Construction in Australia

Ashurst

At Ashurst, specialist areas include projects in the transport, social infrastructure, commercial, residential, energy and resources, telecommunications and sports sectors. Active across the entirety of Australia and New Zealand, the team is able to offer an end-to-end service, acting on procurement, contracting, project finance, delivery and a variety of dispute matters, among others. In Melbourne, Grant Rowlands represents numerous high-profile government entities in addition to private sector clients; he leads the practice together with Sydney-based Lee McDonald, the firm’s national head for global projects. Both PPPs and PFPs are fortes for the department which also includes Ben Kipic, a counsel with a track record of assisting on several major projects.

Practice head(s):

Grant Rowlands; Lee McDonald

Key clients

General Electric

Transport for NSW

Sydney Metro

WSA Co Limited, the company in charge of developing and operating Western Sydney Airport

Department of Defence

Transdev Australasia

Toll Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising WSA on the procurement of the A$5.3bn Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport due to be completed by 2026.    
  • Advising in relation to the Sydney Light Rail (SLR) PPP, one of the most high-profile infrastructure projects in Australia.
  • Advising on the A$11bn Sydney Metro City & Southwest Project – Australia’s largest public transport project.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz provides a first-class service at all stage of a project’s lifecycle including business case development, procurement, delivery, financing and back-end disputes, including international arbitration. The team notably supports government clients on the East Coast with multi-billion road and rail infrastructure projects, also handling a plethora of high-end telecoms, energy and natural resources schemes such as those in the LNG and hard minerals mining sectors. In Sydney, Sergio Capelli leads the practice, catering to a client roster of market-leading project owners, contractors, subcontractors and financiers; together with Frank Bannon, he continues to advise Transport for New South Wales and Sydney Metro on the market-leading A$8.3bn Sydney Northwest project. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Joanna Pugsley is a star name for social infrastructure and PPPs.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Capelli

Key clients

Adigun (JV NZ Government and Auckland Council)

Australian Capital Territory Government

Brisbane City Council

Hydro Tasmania

Major Transport Infrastructure Authority

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

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

Transport for NSW (TfNSW)

Sydney Metro

Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV)

Australia Pacific LNG Pty Limited

Sydney Water

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for NSW on the D&C procurement, the WestConnex interface, property acquisitions and planning and environment issues for the A$2.4bn Sydney Gateway, a major multi-modal transport infrastructure project connecting the Sydney Airport and Port Botany to the new WestConnex St Peters Interchange once completed.
  • Clayton Utz is advising the State of Victoria on all aspects of the planning and development for the North East Link Project, the biggest transport project in Victoria’s history, spanning 26 kilometres and with an estimated cost of up to A$15.8bn.
  • Advising Australian Rail Track Corporation on the construction, contract packaging and procurement aspects of the A$10bn Inland Rail project, one of the largest transport logistics infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Australia and a once-in-a-generation project connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth prides itself on its whole-of-project service which sees it support clients on initial procurement and contract preparation through to project delivery and dispute resolution. The team actively works on a variety of projects including commercial, industrial, mixed-use and residential property developments along with urban precincts, mining and major government and social infrastructure projects. In Melbourne, Andrew Stephenson deploys his extensive experience in market-leading disputes and arbitrations while in Brisbane, Matthew Muir supports at every stage of project delivery and claims management; the pair lead the department which also includes Perth-based Chris Ryder, a veteran in multi-billion-dollar projects and high-end disputes. The practice complements its core legal expertise with knowledge of engineering, programming, native title and workplace health and safety matters and counts several high-profile government departments, commercial contractors, sponsors, and principals among its client list. Noteworthy growth has occurred at partner level of late with the arrival of Anthony Arrow from Pinsent Masons LLP and the internal promotions of Paul Brickley, Carla Mills and Chris Campbell.  

Key clients

Bombardier

DIF Capital Partners

Queensland Government

Victorian Government

CIMIC

John Holland

Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd.

Lend Lease

Queensland Health

Santos

UGL Limited

CPB Contractors

Downer Engineering

Pacific Partnerships

Ghella

Australian Paper

St George Community Housing

BAM

Woodside Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Australian Paper on all aspects of procuring its Energy from Waste Facility in Victoria, which if successfully completed, will be the largest in Australia. While a well-established alternative source of energy in Europe, Asia and US.
  • Acting for CH2M Hill as one of three respondents in the WA Supreme Court proceedings brought by JKC. JKC was seeking declarations on the proper construction of Parent Company Guarantees, in relation to the construction of the power station for Inpex’s Ichthys Project.
  • Advised Coles Group (one of Australia’s top two supermarkets on the acquisition and delivery of two new state of the art automated distribution centres in Sydney and Brisbane with a total capital value of A$950m.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is active on both public and private sector projects, acting for government bodies and contractors on a broad variety of domestic and cross-border schemes. Peter Pether is an industry veteran for back-end work; he heads the practice together with Brisbane-based Scott Budd whose focus is directed towards energy and resources projects. Another leading name is Hamish Macpherson, is a specialist in transportation, namely road, rail and runway in addition to energy, mining and oil and gas projects. In addition to disputes, the team excels at every stage of a project’s lifecycle including financing, projects structuring and contract administration, also directing particular focus towards risk management. Scott Watson, also based in Brisbane, has a track record in hospital, water processing, tunnel and runway projects, among others. Named lawyers operate from Sydney unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Peter Pether; Scott Budd

Key clients

Transport for NSW

Infrastructure NSW

Laing O’Rourke

Australian Rail Track Corporation

The Destination Brisbane Consortium

AGL

Pembroke

CPB Contractors Pty Ltd

QUBE Holdings Limited

Multiplex

Hansen Yuncken

BHP

Fulton Hogan

Sydney Water Corporation

OzMinerals

Pembroke Resources

EcoGraf (Australia) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pembroke Resources who is developing the $1bn Olive Downs Coking Coal Project, 40 kilometres south-east of Moranbah in the Bowen Basin.
  • Acting for the Sydney Motorway Corporation on the M4-M5 Link Tunnels Project in Sydney. The M4-M5 Link Tunnels project is the final and most critical component of WestConnex, featuring twin tunnels between the New M4 at Haberfield and the New M5 at St Peters.
  • Advised Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) on a number of key aspects of the $5bn Queens Wharf Brisbane casino and resort development.

