Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Infrastructure projects and construction

Hamilton Locke advises developers and institutional owners across all aspects the full life cycle of major projects, including on tendering, risk assessment, project delivery, and post-completion issues.
HFW typically acts for contractors and consultants involved in transportation and renewable energy development projects. Alex McKellar, Nick Longley, Antony Riordan and Ken Hickman (who joined from Jones Day in mid-2023) are the key partners based in Melbourne.
Led by Paul Tobin, Sparke Helmore Lawyers offers broad expertise in construction law and project management, with a strong track record in dispute resolution, acting for clients in the construction, engineering, property development, ports and education sectors.

Infrastructure projects and construction in Australia


Housing a ‘diverse range of experience‘, Ashurst remains at the forefront of the development of major projects across Australia, evidenced by its work on the Perth Metronet and the Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade. Sydney-based Lee McDonald, Krista Payne and practice head Angus Foley continue to support the Parklife Metro consortium as the successful bidder on the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport rail PPP project, with counsel Ben Kipic advising on contracts and tender documentation for construction and infrastructure projects. Grant Rowlands leads the front-end construction, infrastructure and contracting team in Melbourne, which also includes David Jardine, a specialist in PPP, concessions, outsourcing and construction procurement.

Practice head(s):

Angus Foley

Other key lawyers:

Lee McDonald; Grant Rowlands; Krista Payne; David Jardine; Ben Kipic


‘The strength in depth is testament to the calibre of recruitment, retention and performance of the team. The leadership from partners through to senior associates is unparalleled from my experience of Australian law firms.’

‘Diversity of skills covering the commercial, policy and regulatory context, which is valuable in documentation drafting. Experience on both sides of transactions to provide an understanding and assessment of why certain positions are being put and how they can be navigated. Depth of experience to provide real life context to inform consideration of positions.’

‘Diverse range of experience that is helpful in solving project issues.’

Key clients

Sydney Metro


Keolis Downer

Transport for NSW

State Solicitor’s Office (WA)


Aware Super

Department of Defence

University of Melbourne

Department of Transport and Planning (Vic)

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Department of Transport and Main Roads (Qld)

Work highlights

  • Advising TfNSW on all aspects of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade.
  • Advising Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads on the A$7.1bn Queensland Train Manufacturing Program, which involves the procurement and maintenance of 65 trains, a manufacturing facility, a maintenance depot and a stabling yard.
  • Advised NewGen Networks (comprising Plenary, Essential Energy and CDPQ) on its bid for the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) network operator role.

Clayton Utz

Standing out as ‘a strong infrastructure projects practice with a depth of capability to ensure expert and responsive service at all times‘, Clayton Utz‘s market-leading team is involved in Australia’s most transformative transport infrastructure projects. James Kendal (in Canberra) and Joanna Pugsley (in Melbourne) make up the core team advising the ACT Government on the A$1 billion ACT Light Rail PPP project. Brisbane-based Sergio Capelli is highly skilled in drafting construction project documentation. In Sydney, Frank Bannon leads on contentious construction mandates, and construction partner and practice head Graham Read is a trusted advisor to  government entities such as the Department of Defence and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Practice head(s):

Graham Read

Other key lawyers:

James Kendal; Joanna Pugsley; Frank Bannon; Sergio Capelli


‘Highly skilled, good technical expertise, reasonable and sensible approach with counterparties, demonstrated understanding of our commercial and business needs.’

‘A strong infrastructure projects practice with a depth of capability to ensure expert and responsive service at all times.’

‘Clayton Utz’s infrastructure projects and construction practice offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in the projects, construction and transport industries. The partners in this practice are hardworking and adaptable and are trusted commercial advisors that always provide timely and specifically tailored advice to clients.’

Key clients

Australian Rail Track Corporation

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Brisbane City Council

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Transport for NSW

Sydney Metro

WSA Co Limited


Sydney Water

Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV)

Major Transport Infrastructure Authority – North East Link Project

Department for Infrastructure and Transport (South Australian Government)

Department of Justice and Community Safety

Stanwell Corporation

Department of Transport and Planning (Victoria)

Squadron Energy (including subsidiaries Australian Industrial Energy & Australian Industrial Power)

Work highlights

  • Advising Australian Rail Track Corporation on the A$14.5 billion Inland Rail programme, a 1,700 kilometre freight rail line connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets and one of the largest infrastructure projects currently being undertaken in Australia.
  • Advising the State of Victoria on the A$15.8 billion North East Link project, including closing the Central Package PPP, which represents the largest investment in a road project in Victoria’s history.
  • Advised the Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action on the procurement of the Victorian Container Deposit Scheme, a A$12 billion product stewardship scheme aimed at transforming the state’s waste and recycling system.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Boasting ‘excellent depth of team and industry knowledge‘, Corrs Chambers Westgarth‘s sizeable bi-coastal practice made great strides in expanding its front-end project capabilities with the high-profile lateral hires of Allen & Overy‘s projects co-head Adam Stapledon and project finance partners James Abbott and Simon Huxley (all of whom joined the Sydney office in late 2022). ‘Exceptional problem solverChris Ryder (in Perth) and ‘technically brilliant‘ practice co-head Andrew Stephenson (in Melbourne) are the standout construction lawyers, while Joseph Barbaro is another key Melbourne contact for project delivery and outsourcing. Litigators Carla Mills and practice co-head Matthew Muir are also highly recommended in Sydney and Brisbane, respectively. In Victoria, senior partner John Walter and David Warren act for governments, sponsors, contractors and financiers on road and rail PPPs, rolling stock procurement and social infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stephenson; Matthew Muir

