging works on the Onslow Marine Supply Base Project, an Australia Government project for the development of northern Western Australia’s capability to service oil and gas projects and other sea bound transport and logistics in the Region.
  • Representing Alstom Transport Australia in proceedings for the review of a TCO determination by the Comptroller General of Customs in respect of its imported driverless trains for the Sydney Metro Projects free of duty.
  • Representing Sydney International Container Terminal in a Supreme Court dispute against Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction and ACO for a sum of approximately $13M.

Jones Day

Jones Day's group specialises in large-scale procurement, development and infrastructure projects, advising on structuring, greenfield development, equity disposals and related disputes. John Cooper leads the practice, utilising his contentious and non-contentious experience to provide clients with a full-service offering.

Practice head(s):

John Cooper

Testimonials

Very easy to deal with on a personal level. Deep knowledge of construction law and litigation practice.’ 

‘John Cooper is an absolutely fantastic practitioner. First class.’ 

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

DRA Global Limited

John Dee Warwick Pty Limited

Ausenco Limited

Transurban Queensland

Jacfin Pty Limited

G&S Engineering

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Fluor Corporation in Supreme Court proceedings in Queensland regarding a dispute involving claims brought by Santos regarding a payment made by Santos under an EPC contract, as well as allegations relating to Fluor’s performance under the contract.
  • Advising Transurban Queensland on issues arising under the Project Deed with the State of Queensland and the Design and Construct Deed with CPB Contractors in respect of the Logan Enhancement Project.
  • Acting for DRA in a dispute arising from the design and construction of the Mount Pleasant Coal Mine Project in New South Wales, Australia.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson specialises in representing clients engaged in major infrastructure projects and related disputes. It is also well-equipped to guide clients through complex renewable energy and natural resources projects. Recent highlights include advising UGL on the $1.26bn Regional Rail Project, and acting for MTR in relation to the $15.5bn City South West project. Matt Bradbury leads the practice from Brisbane, focusing primarily on representing clients in construction disputes. James Arklay joined the firm from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in February 2021, whereas fellow partner Russell Thirgood left the practice in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Matt Bradbury

Other key lawyers:

James Arklay

Testimonials

‘Matt Bradbury is very approachable and the time to complete the advice is always met, which makes dealing with him very beneficial.’

Their desire to understand the company’s business risks and strategies, ensures that they provide advice which reflects this position from the initial phase.’

The team is always willing to work collaboratively with us, and seek to understand our requirements and legal service needs. The McCullough Robertson team is diverse, allowing specific matters to be addressed by the most suitably skilled/qualified partner and/or associate.’

Key clients

Downer Group

Ventia Pty Limited

Griffith University

UGL Limited (UGL)

AW Jewel

Marubeni Infrastructure

Gold Coast City Council

ABB Australia Pty Ltd.

Elliott Green Power

James Cook University

Laing O’Rourke

Sandvik

Mills Oakley

Mills Oakley shows particular strength in risk allocation, contract administration and dispute resolution. The team also demonstrates considerable expertise in emerging areas of public interest and concern, such as the use of combustible cladding. Rechelle Brost leads the Brisbane team, focusing on the development of transport hubs, commercial building and mixed use projects. Michael Loterzo, based in Melbourne, specialises in drafting construction contracts and handling litigation arising during the course of projects; he is also a specialist in risk allocation. Andrew Wallis leads the practice in Sydney, focusing on

Practice head(s):

Rechelle Brost; Michael Loterzo; Andrew Wallis

Testimonials

‘Rechelle Brost is highly integrated with our internal leads, pragmatic and outcome focused.’

‘Approachable and pragmatic. They know the law and give good advice on our position, but also understand commercial realities and provide alternatives or strategies that consider this.’

‘Essential to our practice. They are highly valued and engaged, pragmatic and outcome focused’

Key clients

Mulpha Australia Limited

Mulpha Norwest Pty Limited

The Owners Corporation for Mascot Towers

BMD

Frasers Property and Lasalle

Woolworths Group

GrainCorp

Coca-Cola Amatil

Investa Property Group

Mirvac

KTQ Group

J.Hutchinson (Hutchinson Builders)

Aventus Property

Billbergia

151 Property

AW Edwards/Bouygues

Grosvenor Place Management

NEXTDC

Ouson Group

Mark Moran Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Hutchinson Builders in relation to Australian Unity’s $1.1bn Herston Quarter Redevelopment Project.