Minter Ellison

At Minter Ellison, the team demonstrates specialist knowledge across the entire lifecycle of projects providing technical, legal, commercial, financial and project management expertise. Particularly active on PPPs, the team also provides notable prowess on the disputes and risk mitigation front, frequently advising regulators, developers and contractors on building construction faults and non-compliant building material ramifications. Based in Melbourne, Peter Wood is a specialist in infrastructure, energy, mining, resources, ports and government-related projects; he leads the practice with Virginia Briggs and Nicole Green who is well-versed in managing the interfaces between private, public, commercial and construction participants. Melbourne-based Stewart Nankervis has a number of Australia's most high-profile infrastructure projects under his belt and the team also includes Pamela Jack whose core strengths lie in disputes and project documentation. Elizabeth McKechnie, another name to note, is a procurement, tendering and risk management expert. Named partners are based in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

‘Minter Ellison has excellent corporate knowledge across infrastructure project delivery models, and a highly regarded ability to understand and address commercial issues through the lens of the Commonwealth.’

‘Peter Block continues to provide exceptional service to our major project teams, and well-informed advice that is highly regarded by our senior management and decision-makers.’

Key clients

State Governments and various State government entities

Lendlease

CIMIC (including CPB)

John Holland

Brookfield / Multiplex

Capella

Dexus

AMP

MTR Corporation

Mirvac

Work highlights

  • Advised various private sector clients on every stage of the Sydney Metro City and South West packages, including the augmentation, line wide package and multiple over station developments.
  • Avising on the multi-billion dollar Melbourne Airport Rail Project and the Sunshine Station Redevelopment. This project has been in planning for over 50 years and represents one of Victoria’s largest rail, property development and rolling stock projects.
  • A multi-disciplinary team is  advising on the combined Cross River Rail and Inner City ETCS Level 2 projects – the delivery of which will ease congestion in South East Queensland. The project was awarded PFI’s Asia Pacific Transport Deal of the Year for 2019.

Allens

Allens supports a client roster of contractors, developers, government departments and operators of infrastructure on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is adept at every stage from origination, contract documents, financing and construction through to disputes and end of life transactions. In Sydney, Leighton O’Brien is a specialist in major road and rail projects in addition to PPPs, jointly heading the practice with Melbourne-based Nick Rudge; their team is also routinely engaged for energy, technology, social infrastructure and health-related projects.

Practice head(s):

Leighton O’Brien; Nick Rudge

Key clients

Snowy Hydro

Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) (Plenary Group, MTR Corporation, John Holland, CPB Contractors)

Capella Capital

Acciona

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

WestConnex

Multiplex

TransGrid

Sunraysia

Work highlights

  • Advising WestConnex in relation to the implementation phase of the design and construction works for the WestConnex Project comprising the extending of the M4 motorway, the construction of a new set of tunnels for the M5 motorway, and an M4-M5 Link joining the existing M4 and M5 motorways.
  • 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.
  • Advising TransGrid on the procurement and construction of EnergyConnect, a proposed 900km electricity interconnector, for which TransGrid’s tender for design and construction is now open

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a cradle to grave service for major transport and social infrastructure PPPs in addition to energy and resources, technology, government and urban property development projects. Everything from procurement strategy, tender documentation and project delivery through to claims and disputes is handled by the practice which is able to call upon the firm’s environment and planning, real estate, insurance and insolvency teams to provide a one-stop-shop. Emanuel Confos, a project documentation and litigation specialist, heads the practice, operating from Sydney alongside Kevin Arkwright who represents a number of federal, state and local government entities on relevant projects. Elsewhere in Melbourne, Grant Ahearn leverages his track record in relation to office, retail and multi-level residential department development projects.

Practice head(s):

Emanuel Confos

Testimonials

‘The team offer practical, well-considered advice. They have an in-depth knowledge of the law and also the commercial pressures on complex construction projects. They work well as a team and consistently provide solutions that are tailored to my organisation’s needs and concerns. These attributes set them apart and make them a leading firm in construction law.’

‘Partner Alex Whiteside is an outstanding disputes lawyer. Highly responsive and strategic, he provides timely and well-considered advice. He leads a highly skilled and dedicated team that is able to respond to difficult issues within tight deadlines without compromising on quality. The team includes Matthew Taylor, special counsel, who consistently provides robust and clear advice on complex issues and Simon Croft, who is thorough and well-considered in his approach.’

Key clients

ACCIONA Infrastructure

Lendlease

John Holland Group

Brookfield / Multiplex

Goldwind

Grocon

Genex Power

Bright Energy Investments

Department of Defence

City of Sydney

Sydney Water Corporation

Vestas

Urbanest

HRL Morrison

CWP Renewables

Signal Energy Australia

Icon Co

Calvary Health Care

BMD Constructions

Airtrunk

Work highlights

  • Advising Acciona Infrastructure Australia on the delivery of the Sydney Light Rail PPP.
  • Advising Grocon and Oxford on its successful tender and delivery of two over station premium grade buildings at Pitt St Station in Sydney, part of the wider Sydney Metro project.
  • Advised CWP Renewables and Partners Group on all aspects of the development, construction and debt financing of the 244MW Bango Wind Farm, the third largest in New South Wales, including in relation to the impact of COVID 19.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s construction practice is geared towards high-profile infrastructure and energy matters such as water, oil and gas, road, rail, mining, port, airport and renewables. The group is focused on the representation of international contractors from jurisdictions such as China, South Korea and Europe, subsequently boasting a notable cross-border element to its workload. Melbourne-based Matthew Croagh leads the practice and is primarily focused on back-end work where his team is active on a number of international arbitrations and has carved out a formidable reputation for solar-related disputes. In Sydney, Mark Waddell is an expert in contract drafting and PPPs; he recently joined from Norton Rose Fulbright together with Phillipa Beck and James Morgan-Payler. Jim Hunwick is also a new partner to the team, having arrived from Johnson Winter & Slattery.

Practice head(s):

Matt Croagh

Testimonials

‘Market-leading understanding of PPPs from the perspective of the contractor.’

‘James Morgan-Payler – calm, confident and easy to work with, even in the most fraught negotiations. Catherine Bendeich – very knowledgeable, with a fantastic eye for detail.’

‘Adam Perl is absolutely fantastic. His in-depth knowledge of the industry is second to none and has worked for Contractors previously which allows him to take very pragmatic and commercial approaches to legal matters.’

‘The team has an understanding of the type of risks likely to generate concern within a contractor or professional consultancy organisation.’

‘Very proactive, specific and targetted responses to issues; available when required. will also follow up and respond to queries.’