Other key lawyers:

Adam Stapledon; James Abbott; Simon Huxley; Chris Ryder; Joseph Barbaro; Carla Mills; David Warren; John Walter


‘Partner accessibility, responsiveness, commercial advice, depth of industry knowledge.’

‘Excellent depth of team and industry knowledge. Corrs are able to mobilise large teams to handle large and tricky matters.’

‘Matthew Muir is highly engaged with the market my company operates within and is generally across areas of interest before we are. Matt’s commercial acumen and broad experience is a highly valuable commodity to be leveraged when providing counsel on large international projects and commercial disputes.’

‘Corrs Chambers Westgarth approach every matter, irrespective of complexity or how big/small the engagement, with absolute professionalism. They showed exceptional subject matter expertise, while being engaged on very different matters, engaging the right specialists in-house. Corrs simplified their engagement in terms of billing, looking for the solutions that first met their clients’ needs.’

‘Chris Ryder is an exceptional problem solver. Chris is able to think ten moves ahead to take the best position on a matter.’

‘Andrew Stephenson is an encyclopaedia of construction law, with deep strategic insights. Andrew understands all of the levers that are available to resolve matters, and the potential pitfalls, and importantly, how to avoid them.’

‘Andrew Stephenson is technically brilliant but what makes him unique is his ability to build high-performing teams. There is excellent integration between lawyers and counsel which leads to a good working environment and ultimately a better result for the client.’

‘The standout partner is Joseph Barbaro. Joe instils a trust and confidence in the client. Able to make himself available for key activities and meets the expectation of the client in this space with consideration for balancing the expertise requirements at each stage.’

Key clients



CPB Contractors

Downer Group


John Holland Group

Queensland Government



Victorian Government

NSW Government

Fortescue Metals Group / Fortescue Futures Industries

MACH Energy

Laing O’Rourke



Work highlights

  • Advising the first ranked proponent, ACE Energy (Acciona, Cobra, Endeavour Energy and Capella), on its bid to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the transmission network infrastructure for the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone.
  • Continuing to advise Santos on the circa A$23 billion GLNG project, an Australian multibillion-dollar investment involving the extraction and processing of coal seam gas in inland Queensland.
  • Advising INPEX on resolving a series of ongoing, complex disputes relating to the engineering, procurement and construction of the A$37 billion Ichthys LNG project, a large offshore and onshore oil and gas project in Australia.

King & Wood Mallesons

Comprised of ‘highly capable, pragmatic and commercial lawyers‘, King & Wood Mallesons is a prominent name for project development, construction and engineering procurement, project finance, and M&A and regulatory compliance. It is also known for its market-leading construction litigation practice, which is led by Peter Pether and also includes Hamish Macpherson, Amy Munro (in Melbourne) and Scott Watson (in Brisbane), who have extensive experience of advising principals, contractors and consultants in complex termination disputes, bond demand proceedings, variation and defects claims, and enforcements. Chris Mitchell, Mark Upfold (who leads the energy, resources and infrastructure sector team) and Scott Budd (who heads the national front-end construction practice from Brisbane) lend their expertise to infrastructure and construction front-end project work. Brisbane-based managing partner Craig Rogers oversees the practice. All lawyers are based in Sydney unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Craig Rogers; Mark Upfold; Peter Pether; Scott Budd

Other key lawyers:

Hamish Macpherson; Amy Munro; Scott Watson; Chris Mitchell


‘The KWM infrastructure and projects team in Brisbane are extremely personable, knowledgeable and responsive. Advice provided is always timely and fit for purpose, with the ability to either jump straight to the point or go into extensive detail as required.’

‘The work performed for me in the infra M&A space has been exemplary. Highest legal quality delivered, as expected, and exceptional responsiveness and care taken with my work. The ease of working with the core team and the attentiveness shown have made this team my go-to and preferred practice in this space. I would classify them as second to none.’

‘The team are highly capable, pragmatic and commercial lawyers. Their client-centric focus is evident in the manner they approach all of their work. Juxtaposed with a great work ethic and can-do attitudes, their output is prodigious in quantity and quality.’