Piper Alderman

Headquartered in Adelaide, Piper Alderman’s team specialises in assisting various parties with construction contracts, including EPC, D&C and alliance contracting. The firm is particularly focused on transport and transmission infrastructure projects. Martin Lovell handles energy, infrastructure and real estate projects on behalf of contractors, public sector bodies and large developers. Currently he is involved in the $2.28bn electricity interconnector project in New South Wales. Fellow partner Kathryn Walker stands out for her expertise in renewable energy projects, including major solar, wind and hybrid developments. In Melbourne, partner Megan Calder  is known for handling frontend and backend work across the spectrum of construction law.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lovell

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Walker; Megan Calder

Testimonials

‘Martin Lovell, Juniper Watson and their team provide fantastic service and a high quality product.  Nothing is too difficult for them and they consistently deliver.’ 

‘For us, the consistency of the product provided and the availability of Martin and Juniper make them stand out.  We also work with a lot of East Coast firms, and we find that the product provided by Martin and Juniper is definitely of the same standard, if not better than the East Coast.’

‘Full service firm that delivers.  Good value, efficient, high quality.’ 

Key clients

ElectraNet Pty Ltd.

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers

Watpac Construction Pty Limited

Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd.

Australian Naval Infrastructure

Naval Group (formerly DCNS)

Crown Solicitors Office/State Government of South Australia

Icon Construction Australia Pty Ltd.

Quanta Services Australia Pty Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising ElectraNet in relation to the $2.28bn SA-NSW electricity interconnector project, known as Project EnergyConnect.
  • Acting for SAPGen Pty Ltd in relation to the $65m proposed Summerfield Renewable Energy Hub in South Australia, capable of hosting over 1.2GW across a range of generation technologies, including Solar, BESS, CCGT and Hydrogen.
  • Initially engaged to assist ANI to prepare a range of construction and service contract templates and assisted with various aspects of construction contracts and managing contractor arrangements.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs‘ practice, divided between Sydney and Perth, is well-known for advising clients on commercial contracts underpinning real estate and urban renewal projects. In addition, the team has a strong presence in construction litigation, with a particular focus on claims arising during the course of energy and mining projects. In the Sydney office, Cris Cureton is a key name to note, with a wealth of experience in Northern Territory developments and related disputes. Brent Henderson, a recent addition to the Sydney office, specialises in project delivery support and claims management, both in the private and public sector. In Perth, new joiner Donna Charlesworth regularly assists clients with project structuring and contracting arrangements, including tender processes, power purchase agreements and EPC contracts. The team is rounded off by Greg Steinepreis  (Perth) who is a well-known arbitration expert.

Other key lawyers:

Cris Cureton; Brent Henderson; Greg Steinepreis;  Donna Charlesworth

Testimonials

‘While each team member at Squire Patton Boggs is a legal professional, they can understand clients’ internal policy and help manage their in-house legal team, which is instrumental to our organisation.’ 

Key clients

Far East Organisation

DOMA Group

Itochu Corporation

Laing O’Rourke Australia

MSP Engineering

Pareto Securities

Square Kilometre Array Organisation

Tennis SA Inc

Veolia Central and Eastern Europe

Hall & Wilcox

Based in Melbourne, Hall & Wilcox assists clients with procurement, project structuring and delivery, in addition to handling claims relating to construction delays, breach of contract and negligence. It is particularly invested in the healthcare, transport and energy sectors, where it provides a wide range of frontend and backend services. John O’Kane leads the practice from Melbourne, handling contentious and non-contentious matters on behalf of private and public sector clients, including development agreements, project delivery agreements and construction contracts. In New South Wales, Katrina Reye is a standout practitioner, with a wealth of experience handling PPP developments, real estate M&A, government tenders and procurement processes. Special counsel Ben Cotter, based in Melbourne, brings both transactional and disputes expertise to clients.

Practice head(s):

John O’Kane

Other key lawyers:

Katrina Reye; Ben Cotter

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive and quick to learn the nuances of our business and risk appetite.’

‘Ben Cotter stands out for his construction risk expertise, his understanding of our business and drive to deliver when timing is tight.’

Key clients

Maeil Australia

Graythorne Pty Ltd.

Tracetebel Engineering S.A., Lombardi SA Ingegneri Consuleti and Coffey Major Projects (Vic) Pty Ltd.

Owners Corporation No. 1 PS600940E and 145 lot owners in the Atlantis Tower

Hunter Development Corporation (HDC), Transport for NSW and Property NSW

Compass Housing Group

Andritz Hydro

Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland (EBL)

UNStudio

Work highlights

  • Acting for Maeil Australia in relation to the development of a milk spray drying facility in Geelong, Victoria.
  • Acting for St Vincents’ Healthcare Limited on the proposed St Vincents’ Private redevelopment in Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Acting for a consortium of three engineering consultancies, including Tracetebel Engineering S.A., Lombardi SA Ingegneri Consuleti and Coffey Major Projects (Vic) Pty Ltd, who are the sole providers of design services to the Future Generation Joint Venture, the upstream EPC Contractor to Snowy Hydro Limited.