Key clients

Lendlease

Thales Australia Limited

John Holland

Downer

Salini Impregilo SpA

Ventia

Broadspectrum

Goldwind Australia Pty Ltd

Qube RE Services (No 2) Pty Limited

Hitachi Zosen Inova

Laing O’Rourke Australia

Korean Water Corporation (K-Water)

Vestas Australian Wind Technology Pty Ltd

Clough

Work highlights

  • Advising the Elecnor-Clough JV as Principal Contractor on its bid to deliver Project EnergyConnect, the construction of a A$1.5bn energy interconnector between the power grids of South Australia and New South wales, with an added connection to Victoria.
  • Advising Goldwind on the delivery of the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm Project in Victoria, the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere.
  • Advising Salini Impregilo SpA on its bid to design and construct the A$2.4bn Sydney Gateway project.    

White & Case

With prowess in all facets of construction, White & Case's varied workload ranges from construction contract work through to dispute resolution and claims management. The team operates with a broad geographical footprint, handling matters in every Australian state over the past 12 months in addition to projects in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. In Melbourne, Brendan Quinn heads the team together with Andrew Clark, a go-to name for transport and rail sector projects. The team is adept in greenfield and brownfield matters, as well as renewable and non-renewable energy schemes, boasting particular expertise in project finance, secondary market sales, land access and environmental affairs. Elsewhere in Sydney, Brad Strahorn excels in relation to oil and gas, building, renewables and mining schemes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark; Brendan Quinn

Key clients

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Rail Projects Victoria

Tetris Capital

John Holland Pty Ltd

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Malakoff Corporation Berhad

Star of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd

Neoen Australia Pty Ltd

Transurban Limited

QIC

Société Générale

Macquarie Group

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

National Australia Bank (NAB)

Work highlights

  • Aurrently advising the Suburban Rail Loop Authority in relation to the investment case and procurement of the A$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 Advance West – the shortlisted consortium made up of John Holland, Tetris Capital, John Holland Services and ISS on all aspects of the delivery of the A$1.5bn Footscray Hospital in preparing a proposal to design, construct, finance and maintain the project.

Baker McKenzie

The construction practice at Baker McKenzie is famed for its work on transport infrastructure matters, namely road, rail, intermodal and airport projects. Its specialist knowledge of renewable projects is equally formidable with high-rise residential and hotel schemes also serving as key areas of focus. Anthony Whelan fronts the practice from Melbourne; he and his team are active on the full life cycle of projects from contract administration through to dispute resolution. A distinguished level of proficiency is also held in respect of greenfields and brownfields projects, defence material procurement and campus developments on behalf of universities. In Sydney, Alex Hartmann is 'a lawyer you want on your side in any construction dispute'. Partner Franco Aversa has left the team to join Thomson Geer.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Whelan

Testimonials

‘Baker Mckenzie provides concise, useful advice. The advice is often targeted. As a result, the fees are reasonable, and the outcomes have almost always been good. Highly recommended firm with broad capabilities. We have instructed the firm on a range of front end and back end matters.’

‘Jo Delaney – Excellent disputes, arbitration and expert determination lawyer. Jo has achieved successful outcomes in all matters’

‘Baker McKenzie is a very commercial team. They understand the key drivers of construction deals and advise accordingly. They don’t get bogged down in unimportant/academic points.’

‘Alex Hartmann is a great leader and very knowledgeable and very responsive. He is the person you want on your side in any construction dispute.’

‘Bakers is a strong team and always know when to bring in specialist expertise and do so in a measured manner to enhance their advice. They clearly communicate well with one another as never loose time bringing team members up to speed. The quality of their advice is exceptional and well trusted throughout our whole organisation.’

‘Special mention must go to Aleisa Crepin for her proactive, professional and personable manner. She is the type of lawyer you find yourself wanting to brainstorm with as we value her opinion so much. She is extraordinarily efficient and articulate and we do not require any filter or pre-meeting before putting her in front of our board members for updates as her summaries and advice always hit the mark. On top of this, she is incredibly likeable and comes across as genuine, caring and thoughtful. Simply a delight to work with in all aspects.’

‘Baker McKenzie provides a very personal service combined with the expertise, breadth and professionalism of a truly global practice. The size of the practice means they will always have someone with the requisite experience who can deliver to the client’s timelines and expectations. Their interpersonal skills and their approach to client and cost management are exceptional. They are flexible and will work to develop innovative solutions whilst also being experts at more straightforward work. They respect the skills and the knowledge of in-house Counsel.’

‘Alex Hartmann in Construction and Sebastian Busa and Bethany Armstrong in Property form a very cohesive team. Alex Hartmann is responsible for managing the relationship. He is extremely responsive and positive and nothing is ever too much of a problem. His client management and interpersonal skills mean working under pressure is an enjoyable experience. He is extremely flexible and fair in relation to costs. The property expertise of Sebastian Busa and Bethany Armstrong is very deep and highly commercial. Again, they are very responsive and will deliver high quality tailored advice which reflects care, skill, knowledge, creative thinking and thorough research.’

 

Key clients

Acciona

Lendlease (Building, Engineering and Services divisions)

Fulton Hogan

WaterNSW

University of Technology Sydney

McConnell Dowell/ Built Environs

Aker

Broadspectrum

General Electric

V601 Developments Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on its acquisition of an 88 per cent stake in AirTrunk by a consortium led by Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Fund 2 (MAIF2), a MIRA-managed infrastructure fund.
  • Advising Acciona on its bid for the operation and maintenance of the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP); and the design and construction of the expansion of the Sydney Desalination Plant.
  • Advising Lendlease in relation to (1) the delivery phase of the Martin Place Metro Station PPP; and (2) the proposed redevelopment of Fort Street High School.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s full-service construction practice is geared to handling both front and back-end matters, leveraging the firm’s international footprint to support on cross-border matters. Melbourne-based John Gallagher is a star name for water infrastructure projects and is particularly revered for his specialist knowledge in developing and re-engineering collaborative and relationship contracting models. In Perth, Richard Edwards co-heads the national practice with Gallagher and is notable for his experience with maritime-related construction. The group is also active in respect of energy and resources, commercial, residential, retail and industrial projects. In Sydney, Gitanjali Bajaj is a recommended name for back-end litigation and international arbitration, specifically in relation to oil and gas, infrastructure, building and transport schemes.