Key clients

Transport for NSW

Transurban Limited




Lendlease Corporation Limited

Infrastructure NSW


Queensland Airports Limited



Charter Hall

Port of Melbourne Operations Pty Ltd


Clean Energy Finance Corp

Gladstone Ports Corporation


Future Fund Board of Guardians


John Holland

Macquarie / Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Wren House Infrastructure Management Limited

Perth Airport Pty Ltd

Hobart International Airport

Tasmanian Department of State Growth


Work highlights

  • Advised Laing O’Rourke on its bid on the multi-billion dollar Queensland Train Manufacturing Program, which involves the delivery and maintenance of a large fleet of trains, including the construction of manufacturing and maintenance facilities.
  • Advising Vector Limited on the conditional deal to sell 50% of its smart metering business (Vector Metering) in Australia and New Zealand to Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).
  • Advising on the design and construction joint venture between CPB Contractors Pty Limited (formerly Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd) and HEB Construction Limited in relation to a number of claims arising through the delivery of the Transmission Gully road PPP.


Minter Ellison continues to be instructed by government bodies and developers on high-profile front-end and back-end infrastructure mandates; in one recent example, Jonathon Williams led the Brisbane team to assist Queensland Rail on all aspects of the Cross River Rail and the Inner City European Train Control System project. Sydney-based Elizabeth McKechnie has extensive expertise in project development and large-scale infrastructure contract negotiations and dispute resolution. Peter Wood (in Melbourne) and Andrew Orford (in Brisbane) are heavyweight construction litigators. Also in Melbourne, infrastructure industry lead Owen Cooper and senior advocate Stewart Nankervis are the lead partners in the planning and delivery of complex construction, PPP and infrastructure projects, and managing partner Cameron Ross oversees the construction business unit.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Ross; Owen Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Jonathon Williams; Elizabeth McKechnie; Peter Wood; Andrew Orford; Stewart Nankervis


‘Andrew Orford is an excellent practitioner. Sensible, commercial and smart. He is always available and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Victorian Government

Gladstone Area Water Board


CPB Contractors Pty Ltd and Acciona Infrastructure Projects Australia Pty Ltd

Sydney Metro

Rail Projects Victoria

Queensland Rail

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dexus in relation to its appointment as exclusive developer of, and its acquisition of a majority ownership interest in, Atlassian’s new headquarters in Sydney.
  • Advised Sydney Metro on the third and final package for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport line, which included providing advice throughout the procurement process, from the preparation of the EOI and RFP for each package, through to contract close.
  • Advising Victoria University on the development of the Health Innovation Centre on the university’s Footscray Park Campus by way of a PPP.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out for its end-to-end offering across the lifespan of major energy transition and renewable energy projects, and is also known for its capabilities in social infrastructure projects. Kevin Arkwright, Alex Whiteside, Luke Van Grieken (in Melbourne) and Steven Choi are the key partners of note for front-end construction and infrastructure delivery mandates. The practice has also been bolstered by several significant recruitments: Ben Bradstreet moved over to the Perth office from King & Wood Mallesons in March 2023, bringing complementary commercial expertise in competitive tenders and bid processes, procurements and contracts, and in August 2023, the firm welcomed construction partners Glen Warwick and David McElveney and special counsel Chloe Blackwell, all from Clyde & Co LLP. All lawyers are based in Sydney unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Alex Whiteside; Luke van Grieken

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Arkwright; Steven Choi; Ben Bradstreet; David McElveney; Glen Warwick; Chloe Blackwell


‘Alex Whiteside is a pleasure to work with. A very smart lawyer. He also brings a helpful and realistic commercial lens.’

Key clients



AMP Capital


Australian Energy Operations

BIX Capital B. V. (BIX)

BMD Constructions

Canadian Solar


Calvary Health Care

Cape Flattery Silica Mines

Capella Capital

City of Sydney

CWP Renewables

Department of Defence

Essential Energy

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

Fortis Development Group

Genex Power


Hansen Yuncken

Hi-Quality Group


John Holland Group

Kane Contractors


Macquarie Capital

Plenary Group

Queensland Government

RES Group

Roberts Co


Sydney Water

Taurus Century

TEC Hedland


Transport for NSW

WSP Australia Pty Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Vestas as EPC contractor on the development of the Golden Plains Wind Farm in Victoria, which will be the largest wind project in the southern hemisphere.
  • Advised Capella Capital and the equity and project sponsor of the Exemplar Health consortium on the successful tender regarding the design, construction, operation and financing of the A$605 million Frankston Hospital.
  • Represented four related Lendlease entities in dispute relating to Federal Court proceedings commenced by the liquidators for Hastie Group against a number of major contractors in respect of alleged amounts owing to Hastie.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘very collaborativePinsent Masons LLP has ‘excellent capability in the construction and engineering field‘. In Sydney, Mark Waddell utilises his unique civil engineering and front-end infrastructure background to advise public and private sector clients on social, water, road and rail infrastructure and renewable energy projects. Similarly, Melbourne-based infrastructure partner James Morgan-Payler focuses on procurement models such as ECI, EPC and PPP projects. Matthew Croagh (in Melbourne) and Robert Buchanan (in Sydney) are lead counsel in construction litigation. Sydney-based Adam Perl is active in tenders and procurement and project delivery structuring.