Jackson McDonald

Based in Perth, Jackson McDonald is best known for its strong reputation in mining, LNG and local authority projects, in which it provides contentious and commercial services. Basil Georgiou stands out for his involvement in major projects in Western Australia, such as the construction of Perth Museum and Elizabeth Quay. Tom Jacobs regularly assists contractors, subcontractors and equipment suppliers with projects, particularly those taking place in the mining, equipment and technology sectors. Isla McRobbie is rated for her role in innovative projects, including the first build to rent development in Western Australia. Promoted to partner in January 2020, Matthew Lang has over 16 years’ experience in construction law and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tom Jacobs

Other key lawyers:

Basil Georgiou; Isla McRobbie; Matthew Lang

Testimonials

‘The team is very attentive, quick to respond, they give practical advice and have excellent knowledge is their areas of work and law.’

Matthew Lang and Basil Georgiou give particularly attentive and quick service with in depth knowledge and understanding.’

‘Balance of understanding as to outcomes desired, personal interest to client and benefit to business of client.

Key clients

RHG Construction Fitout and Maintenance

Karara Mining Limited

Maritime Constructions Pty Ltd.

Housing Authority (Department of Communities)

Curtin Heritage Living

Karara Mining Limited

Doric Group

Weatherford Australia Pty Ltd.

Perkins Builders

Mercedes Group Pty Ltd

Johnson Winter Slattery

With its headquarters in Perth, Johnson Winter Slattery focuses predominantly on upstream oil and gas, electricity and mining projects; however, it is also well-respected for its role in public sector-led transport and infrastructure projects. Will Coulthard, based in Perth, specialises in energy and natural resources mandates, in which he tends to advise clients on contract drafting and negotiation, tenders and litigation arising during developments. In Adelaide, Paul Turner is a standout partner, known for handling structured property transactions and project outsourcing arrangements. In Sydney, Avendra Singh , who joined the practice from Squire Patton Boggs in June 2020, undertakes a diverse range of contentious and non-contentious instructions, spanning every major sector.

Practice head(s):

Will Coulthard

Other key lawyers:

Paul Turner; Avendra Singh

Key clients

Santos (as operators of Barossa Project)

WSP Australia Pty Ltd.

Base Resources

GB Energy Holdings Limited

Arafura Resources Limited

Enerven Energy Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

GFG Alliance/Liberty Primary Steel

Civil & Allied Technical Construction Pty Ltd.

ProTom International

Abacus/Demian

Flinders Ports

MACH Mt Pleasant Operations Pty Ltd.

A2 Milk

BMD Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for ConocoPhillips on the design and construction contracts for the Barossa Project, including the long term lease tender for floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO).
  • Acting for WSP in defending the Thiess John Holland (TJH) cross-claim, alleging that any defects arose from defective design, and also involves defending aspects of the Transurban claim against TJH due to the pass through nature of the cross-claim.
  • Advising Base Resources in relation to the project structuring for the construction and procurement contracting on the Toliara project.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates’ Sydney practice primarily focuses on construction litigation and adjudication proceedings, drawing on the team’s former in-house experience in the construction, engineering and building materials sectors. Sandra Steele, who leads the team, has particular strength in contract drafting, litigation and ADR, with an emphasis on supporting clients engaged in construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. Simon Ashworth has a strong reputation in public sector-led projects, including significant transport, education and healthcare developments.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele

Other key lawyers:

Simon Ashworth

Key clients

ABB Australia

Acciona Construction

AusNet Services

Belectric

CPB Contractors

Downer EDI

Elecnor Australia

Fletcher Construction Limited

Honeywell

Icon Constructions Australia (NSW)

Illawarra Retirement Trust

Loreto Kirribilli Limited

Opal Aged Care

Programmed FM

RATCH Australia

Serco Australia

Seymour Whyte Constructions

Tenova

UGL

Marubeni Corporation and its infrastructure fund

MM Capital Partners

Sterling and Wilson Australia

Suzlon Energy Australia

Canadian Solar (Australia)

Venn Artibir Group

RimFire Energy

Belectric

Greenup Resources

Doosan Gridtech, Inc.

NewVolt Infrastructure

Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A.

Nekon

AMP Power Australia

Zipby

Work highlights

  • Advising the joint venture of Ferrovial and Acciona, as the construction entity in the G2Konnect Consortium, who are shortlisted bidders for the design and construction of the longest section of the Inland Rail mega-PPP, which will run through three states (Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria).
  • Assisting Serco on its bid as facilities management contractor in the redevelopment of the existing Frankston Hospital on the Mornington Peninsula (the Project) as a Public Private Partnership.
  • Assisting Seymour Whyte Constructions, who was selected by the Port of Melbourne (PoM) to enter into an Early Contractor Involvement Agreement (the ECI) for the Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP), which will involve rail infrastructure works and a new rail operating framework inside the port worth approximately AUD125m.