Key clients

Queensland Airports Limited

Keolis Downer

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), now merged into Transport for NSW

Veolia Water Australia Pty Ltd

JV comprising Salini Impregilo S.p.A, GS Engineering and Construction, and China Construction Oceania (D&C JV)

Auckland City Council

Salt Lake Potash Limited

Suez Water Pty Ltd

Australian Football League

Merricks Capital

Downer EDI Rail Pty Limited

Thales Australia

Adelaide Airport Limited

InfraBuild Australia Pty Ltd

AustralAsia Railway Corporation

BE Power Solutions Pty Ltd

Ampyr Energy India Pte. Ltd

Sacyr Environment Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising SUEZ Water in a claim by the project owner (Aquasure Pty Ltd) of the $4bn Victorian Desalination Plant against the D&C Contractor (TDJV, an unincorporated JV between Thiess Pty Ltd and Suez Water Pty Ltd) in the Supreme Court of Victoria arising from alleged design defects and subsequent rectification works.
  • Acting for the bidding consortium of Sacyr Water Australia Pty Ltd and West Force Construction Pty Ltd for the design, build, operations and maintenance (DBOM) of the Collie Water Wellington Dam Desalination Project (Project), located in WA, for the Myalup Wellington Water Corporation Pty Ltd.
  • Advising the AFL on all aspects of the contracting strategy, procurement, construction, commissioning and operations of A$225m Marvel Stadium upgrade.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills’ specialist areas encompass transport, energy and resources and infrastructure projects. The team is particularly knowledgeable of project financing though excels at every stage of the lifecycle from procurement to disputes. Among the key names are Toby Anderson, Geoff Hansen and senior associate Kate Bower.

Other key lawyers:

Kate Bower; Toby Anderson; Geoff Hansen;

Maddocks

Maddocks is equipped to support at every stage of a project’s lifespan, from inception through to subsequent disputes, and is able to supplement its core construction knowledge with planning and environment, project finance and commercial contract management expertise. In addition to working for private sector contractors, the team is frequently engaged by the government on significant infrastructure projects and also regularly serves as an advisor to regulators. The group is also acclaimed for residential and transport projects and includes Andrew Pitney, a lawyer with intimate knowledge of PPP projects who 'adds gravitas to every negotiation'. Simone Holding operates alongside Pitney in Melbourne; she heads the practice together with Sydney-based Andrew Chapman.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Chapman; Simone Holding

Testimonials

‘Stand-out partner: Andrew Pitney. He provides exceptional service, is always available, consistently adds value to every transaction, and adds gravitas to every negotiation.’

Key clients

All three tiers of Government (local, state and Commonwealth)

Diversified Minerals

Watpac Construction

Probuild Constructions

VicRoads

St Vincent’s Hospital

Jemena Electricity Networks

Texco Construction

WBHO Infrastructure

Goulburn-Murray Water

Court Services Victoria

Satterley Property Group

Work highlights

  • Appointed by a competitive tender to support the department’s Western Sydney Unit in the delivery of the Western Sydney Airport (WSA) Project.
  • Appointed by a competitive tender to advise TfNSW on the MTMS Stage 2. The MTMS Stage 2 involves significant complex construction in the rail corridor and is being delivered under a competitive bid incentivised delivery partner model, involving multiple interfaces with local councils, government authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Acted for Probuild Constructions Australia, in proceedings before Justice Digby in the Supreme Court of Victoria against V601 Developments. The dispute involved complex claims and counterclaims relating to delay and variations. The trial ran for 5 weeks.

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Arnold Bloch Leibler’s ‘exceptional breadth of capability and industry knowledge’ is distributed across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. It is equipped to support at every stage of large-scale residential apartment, commercial and mixed-use projects including construction agreements, financing, project management, disputes, leasing and the enforcement of building and development agreements. Melbourne-based Kevin Frawley helms the department which in addition to commercial developers and construction project sponsors, also counts a number of offshore, sovereign wealth entities and large private investors among its client list, including several from Malaysia, Singapore and China.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Frawley

Other key lawyers:

John Mengolian

Testimonials

‘Exceptional breadth of capability and industry knowledge. Contracts provide a lower risk exposure than any of their competitors.’

 

Key clients

State of Victoria

LK Property Group

Beulah International

Century Group Australia

S P Setia Bhd

Golden Age Group

Time & Place

MIT Australia

Gurner™

Aurumland Pty Ltd

Sydney Swans Football Club

Salta Properties

Steadfast Capital

Capital Alliance Group

The owners and developers of the Rialto Tower

Quandong Holdings Co Pty Ltd

R Corporation

Twaaj Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising the State of Victoria on a diverse range of matters in relation to major infrastructure projects, including the $11bn Metro Tunnel and $6.7bn West Gate Tunnel Project.
  • Acted for LK Property Group on the development of the Capitol Grand project. The development is located on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street, South Yarra. The development consists of two luxury residential towers including a total of 400 apartments, Capitol Grand Tower and the 50-storey LK Tower. The Capitol Grand Tower consists of 88 luxury apartments across 10 levels.
  • Advised Chinese-backed developer Century Group Australia (CGA) on the construction agreements and the subsequent sale of their new development ‘Flinders Bank’ to property developer Mirvac.

Clyde & Co LLP

Lawyers at Clyde & Co LLP are equipped to assist at all stages of a project’s lifecycle from planning and finance all the way through to construction, high-profile disputes, operation and maintenance. Sydney-based David McElveney serves as practice head, overseeing a team which is particularly active in respect of energy and resources, infrastructure, transport, commercial and residential development projects. Glen Warwick, hailed as 'a great client manager', splits his time between Sydney and Perth; he is an integral member of the practice with a track record in contract drafting and negotiation as well as domestic and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

David McElveney

Other key lawyers:

Glen Warwick; Tom Webb; Beth Cubitt

Testimonials

‘Adopt out of the box thinking to ensure delivery in challenging circumstances.’

‘Practical and strategic advice.’

‘Good coverage across the country.’

‘Glen Warwick, knowledgeable, great client manager, well rounded, good to work with.’

 

Key clients

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Limited

Growthbuilt Pty Ltd

CPB Contractors

Duro Felguera Australia Pty Ltd

John Holland

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Colin Biggers & Paisley is engaged by clients from a wide variety of sectors including commercial, residential, industrial energy, mining and resource, infrastructure, government, health and not-for-profit. In Sydney, practice head Brad Kermond is a trusted name for all forms of construction-related disputes including arbitration, mediation, court proceedings and expert determination procedures. His team is also active on the front-end, providing support on tenders, contract drafting, negotiations and eventual operation. The team provides a full-service offering through its close integration with the firm’s financing, litigation, property and development practices.

Practice head(s):

Brad Kermond

Key clients

PTW Architects

NSW Government / Transport for NSW

Government of Papua New Guinea

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction

John Holland

Richard Crookes Construction

Gekko Systems Pty Ltd

Toshiba

Sekisui House

Tzannes Associates

GHD

ASN Cement

Lipman

Work highlights

  • Advised GHD on the North West Rail Link project for more than five years.
  • Acting for the respondent manufacturer in a high-profile federal court class action which concerns claims, made by anyone who has or had property interests in buildings anywhere in Australia in the last 10 years, for rectification costs, diminution in value and other damages where particular combustible cladding products were used on those buildings.
  • Acting on a project involves 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.