Practice head(s):

Fraser McMillan; Mark Waddell; Jim Hunwick

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Croagh; James Morgan-Payler; Robert Buchanan; Adam Perl


‘The people have excellent capability in the construction and engineering field. Very collaborative and always willing to challenge views and be challenged.’

‘Adam Perl invests the time to understand your business so he can align advice with the business. His approach means that he is accepted and sought out by operations of the business – they respect his advice and choose to work with him. That depth of his connectivity with operations is a standout.’

‘Experienced, respected partners with expertise that covers the field of work that we require.’

Key clients

Webuild S.p.A.

GS Engineering & Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Armadale Line Upgrade Alliance – Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd, AECOM Australia Pty Ltd, B.M.D. Constructions Pty. Limited & WSP Australia Pty Limited

Goldwind Australia

Siemens Mobility Pty Ltd joint venture

Seymour Whyte (a Vinci company) and BMD Constructions joint venture

Ventia Australia Pty Limited (Ventia)

Samsung C&T Australia

Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and Ferrovial Australia joint venture

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

Genus Infrastructure (NSW) Pty Ltd

FCC Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Lendlease Building and Watpac Construction, as part of the CQC bidding consortium, in their bids relating to the Circular Quay Renewal project in Sydney, a mega project which will rejuvenate and enhance one of Sydney’s most iconic areas.
  • Advising Ventia as part of the Spark roads consortium’s successful tender to provide 25 years of operation and maintenance services for the North East Link PPP project – Victoria’s largest road/tunnel project.
  • Advising Acciona and Ferrovial on its successful bid as D&C contractor JV for the design and construction of the 11 kilometre twin tunnels between Westmead and The Bays for the Sydney Metro West project.


At Allens, Sydney-based Leighton O’Brien advises financiers, government and private owners, concessionaries and contractors on the procurement and delivery of road, rail and PPP projects. David Donnelly, who has developed a specialisation in resource development projects and project financing transactions, leads the national projects and development practice from Melbourne, where Nick Rudge is highly recommended for construction work.

Practice head(s):

David Donnelly

Other key lawyers:

Leighton O’Brien; Nick Rudge


‘Nick Rudge leads a team of first-class lawyers who are client focused and cost effective. They have invested time to build a relationship and to understand our business and its market context. We use them when needed for highly complex matters and are always very pleased with the outcome that Allens enables.’

‘Nick Rudge is an outstanding lawyer committed to understanding the issue and delivering tailored advice which is spot on to the client need. The team deliver value for money and are first class people to deal with.’

Key clients

Transport for NSW

Capella Capital

Energy Corporation of NSW

InfraRed and John Laing

Equinor Wind Power AS

APT Management Services Pty Ltd



Iluka Resources Limited

Nexif Energy Australia Pty Ltd

Capella Capital Group


Australian Super

GoldLin Q

CWP Renewables

Mytilineos SA


Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for New South Wales on the procurement of the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace.
  • Advised the Network REZolution consortium (comprising APA Group and Pacific Partnerships) on its bid to be selected by EnergyCo NSW to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain new transmission network infrastructure within the Central-West Orana REZ.
  • Advised Multiplex on several projects, including the Sydney Fish Market redevelopment, the Western Sydney Airport and the Ribbon project.

Baker McKenzie

Offering ‘strong capability‘ with ‘national leading partners‘, Baker McKenzie is a good choice for transport infrastructure projects and for representing investors involved in greenfield and brownfield projects. Sydney-based Alex Hartmann is a project delivery expert; in Brisbane Leigh Duthie specialises in construction law; and in Melbourne Charlie Detmold is recognised for his knowledge of infrastructure financing. The firm’s construction and renewable energy offering in Sydney was bolstered in mid-2023 by the hires of former Norton Rose Fulbright partners Emanuel Confos, who heads the construction practice and has extensive expertise in acting for developers on D&C and EPC contract matters, and litigator Harriet Oldmeadow.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Duthie; Charlie Detmold

Other key lawyers:

Alex Hartmann; Emanuel Confos; Harriet Oldmeadow


‘Strong capability. National leading partners.’

‘The team stand out for depth of their experience in large infrastructure projects of relevance to our sector. In a recent project the firm demonstrated the breadth of expertise and they collaborated with each other effectively.’