Lander & Rogers

Based in Sydney and Melbourne, Lander & Rogers has a wealth of experience in commercial, residential, infrastructure and engineering projects. It is also a strong firm for companies embroiled in cladding litigation and insurance disputes related to construction projects. Sydney partner Charles Thornley focuses on construction, engineering and property insurance claims, representing a wide range of clients. Elon Zlotnick, based in Melbourne, advises clients on construction contracts, consultancy agreements and ongoing contract administration.

Practice head(s):

Charles Thornley; Elon Zlotnick

Testimonials

‘Deep understanding of issues arising from construction claims. Direct instructions received from clients also cements our judgement. Additionally, the team has extensive collaboration with insurers.’

‘Charles Thornley is an excellent operator. He is readily contactable and approachable, providing pragmatic and well reasoned advice and delivering outcomes for clients.’

‘The team works well at all levels to foster a collaborative approach and to provide efficient services.’

Key clients

AXA XL

Liberty Specialty Markets – PI

The Hartford

IBL Limited t/as Focus Underwriting

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

AIG Australia Limited

Insurance Australia Limited (IAG)

QBE European Operations

CNA Hardy

Kellogg Brown & Root

Mott Macdonald

Ganellen

Chubb Insurance Australia Limited

Newline Australia Insurance

Woods Bagot

SMEC

ARAM Australia

Emergent Cold

Kmart Australia Limited

Camillo Builders

EG Funds Management

Oliver Hume Property Funds

Wesfarmers Limited – Panel Work

Bunnings

VMIA

State Sports Centres Trust

Morelust

Work highlights

  • Acting as defence counsel on behalf of Transport for New South Wales in the Sydney Light Rail Class Action.
  • Acting for Bunnings in connection with the negotiation and preparation of its construction contracts and related project documentation for its new warehouses and upgrades/expansions to its existing warehouses nationally.
  • Instructed as coverage counsel for the insurers of a design joint venture for claim by head contractor (Acciona and Agroman Ferrovial) and subrogating contract works and delay in start-up insurers for damages claim exceeding $150m following the slip of embankment 24 on the Toowoomba Bypass

Moray & Agnew

Moray & Agnew, based in Melbourne and New South Wales, demonstrates considerable strength in alternative energy, utilities and education projects. It is also highly regarded for its tower development practice, in addition to its niche focus on security of payment litigation, illustrated by its role in the landmark High Court case Probuild Constructions v Shade Systems. Melbourne partner Bill Papastergiadis specialises in contract design and drafting, working for a wide range of clients including developers, building companies, consultants and engineering firms. He is ably assisted by senior associate Phillip VassiliadisSean O’Sullivan, based in New South Wales, handles a diverse array of construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Bill Papastergiadis; Sean O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Vassiliadis

Testimonials

‘They have a commercial approach to construction matters, and a deep understanding of the insurances related to construction matters.’

Key clients

Akuo Energy

Baxter Road Hotel

Biosar Australia

Far East Consortium Holdings (Aust) (Westside Place Precinct, Melbourne; Perth Hub and Dorsett Hotel; Monument 640 Bourke St, Melbourne)

Roman Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

University of Newcastle

Viapac Group

Virgate Property Group (Domain House)

Whittens Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Far East Consortium on three developments including a $1.4bn West Side Place precinct in Victoria, a $300m Perth Hub and Dorsett Hotel development in Western Australia, and a development of their latest Melbourne CBD project “Monument”, comprising over 850 residential apartments with a project value of over $650m.
  • Advised the University of Newcastle on all legal issues associated with its development of a host of construction projects.
  • Advising Baxter Road Hotel on its conclusion of a design and construct contract for a new Marriott managed and branded boutique hotel in Mascot, Sydney.

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer’s practice, based in Brisbane, is known for handling numerous constructions disputes, including delay and disruption claims, force majeure matters and construction related insolvency litigation. Alongside this core offering, the firm supports clients during the course of infrastructure projects, predominantly in the transport sector. Andrew Kelly, who has over 20 years of experience in construction and engineering law, leads the firm’s contentious work in the sector, acting for principals, contractors, engineers, architects and other parties in disputes. In Sydney, Franco Aversa stands out for advising clients on transactions and contractual arrangements underpinning large infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Franco Aversa

Work highlights

  • Acting for AAL on its Terminal Expansion Project (TEx), which involves the expansion of the footprint of the existing terminal with construction activities both externally and internally, including refurbishment and fit out of most of the tenancies in the airport and new international arrivals and departures areas.
  • Acting for the Joint Venture, the principal design and construct contractor for the Tunnel and Stations package of Cross River Rail, in relation to two payment claims made by a subcontractor for the supply and installation of retention systems at Woolloongabba Station.
  • Acted for Civil Mining & Construction Pty Ltd (CMC) in a long-running dispute with Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal regarding civil and construction works associated with the development of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal at Gladstone in Queensland.