Gadens Lawyers

At Gadens Lawyers, Daniel Middleton heads the practice from Melbourne, leveraging his experience in front and back-end matters alike; his team is primarily acclaimed for its work on major urban and retail developments in addition to social infrastructure projects. The drafting and negotiation of design, construction and procurement contracts are a core focus, as are operational, leasing, maintenance and eventual sales. Sydney-based Michael Bampton is also a standout name, noted for his administration assistance at each stage of a project’s lifecycle in addition to his capability in alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Middleton

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bampton

Key clients

AMP

BKK Architects

Cbus Property

Epworth Health

Healthscope Limited

Hengyi Australia

Hostplus

ISPT

Monash University

PDG Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Cbus Property on all property and construction aspects of the $1.25bn Collins Arch Development located at 447 Collins Street, Melbourne.      
  • Advised PDG Corporation in relation to the development of the Queen Victoria Market Munro Development Project comprising two towers rising to 38 storeys and 10 storeys, in addition to 500 car parks, a childcare centre, hotel and residential apartments.
  • Advised Blacktown City Council in relation to its collaboration with the Australian Catholic University for the establishment of a new university campus in Blacktown and other public infrastructure including a library, childcare facilities, community meeting spaces and an international sports training centre.

HFW

HFW fields a team with notably broad specialisms as it handles projects in the oil and gas industrial, logistics, residential, tourism, transport, commercial, and infrastructure sectors, among others. In Melbourne, practice head Nick Longley is particularly acclaimed for his handling of multi-party construction disputes with Sydney-based Ian Gordon serving as the key contact for front-end affairs. The team sets itself apart through its focus on heavy engineering and bespoke projects as well as its tendency to represent global EPC contractors. Furthermore, heavy emphasis is placed on cross-border work with the workload recently including projects in Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Practice head(s):

Nick Longley

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Blycha; Ian Gordon; Nick Watts

Key clients

BAM International

AECOM Services

Clough

Hamersley Iron

Qube Holdings

Mammoet

Salini Impregilo

Alstom Transport Australia

Hyundai Engineering and Construction

ADB Safegate BVBA

Work highlights

  • Representing BAMClough in the defence of claims made by its Subcontractor, McConnell Dowell, in relation to works to assemble the Product Loading Facility (PLF) for the A$44bn Wheatstone Liquefied Natural Gas Project.
  • HFW advised Qube on all aspects of the design and construct contract for an A$37m, 53,000 square meters warehouse as part of Sydney’s Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP), which will be Australia’s largest intermodal terminal.
  • Advised ADB Safegate on the 3rd runway project at Hong Kong International Airport.

Jones Day

Jones Day provides an end-to-end service which ranges from structuring greenfield developments through to private equity disposals and, as noted by clients, ‘complex construction and engineering disputes’. Brisbane-based John Cooper leads the practice which is noted as ‘well-plugged into the market at all levels’; he has a documented history of Supreme Court appearances and is well-positioned to support on infrastructure, building, defense, manufacturing, energy and resources projects.

Practice head(s):

John Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Annie Leeks; Steven Fleming

Testimonials

‘They are well plugged into the construction disputes & litigation community within Australia at all levels. Thus their advice on strategy and tactics to accomplish goals is spot on and achievable.’

‘John Cooper has assembled a strong team of partners and associates in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth that have been invaluable in executing the work they are doing for us on a very large construction project dispute. This includes Stephen Flemming, James Ebert and Annie Leeks.’

‘The team has the resources – in terms of skill level and numbers – to handle big, complex construction/engineering disputes. They also have the relevant sector and industry expertise to add value as an external advisor. We have built up a good level of trust in the relationship.’

‘A high level of engagement in the matter across all partners and associates and transparency in the various workstreams being undertaken at any one time. Individuals of note would include Annie Leeks who has a good understanding of what in house counsel’s expectations/needs are and is not only technically great but also very commercially minded. John Cooper has a wealth of experience. Pip Goldman is a very hard worker and is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘John Cooper and Eunice Lim provide tier 1 legal service in a boutique environment. Their ability to comprehend and break down complex legal matters is worth noting. Friendly and practical advice; client-focused.’

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

Orocobre Limited

John Dee Warwick Pty Limited

Ausenco Limited

Transurban Queensland

Jacfin Pty Limited

G&S Engineering

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Fluor Corporation (Fluor) in Supreme Court proceedings in Queensland in connection with 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
  • Acting for 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 CDJV in a dispute with MACH Energy regarding the design and construction of a Coal Handling and Processing Plant at the Mt Pleasant Mine in NSW.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson’s construction practice is fronted by Brisbane-based Michael Rochester, a specialist in mechanical, mining, electrical and infrastructure projects. Elsewhere, the Sydney office was recently bolstered by the arrival of Evan Economo; he previously served as deputy general of Downer Group and arrives with expertise in tendering, contract negotiation, joint ventures and consultancy agreements. Public, community and urban renewable projects are also a focus for the group which is home to extensive back-end offering and excels when it comes to project finance.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rochester

Key clients

Downer Group

Broadspectrum

NewCold

UGL Limited (UGL)

AW Jewel

Marubeni Infrastructure

Grocon

ABB Australia

Sandvik Mining and Construction Australia Pty Ltd (Sandvik)

Queensland Government Bulk Water Supply Authority (Seqwater)

Work highlights

  • Working closely with the Downer Group on a number of projects across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania providing both transactional and dispute management assistance.
  • Advising in relation to the approvals and project delivery for the upgrade of Lake MacDonald Dam, which is a major dam located on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Acting for 8 Councils in relation to their stakeholding in the Inland Rail Project, a $10bn project being delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation that will transport freight by rail between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Mills Oakley

At Mills Oakley, Melbourne-based Michael Loterzo is a new arrival from Lander & Rogers with extensive experience in building and construction documentation rights and liabilities, risk allocation and project delivery. He heads the practice together with Rechelle Brost in Brisbane, a specialist in high-rise constructions, mixed-use developments and transport hubs, as well as Andrew Wallis who is based in Sydney and represents developers, contractors and subcontracts with the full array of construction-related disputes. The group is also particularly well-regarded for risk allocation and contract administration with specialist knowledge of commercial, industrial, retail, engineering and infrastructure projects, among others.

Other key lawyers:

Scott Higgins; Scott Laycock

Testimonials

‘Solid mid-tier construction team – offers the same level of services as the largest firms. Commercial and strong knowledge of the construction industry. A good senior associate with partner availability. Prepared to undertake all levels of work at a high standard.’