Key clients




Cbus Property

China Everbright Bank Co. Ltd


mRNA Victoria

Metis Energy

Monno Pty Ltd and Costa Asset Management


Ventia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Metis Energy in relation to its entry into the Australian market, including preparing EPC and O&M agreements.
  • Assisted OMERS with negotiating and documenting a committed non-recourse financing package from NAB and RBC in support of their successful bid for TPG Telecom’s mobile towers assets.
  • Advised mRNA Victoria (a division of the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions) in structuring the deal between the Commonwealth Government, the State of Victoria, Moderna Australia and Monash University for the establishment of a combined vaccine manufacturing facility and fill/finish facility at Monash University.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's integrated projects department boasts both commercial and contentious capabilities, advising developers, investors, public authorities and contractors on the full range of infrastructure and property development work. Brisbane-based Stephen Webb leverages his background in construction and project finance in Asia and the Middle East to assist with domestic renewable energy projects and those located in Timor, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and Vietnam. In Melbourne, senior partner John Gallagher is another standout name for project structuring and delivery. Gitanjali Bajaj and Richard Edwards lead on construction litigation and arbitration from the Sydney and Perth offices, respectively. Perth-based Alyson Eather chairs the national finance, projects and restructuring group, and is Australia lead for the firm’s leadership alliance for women programme.

Practice head(s):

Richard Edwards; Alyson Eather

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Webb; John Gallagher; Gitanjali Bajaj


‘Alyson Eather and her team have provided excellent legal advice on contracts and procurement for our project, and were able to integrate international and local requirements into their advice and the drafting of the contract document. Alyson showed great resilience, with a never-give-up approach while supporting us in dealing with a particularly difficult supplier.’

Key clients

National Intermodal Corporation Limited

PT Unilever Oleochemical Indonesia Unilever

BE Power Solutions

Hyundai Movex Co., Ltd

Suez Water Pty Ltd

Western Australian Cricket Association Limited

Hydrostor Australia Pty Ltd

Country Fire Authority (CFA)

Lower Murray Urban and Rural Water Corporation (Lower Murray Water)

Samsung C&T Corporation

Hitachi Zosen Inova

Hyundai Rotem Company

Merricks Capital

Asia Development Bank

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Engie Energie Services and Mitsui & Co, Ltd

Solar United Network Pte, Ltd

Downer Energy

Kalapataru Power Transmission Limited


Sacyr Concesiones, S.L Valoriza Servicios


Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Hyundai Movex on its successful tender for the design, supply and installation of mechanical gap fillers and platform screen doors for stations on the T3 Bankstown Line, as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.
  • Advising Unilever on the large-scale procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of its new and existing oleochemical processing plants in North Sumatra, Indonesia.
  • Advised Engie on all aspects of the development of a renewable hydrogen production facility, from negotiating the key project and finance documentation to due diligence and real estate, planning and environment and native title issues.

Herbert Smith Freehills

At Herbert Smith Freehills, Andrew Griffiths is particularly well regarded for major road and rail projects, while fellow partners Nicholas Carney and Kristen Percy are skilled in the structuring, procurement and governance of complex infrastructure projects. Toby Anderson‘s practice concentrates on connection and transmission agreements, pipeline and gas storage projects, and project delivery, and Erin Wakelin leads the project finance offering. Geoffrey Hansen (in Melbourne) and senior associate Kate Bower (in Perth) are noted for construction disputes. All lawyers are based in Sydney unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Toby Anderson; Erin Wakelin; Geoffrey Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Griffiths; Nicholas Carney; Kristen Percy; Kate Bower

Key clients

NSW Government (including Transport for NSW)

Energy Corporation of NSW

CIMIC Group (including Pacific Partnerships and UGL)


TasNetworks/Marinus Link Pty Ltd

Macquarie Group

Capella Capital/Lendlease

Work highlights

  • Advised Hitachi Rail (as part of the Bradfield Metro consortium) on its various roles within that consortium, including as equity investor and rolling stock supplier in relation to the consortium’s bid for the Sydney Metro’s stations, systems, trains, operations and maintenance package.
  • Advising the Energy Corporation of New South Wales on the design and implementation of Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) to support renewable energy development.
  • Advising Marinus Link Pty Ltd in relation to the development of the Marinus Link project, which entails the development of a 1,500MW second electricity interconnector across the Bass Strait.

White & Case

Praised for its ‘exceptional understanding of complex infrastructure projects and documentation’, White & Case team is highly recommended for M&A, project finance, construction and project development, as well as contentious matters. Brad Strahorn and Kate Perumal (both based in Sydney) and Alan Rosengarten are trusted counsel in high-value disputes within the transportation and renewables sectors. Andrew Clark serves as global head of the Asia-Pacific energy, infrastructure and projects practice and is a leader in the representation of key players in the transport and rail sectors. Jared Muller and Adeline Pang are skilled in the preparation and negotiation of engineering, procurement and construction contracts. All lawyers are based in Melbourne unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark; Brad Strahorn; Kate Perumal; Alan Rosengarten; Jared Muller; Adeline Pang


‘Market knowledge, excellent communication skills, client oriented, efficient processes, great level of coordination.’

‘Extremely strategic and commercial. Exceptional understanding of complex infrastructure projects and documentation, and good at managing multiple party negotiations.’