‘Personal service from a partner with consistent support staff familiar with our business and operatives.’

‘Mills Oakley provides our business with boutique service. We have a long-lasting relationship and over the years, they have understood how our business operates and what our requirements and expectations from a legal consultant are. I like how they pick up the phone and talk to us about anything they think might be a concern or risk to our business even its a new regulation or a market trend which potentially would make us take action.’

‘I would like to mention Andrew Wallis here as the senior partner at Mills Oakley who is leading the construction law team. He has been working with Investa for many years providing us valuable advice on regulations, contract preparation and execution, negotiations and any other legal matter related to construction law. He is very experienced hence giving us comfort that we can easily follow his advice. he knows our processes and requirements and always trains his team to develop the same level of collaboration.’

‘Extremely commercial orientated and easy to work with. Contactable and flexible.’

‘Innovative thinkers who possess both technical and emotional intelligence when approaching challenges and identifying outcomes.’

 

Key clients

Coca-Cola Amatil

Billbergia

Graincorp

Woolworths

Mascot Towers Ownership Group

Mirvac

Galileo Group

Brisbane Airport Corporation

Hutchinson Builders

151 Property

Work highlights

  • Advising Hutchinson Builders in relation to the $1.1bn Herston Quarter Redevelopment Project located within Queensland’s Health Precinct.
  • Advising the Owners Corporation and responsible for coordination and instruction of the expert team with respect to investigations and remediation responses, identification of litigation prospects and strategy and providing general advice and assistance in relation to defective works.
  • Advising in relation to the design and construction of North Sydney’s tallest commercial building at 88 Walker Street, for a Billbergia SPV, which involves the construction of 252 hotel room suites and 13,000 square metres of commercial office space to a value in excess of $350m.

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman’s team enjoys a strong reputation for projects in the energy, infrastructure, resources, defence, transport, health and aged care sectors. The group thrives in respect of construction-related disputes and project delivery with the workload spanning procurement processes, interface arrangements, offtake, maintenance and operation matters. Practice head Martin Lovell operates from Adelaide with a history of supporting developers, government, sponsors and contractors on project finance, joint ventures, business structuring and development transactions. His team has recently seen an increase in its work in the renewable energy and transmission infrastructure areas. In Adelaide, Kathryn Walker is a 'very commercially focused and experienced lawyer', particularly in relation to renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lovell

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Walker

Testimonials

‘The team provides cost-effective, pragmatic commercial advice. They have a great depth of construction law knowledge across the offices. Megan Calder is focused on obtaining the required commercial outcome in a cost-effective way. Geoff Emmett thinks laterally and can be relied upon to deliver well thought out solutions.’

‘Piper Alderman has consistently provided accurate, pragmatic and efficient legal services to our organisation. We initially engaged Piper Alderman to assist us to prepare a range of contract templates for us. Our use of Piper Alderman over the last 12 months has expanded. Recently, they assisted us to prepare a complex deed of amendment to one of our largest managing contractor contracts. We required a very quick turnaround on this document and Piper Alderman worked over the weekend to ensure we had the document within a matter of days. If it was not for their intimate knowledge of our business and their expertise in the relevant area of law, the document would have taken at least double the time to prepare.’

‘We have been engaging Martin Lovell and Juniper Watson on a variety of matters for about 2 years now. Over this time, Martin and Juniper have developed an intimate understanding of our business and our needs. Their knowledge of our business, and their expertise in the subject matter, means that they are able to turnaround work for us at a rate which far exceeds that which we would expect from other law firms. We use Martin and Juniper to provide advice and assistance in a wide range of legal matters and they have consistently provided that advice and assistance efficiently and accurately. They have exceeded our expectations and we will continue to engage them where we require external counsel. They are highly professional but also very personable and able to communicate to lawyers and non-lawyers in a clear manner. They go above and beyond, and I have no hesitation in recommending Piper Alderman, and in particular Martin and Juniper.’

‘Depth of knowledge and experience across industry and industry participants enabling the provision of balanced, commercial advice. Martin Lovell is very approachable, listens well and communicates clearly. He is practical and commercial in his advice. His depth and breadth of experience is very evident. Juniper Watson is similar in style and has excellent technical knowledge. Megan Calder – exceptional knowledge of construction law and the construction industry.

‘High quality, fast and practical advice. Daniel Fitzpatrick is a seriously talented trusted advisor. Good, to the point advice.’

‘Geoffrey Emmett is the main Partner at Piper Alderman that provides Construction Engineering legal advise. His team is very responsive and understands the needs of our company. They are very professional and know where to seek additional advice if required. The service is equivalent to having a personal in-house lawyer but with the back up of a major organization.’

‘Martin Lovell is the best lawyer I have worked with in private practice. His intelligent, commercial and easy to understand advice is second to none. He is our first point of call in dealing with complex commercial matters and contracts. His demeanour in client meetings is exceptional and I would have no hesitation in having him attend meetings on our behalf.’

‘The unique ability of the team of Robert Riddell and Daniel Fitzpatrick to carefully consider the clients’ needs and deliver on that basis. To provide a very clear understanding of options and possible outcomes.’

‘Daniel Fitzpatrick has been a huge reason for our company surviving a very difficult time. His approach and dedication dragged me personally and my company through a period where we thought that an ongoing case may end us financially. He gained the best outcome at every stage. I never felt as though he was not part of our team, and more so was the driver behind the successful results achieved at every critical stage.’

‘Robert Riddell provided the upper management to make sure Daniel was given adequate support to allow our case to run so smoothly. He was there for me whenever needed.’

 

Key clients

ElectraNet Pty Ltd

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers

Watpac Construction Pty Limited

Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd

Australian Naval Infrastructure

Dufry (formerly The Nuance Group Pty Ltd)

Icon Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Quanta Services Australia Pty Ltd

Anitua Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising ElectraNet in relation to the SA-NSW Interconnector Project known as Project EnergyConnect.
  • Acting for SAPGen on the construction, delivery, connection, offtake and project financing arrangements for a proposed $600m hybrid gas fired power station.
  • Advising Civilex in relation to the development of a $300m, 55 turbine windfarm in NSW with all associated infrastructure, including preparing a Joint Venture Agreement between two contractors who, together, will perform all of the balance of plant (BOP) work.

Squire Patton Boggs

On the front-end, Squire Patton Boggs supports its clients on the entire range of commercial contracting arrangements, project delivery, tender and procurement. Its back-end offering is equalling as broad, encompassing the full suite of construction-related issues and supported by the firm’s international arbitration prowess. In Sydney, Cris Cureton operates across energy, resources, infrastructure and public sector sectors while in Perth, Greg Stenepreis has a history of working on urban development, public infrastructure and energy projects. Alexis Martinez is also located in Perth, having recently relocated from the London office; he arrives with notable expertise in international disputes, particularly those in the energy and mining space.