‘Alan Rosengarten is an outstanding infrastructure and projects practitioner. He is extremely commercial and strategic. He looks for solutions to complex problems. He has a wonderful calm manner which is essential in tense multi-party negotiations. He understands our business deeply which makes him someone we readily turn to.’

Key clients

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

AusNet Services Group (AusNet)


Macquarie Capital

Igneo Infrastructure Partners

Neoen Capital

Brookfield Asset Management

HyperOne Pty Ltd

Star of the South

Perdaman Urea Plant

Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd

Brookfield Infrastructure Group (Australia) Pty Ltd

Genesee & Wyoming Inc (G&W)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Suburban Rail Loop Authority in relation to the procurement and delivery of the AU$50 billion Suburban Rail Loop.
  • Advising AusNet on its bid to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to build, own and operate the contestable assets for the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project.
  • Advised TagEnergy on the development and project financing of the AU$2 billion, 756MW initial stage of the 1,300MW Golden Plains Wind Farm in Rokewood in Victoria, Australia.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin leverages its multi-disciplinary expertise in corporate advisory, finance and construction mattters to support sponsors, contractors, financiers and government entities involved in large-scale projects. In Sydney, construction and infrastructure partner Kon Nakousis represents clients in the negotiation of contracts, namely in relation to wind and solar farms, rail, roads, airports and sporting facilities, and Peter Doyle is recognised for his work in privatisation and social infrastructure PPPs. Alexander Danne leads the practice from Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Danne

Other key lawyers:

Kon Nakousis; Peter Doyle


‘I regard Gilbert + Tobin’s greatest strength as its ability to bring together a broad set of skills when working for us on a significant project. And doing so in a seamless, client-facing manner. We have seen this approach bring together finance, construction, litigation and energy, which are often relevant to our larger projects.’

‘In this team we have worked with Alex Danne and Kon Nakousis. They have the necessary expertise in infrastructure projects, understand our business intimately and have the dedication and enthusiasm to get the job done. The team is also well respected by other law firms, making most projects or transactions amiable. Alex Danne and Kon Nakousis are well regarded across the industry.’

Key clients


Alinta Energy

APA Group




GE Renewables

HRL Morrison & Co

Infrastructure Capital Group (ICG) / Foresight Group




John Holland

Macquarie Asset Management

Oceania Biofuels

Pacific Hydro


Programmed FM


Syrah Resources

Tilt Renewables / PowAR

Tetris Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised the Plenary/Serco consortium on its bid to acquire an 81% joint venture interest (with the State of Victoria retaining 19%) for the operation and modernisation of the VicRoads motor vehicle registration and licensing and custom plates business.
  • Advised Plenary Group on its successful bid for the UNSW Health Translation Hub, a marquee commercial and medical research building within the Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct.
  • Advised APA Group on all aspects of its $773 million acquisition of Basslink, including APA’s acquisition of 100% of the secured bank debt, and the entry into revised network services and operational arrangements with Hydro Tasmania and the State of Tasmania, respectively.

Johnson Winter Slattery

Johnson Winter Slattery has recently bolstered the procurement and project delivery capability of its Brisbane team with the additions of former Allens partner Michael Hogan, who brings expertise in alliance contracts in the water infrastructure sector and in projects across Australia and in Papua New Guinea to the firm, and Aleisa Crepin, a specialist in construction disputes, from Baker McKenzie LLP, in March and July 2023, respectively. In the emerging Papua New Guinea oil sector, Perth-based duo Will Coulthard and Peter Smith are continuing to advise Santos on the acquisition of a floating storage offtake vessel for its KPS Papua New Guinea project.

Practice head(s):

Will Coulthard

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hogan; Peter Smith; Aleisa Crepin

Key clients

Sunwater Limited

Pembroke Resources Pty Limited

Rio Tinto Limited

Steamships Trading Company Limited

Arafura Resources

Santos Limited

CBH Group

WSP Australia Pty Ltd

ProTom International

Mondial VGL Logistics


Golder Associates Pty Ltd

a2 Milk

Elanor Investors Group

First Quantum Minerals Ltd

Wood Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Arafura Resources on the development of the Nolans Rare Earths Project, which will encompass a mine, process plant and related infrastructure at the Nolans site in the Northern Territory.
  • Acting for WSP Australia Pty on claims that the Lane Cove Tunnel has significant defects caused by defective design and construction which necessitate major rectification works.
  • Advising Sunwater (a Queensland Government-owned corporation) on the Burdekin Falls Dam Improvement Project to ensure the long-term viability of the dam.

K&L Gates

Led by ‘legendSandra Steele, K&L Gates' Sydney-based team maintains strong front and back-end construction capabilities, participating in significant infrastructure projects and related disputes across Australia. Steele has 25 years’ experience in contract drafting and negotiation, litigation, and uniquely, in security of payment claims. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable and responsiveSimon Ashworth focuses his practice on PPPs for electricity transmission lines, road, hospitals and defence contracting.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele

Other key lawyers:

Simon Ashworth


Competent team led by Sandra Steele. They care about their client and importantly about the outcome.’

‘Sandra Steele. Legend. Always has your back in that she knows the pressures from an internal business perspective given her vast experience in-house. She helps you navigate your business pain-points.’

‘Sandra Steele has a unique ability to advise clients needing front-end and back-end legal services.’

‘Sandra Steele is a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer. She has excellent technical skills, which are paired with a pragmatic and commercial approach. Sandra consistently delivers excellent client services and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Simon Ashworth stands out – incredibly knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Simon Ashworth is user friendly and hands-on.’

‘There is a depth of knowledge and skill in the team, led by a technically brilliant, yet personable, partner. The team work collaboratively and are available to pick up where the last person left off, meaning quicker turn-around times. There is a genuine commitment to nurturing and growing the client relationship. This is demonstrated by the team’s responsiveness and curiosity to learn about the business as a whole, not just the specific project.’

‘Having worked for both D&C and O&M parties, K&L Gates are very well placed to understand the other party’s positions and reasons for adopting those positions, enabling a tailored resolution of differences to the satisfaction of both parties. Deep understanding of the contracting nuances in complex infrastructure projects, ensuring the client’s position is protected to the best extent possible.’

Key clients

ABB Australia Pty Limited


Cairns Airport Pty Ltd


Fuchs Lubricants

Mackay Airport

UGL Limited

CPB Contractors

ACCIONA Construction Australia


Keolis Downer

Hyandai Engineering and Construction

Downer EDI


Elecnor Australia Pty

Fletcher Construction Limited


Icon Constructions Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd

Illawarra Retirement Trust

Loreto Kirribilli Limited

Opal Aged Care

Programmed FM

RATCH Australia

Serco Australia Pty Ltd

Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd

Translational Research Institute Pty Ltd


Sydney Airport Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Keolis Downer on the next project in the Sydney Metro portfolio for the operations and maintenance contract for Sydney Metro West, the 24km underground metro railway connecting new and existing stations.
  • Advising DMS Maritime on the procurement for the design and Australian build of a fleet of new amphibious vehicles (Littoral Manoeuvre Vessels) for the Australian Army.
  • Advising the CPB, UGL and Hyundai joint venture on the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone network operator project.

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman continues to work with the government on a number of significant construction projects in the defence, health, transport and hydrogen sectors, including acting as the lead adviser on the $13bn Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub. In Adelaide, Martin Lovell is active in the development and funding of major infrastructure and construction projects, and Kathryn Walker has a strong focus on all forms of construction documentation, water infrastructure, planning, approvals and land access. Melbourne-based Megan Calder and Geoff Emmett are the other key figures.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lovell

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Walker; Megan Calder; Geoff Emmett


‘Number of experienced practitioners, all very responsive. Excellent knowledge, but also provide practical solutions. Excellent value for money.’

‘The individuals I work with are exceptional in several ways and possess a unique combination of qualities and values that make them stand out. We appreciate their transparency and client-centric approach, extensive legal knowledge, fairness, problem-solving abilities, and unwavering commitment to serving their clients’ best interests.’

‘Piper Alderman stands out as a truly unique law firm in Australia, offering a distinctive blend of innovative thinking, sector-focused expertise, and a collaborative culture that sets it apart from the rest.’

‘Martin Lovell is the lawyer I ring when I have a bet-the-house judgement call to make. He is commercial, has a great gut instinct, understands the competitive tensions, and understands the business. When I need to emphasise a point internally, I add Martin’s name into the conversation.’

‘Geoff Emmett is exceptionally bright and a great lateral thinker.’

‘Megan Calder comes up with practical, down-to-earth solutions. Very responsive.’

‘The Piper Alderman infrastructure and projects team continue to impress me as we work together on more deals. There is depth on the bench, and the team is very well led by Martin Lovell. We have predominantly used Piper Alderman for our bet-the-house alliance deals, and we view them as our in-house lawyers.’

‘The practice has a broad depth of knowledge and expertise and all are very approachable. A very commercial approach to working through challenges.’

Key clients

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service

Renewal SA


Hitachi Rail

Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure

Lucas Total Contract Solutions Pty Ltd

coNEXA Infrastructure Partners

Office of Hydrogen Power South Australia

Department of Infrastructure and Transport (SA)

Department of Treasury and Finance (SA)

Australian Naval Infrastructure

Century Engineering and Liquitek

SEE Civil


Symal Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Infrastructure and Transport on the $15.4B River Torrens to Darlington North-South Corridor road and tunnelling project.
  • Acting for Symal in its tendering and negotiations with its joint venture partners and the Victorian Government (through the North East Link project) for the NEL South Freeway Package.
  • Acting for the South Australian Government in relation to its planned $13 billion Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub.