Testimonials

‘Squire Patton Boggs provides a unique blend of legal and technical expertise with exceptional commercial nous and knowledge of the sector.’

‘The firm takes the time to understand key risks and priorities for the client and then uses this strategic framework to manage matters and legal costs accordingly.’

‘The partners are always accessible and communicate clearly and frequently.

‘I felt very confident having Squire Patton Boggs on our team.’

‘Cris Cureton is one of the standout construction lawyers of his generation. He has an excellent grasp of construction law and highly technical engineering issues and is always “hands on”, keeping apprised of the detail even in very large matters where he is heading a team.’

 

Key clients

Dalian Huarui Heavy Industry International Company Limited

Far East Consortium – Dorset Hotel and Perth Hub developments

Far East Consortium – Ritz Carlton

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd

The University of Western Australia

Tennis NSW

Work highlights

  • Advising Far East Consortium on all aspects of the construction of three major projects: the Ritz Carlton development at Elizabeth Quay, the Dorset Hotel and the Perth Hub apartment complex.
  • Acting for Tennis NSW in relation to the retrofitting of a roof over the Ken Rosewall Arena, at Sydney Olympic Park for the ATP Cup event in January 2020.
  • Advising the University of Western Australia in relation to the design and construction of Forrest Hall Stage 2.

Hall & Wilcox

At Hall & Wilcox, the construction department spreads its focus across transportation, hospital, health, commercial, residential property, public sector, energy and utility projects. The team is home to both front and back-end capability with its workload spanning procurement, project structuring and project delivery matters in addition to delay, liquidated damages and professional negligence disputes. Headed by Melbourne-based John O’Kane, the group is well-versed in projects across the entirety of Australia, also occasionally handling those located overseas.

Practice head(s):

John O’Kane

Other key lawyers:

Mark Dessi; Paul O’Donnell

Testimonials

‘I have worked with a number of firms in Melbourne and I find Hall & Wilcox to be the most knowledgeable, professional and always try to keep their price contained. I have worked with them on a number of large scale contracts and they are always thorough and responsive.’

‘Mark Dessi is a very experienced, professional and approachable lawyer. He responds quickly to my needs and is always available to answer my questions.’

 

Key clients

NorthWest Healthcare

Corio Bay Dairy Group

AMP Capital

Cedar Woods Property

Impact Investment Group

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 Corporate – The Store

Compass Housing Group

Andritz Hydro

Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland (EBL)

Dawson Joint Venture/ Anglo American Mining

Spotlight Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Compass Housing Group in relation to the Social and Affordable Housing Fund. The client was awarded a contract to deliver 600 new social and affordable dwellings across NSW, with a deal value of A$44.
  • Advising Tracetebel Engineering S.A., Lombardi SA Ingegneri Consuleti and Coffey Major Projects (Vic) Pty Ltd, the sole provider of design services to the Future Generation Joint Venture for the Snowy Hydro project.
  • Acting for Andritz Hydro in relation to the K2-Hydro project. Andritz Hydro is the major supplier of mechanical equipment including the hydro generating plant and will be the operator and maintainer of the facility on a long term basis. The K2-Hydro plant will be the first pumped storage hydro project constructed in Australia for 30 years and is a ground-breaking renewable energy project valued at A$400m.

HWL Ebsworth

HWL Ebsworth handles infrastructure, mixed-use, hotel, residential and commercial projects on behalf of a client base which spans contractors, financiers, government entities, sponsors and principals. Ross Williams is among the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ross Williams

Jackson McDonald

Located in Perth, the team at Jackson McDonald spreads its offering across offshore energy, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, aged care and retirement, hotel and education-related projects, among others. Basil Georgiou, 'a stand-out name', leads the practice which prides itself on its ability to represent the full array of project participants including principals, developers, contractors, consultants and subcontractors. The group’s varied workload encompasses everything from front-end drafting through to back-end high-value adjudication claims.

Practice head(s):

Basil Georgiou

Testimonials

‘The team, led by Basil Georgiou, a Partner in the construction law department of the firm, have very good response time and the quality of their service is very high.’

‘Basil Georgiou, a Partner in the construction law department of the firm, is a standout. His service is very attentive and response time good. Well versed in the areas of law we have engaged him in. His advice is practical with commercial sensibilities, as opposed to just academic advice.’

Key clients

Karara Mining Ltd

Advance Formwork Pty Ltd

Curtin Heritage

Foundation Housing

City of Perth

Maintenance and Construction Services Pty Ltd

Melchor Pty Ltd

Housing Authority

DCE Electrical Pty Ltd

City of Fremantle

Primero Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a large mine owner (iron ore) in connection with significant disputes with two key contractors in excess (cumulatively) of $50m.
  • Advising Curtin Heritage on the development and construction of a significant, high profile, innovative aged care and retirement facility in Cottesloe (Western Australia).
  • Advising the City of Fremantle on the procurement of a key central Fremantle urban development, including innovative project bank account structures.

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Johnson Winter & Slattery’s construction practice is focused on upstream oil and gas, electricity, mining and government infrastructure projects. Operating from Perth, Will Coulthard serves as department head, providing input at each stage of the project lifecycle from drafting and tendering through to back-end disputes. The practice, which has notably expanded in recent years, was further bolstered by the recent arrival of Sydney-based Avendra Singh from Squire Patton Boggs; he brings urban renewal, residential, public utilities and commercial property knowhow to the team.

Practice head(s):

Will Coulthard

Other key lawyers:

Paul Turner; Avendra Singh

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).  This is one of the largest construction and procurement contracts being negotiated in Australia at the moment and is the single largest contract on the Barossa Project.
  • Advising on the Toliara Sands Project in Madagascar, an ilmenite, zircon and rutile mine project expected to have a 40+ year mine life.
  • Acting for the Australian subsidiary of international engineering consultancy WSP Global Inc. Transurban is the owner and operator of the Lane Cove traffic tunnel (LCT) in Sydney. It claims that the LCT has significant defects caused by defective design and construction which necessitate major rectification works.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates is active across the full lifecycle of projects from tendering and contract award through to construction and operation. Department head Sandra Steele is an expert in contract drafting, negotiation and disputes; she also holds the distinction of serving as an accredited adjudicator with the Royall Institution of Charted Surveyors. Simon Ashworth is based in Sydney alongside Steele and is a key name for energy and resources, transport and social infrastructure projects. The group prides itself on dispute minimisation and is also highly regarded for its security of payment work.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele

Other key lawyers:

Simon Ashworth

Testimonials

K&L Gates’ construction team is very capable and well regarded. Sandra Steele is an outstanding construction lawyer and partner. She is eminently knowledgeable, practicable and pragmatic, Sandra’s contractor-side experience means she understands my drivers and goals, and those of our clients. Sandra is client-focused and keeps me well informed. She is well regarded by her clients and peers alike.’

 

Key clients

ABB Australia Pty Limited

Acciona Construction

CPB Contractors

Downer EDI

Fletcher Construction Limited

Honeywell

Icon Constructions Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd

Illawarra Retirement Trust

Loreto Kirribilli Limited

Opal Aged Care

Programmed FM

Serco Australia Pty Ltd

Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd

Tenova

Work highlights

  • Advising Seymour Whyte with the negotiation and entering into of a joint venture for the Narrabri to North Star section (N2NS) of the Inland Rail project (the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia comprising 13 separate projects and spanning 1,700km rail line).
  • Advised on and prepared the design and construct main works agreement for Stages A & B for the development of the National Cricket Campus in Queensland.
  • Advising the UGL-CAF JV on its successful bid of up to 270 new trams, 30 year maintenance contract, construction of new tram maintenance facility, total capex of almost A$2bn.

Lander & Rogers

Lander & Rogers provides input at all stages of construction projects with specialist knowledge of cost-effective project delivery, risk mitigation, professional indemnity contracts, cladding claims and insurance claims, as well as a wealth of other disputes. Elon Zlotnick operates from Melbourne and is a specialist in construction contract preparation; he heads the practice alongside Sydney-based Charles Thornley, a policy coverage specialist.

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Stojanovich

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

QBE European Operations

CNA Hardy

Kellogg Brown & Root

Mott Macdonald

Ganellen Pty Ltd

Chubb Insurance Australia Limited

Newline Australia Insurance Pty Ltd

Woods Bagot

SMEC

ARAM Australia Pty Ltd

Emergent Cold Pty Ltd

Kmart Australia Limited

Camillo Builders Pty Ltd

EG Funds Management

Oliver Hume Property Funds Pty Ltd

Wesfarmers Limited – Panel Work

Bunnings Building Supplies

VMIA DBI

State Sports Centres Trust

Morelust Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting, in relation to the North West Rail Link, for the design joint venture defending a $A300m damages claim by Metro West contractors in the Supreme Court.
  • Acting as defence counsel on behalf of TfNSW in the Sydney Light Rail Class Action. It is alleged that TfNSW’s conduct in authorising or permitting the construction of the Sydney Light Rail and/or causing any delays associated with its construction constitutes both private and public nuisance.
  • Representing the design joint venture for alleged deficiencies in the design of the gantries and overhead signage for the Tullamarine Freeway widening project.

Moray & Agnew

Specialist areas for Moray & Agnew include alternative energy, utilities, education and tower development projects. In Newcastle, Sean O’Sullivan is a reputed name for security of payment expertise and also handles a range of construction-related claims including liquidated damages, time extensions and delay costs; he spearheads the practice alongside Melbourne-bases Bill Papastergiadis who counts several high-profile housebuilders among his client list. The team handles the full array of front and back-end work and is also particularly well-regarded for its work on construction agreements. In Melbourne, senior associate Phillip Vassiliadis 'inspires confidence through clear, direct advise, exceptional legal knowledge and a very engaging character'.

Other key lawyers:

Joel Sturgeon; Nathan Cutts;

Testimonials

‘Calm, level advice regardless of time constraints. Approachable and clear ability to simplify complex legal frameworks. Engaging throughout the legal services period. Clarity of issue when requested, no long complex feedback Client-centric, client legal protection always at the front of all advice.’

‘Phillip Vassiliadis – Accurate, available, concise and comforting. Phillip inspires confidence through clear, direct advise, exceptional legal knowledge and a very engaging character. Each encounter I am confident that the advice shared will protect my business interests and ensure the negotiations are easy for my businesses relationships to understand.’

 

Key clients

ACA Cladding

Akuo Energy

Anglican Care

Balmain & Co

Biosar Australia

Bridon Bekaert

CBRE

CEL Australia

City of Melbourne

Cotton Seed Distributors

Cushman & Wakefield

Department of Defence

Destination Living

EBG Developments

Element Five

Essendon Fields

Ever City Land Pty Ltd

Far East Consortium

Fasham Johnson

Free Shore (New City) Pty Ltd

GE Renewable Energy

GH Varley

Golf Victoria

Hunter H20

Hunter Water Corporation

JK Williams Contracting

Kingston Building (Australia)

Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Inc

Lahey Constructions

MAB Corporation

Mahercorp Pty Ltd

Metricon Homes

Milemaker Petroleum

Municipal Association of Victoria Legal Panel (including construction law)

Nash Management

Neocon Co Pty Ltd

Nick and Steve Nisiotis

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

Oakleigh One

Orange Building Solutions

Poly Developments and Hold

Work highlights

  • Advised Biosar Australia Pty Ltd and its parent company Ellaktor Group on ongoing project matters relating to eight solar farm projects across Australia with a total project value in excess of $1bn.
  • The team continues to act for Far East Consortium in the construction and development of West Side Place precinct, Victoria’s largest residential development, with four towers joined by interconnected podium levels in Melbourne’s CBD, valued in excess of $1.4bn
  • Our construction projects, property and commercial teams are advising a long-standing client, the University of Newcastle, on all legal issues associated with its development of a host of high value and strategically significant construction projects, including the: Callaghan STEMM facility, Honeysuckle City Campus and Bioresources Facility.

Thomson Geer

Under the leadership of Brisbane-based Andrew Kelly, Thomson Geer’s practice takes a cradle to grave approach to construction projects, acting from contract preparation and tender through to resulting disputes. The team is reputed for a broad range of projects including those in the water treatment, airport and hospitality sectors, also recently noting an uptick in its work in the renewable, transport and port spaces. Other areas of distinguished capability include insolvency risks and security of payment legislation. The team is boosted with the arrival of Geoff Wood and Franco Aversa in June 2021 from Baker McKenzie.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Kelly

Testimonials

‘Very easy to work with, approachable with good access to very capable partners.’

‘Simon Ralton – always steps up to help, and understands issues quickly, to provide high-quality advice to the business.’

 

Work highlights

  • Acting in relation to a dispute with Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd (WICET) regarding civil and construction works associated with the development of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal at Gladstone in Queensland.
  • Acting for Adelaide Airport Limited in relation to the Terminal Expansion Project, in both a construction and property capacity.
  • 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.