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Focusing on the construction sector, Arnold Bloch Leibler acts for commercial and individual developers, sponsors and financiers in construction disputes relating to commercial leases, professional negligence and trade practice, among other issues. On the non-contentious side, it also assists with the negotiation, drafting, management and enforcement of building and development agreements. Kevin Frawley in Melbourne is the lead partner.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Frawley


‘A practical and pragmatic approach to contracts and legal matters with great depth of expertise and experience.’

Key clients

Charter Hall Group

Beulah International

Hamton Property Group and HostPlus


Time & Place

Salta Properties


MIT Group Holdings Pty Ltd

SP Setia

Newmark Capital

Northcote Devco

ICD Property Group

Alpha Partners

Golden Age Group

Steadfast Capital Pty Ltd

Centurion Property Group


Sydney Swans Football Club

Richmond Football Club


Work highlights

  • Advised property investment manager Charter Hall Group in relation to several development and construction contracts for commercial and industrial properties in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
  • Advising Australian property developer Beulah International in relation to the construction agreements of ‘STH BNK’, a mixed-use development at 118 City Road, Southbank.
  • Advised Hamton Property Group and HostPlus on their joint venture to redevelop the Moonee Valley Racecourse, known as ‘The Valley of Tomorrow’.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP is noted for its international construction arbitration offering, particularly in the infrastructure, transport, mining, energy and commercial real estate sectors. Sydney-based Phillip Coadyoffers pragmatic, commercially sound advice’ across the full lifespan of construction matters. In Perth, Beth Cubitt is another top litigator.

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Coady; Beth Cubitt


‘The team is very client focused. They understand our needs and provide sensible, pragmatic advice and solutions.’

‘The C&C team is very strong in the area of construction law and has the relevant expertise and experience for major cases. C&C is very accommodating and demonstrated an outstanding collaboration with the client’s legal and technical teams, which allowed both teams to successfully optimize the preparation of two very complex major cases.’

‘Phil Coady is a standout partner. He is energetic, responsive and offers pragmatic, commercially sound advice. No matter is too big or small for Phil and his team.’

Key clients

Acciona Infrastructure Australia



John Holland

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of AIA in an insurance dispute in the NSW Supreme Court with Zurich Insurance pic UK Branch, Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) plc and SCOR UK Company Ltd, in relation to damage to the construction works of a new interchange in Sydney.
  • Providing advice to Chiyoda in relation to the preparation and negotiation of an onshore design and construct contract for a hydrogen demonstration plant in Brisbane.
  • Acting for the main contractor in an arbitration under International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules relating to major infrastructure works on a critical motorway project in Sydney.

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Colin Biggers & Paisleyis a firm of construction industry experts‘, advising contractors, principals, consultants and financiers involved in commercial and residential property developments and engineering projects on the full range of matters, from the drafting and negotiating of contracts through to procurement, project delivery and construction disputes. Practice head Brad Kermond, Julian Mellick and Greg Begaud are the key figures in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Brad Kermond

Other key lawyers:

Julian Mellick; Greg Begaud


‘Strong knowledge of legislation and strategy of closing matters successfully.’

‘CBP is a firm of construction industry experts. They act for many clients which ensures that they have up-to-date knowledge about the trends in the industry. This is invaluable when getting contracts drafted.’

‘Greg Begaud is professional, has excellent knowledge of the construction industry and provides reliably good work.’

Key clients

NSW Government/Transport for NSW

Sekisui House

Boston Global

Gekko Systems

MARV Pakenham Group Pty Ltd

Richard Crookes Construction

Fulton Hogan

Tzannes Associates

PTW Architects


China Rail

Work highlights

  • Advised lead consultant Tzannes Associates on drafting and negotiating joint venture and professional services contract documents, as part of its involvement in the Circular Quay Renewal project.
  • Advised Gekko Systems on the preparation of EPC and O&M contracts for the ore processing plant for the new scheelite tungsten mine at King Island.
  • Acted for MARV Pakenham Group Pty Ltd in a dispute in the Supreme Court of Victoria regarding a AU$ 13.5 million townhouse development in Pakenham.

Jackson McDonald

Perth-based Jackson McDonald is well placed to advise on Western Australia-focused social infrastructure projects and developments in the booming energy and mining sectors. Isla McRobbie is working with Edith Cowan University on the preparation and negotiation of all construction contracts relating to the construction of its new city campus project. Tom Jacobs is the lead partner for construction law and commercial matters, acting for local government entities, contractors and specialist equipment suppliers. Litigator Anthony Bereyne is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Tom Jacobs

Other key lawyers:

Isla McRobbie; Anthony Bereyne


‘Dedicated, personable and actively involved in my industry.’

‘Exceptional technical skills.’

‘Isla McRobbie stands out for her exceptional service provision and high-quality, solutions-focused advice.’

Key clients

Karara Mining Limited

Maritime Constructions Pty Ltd

Housing Authority (Department of Communities)

Curtin Heritage Living

Karara Mining Limited

Perkins Builders

Mercedes Group Pty Ltd

Edith Cowan University – City Campus – Perth CBD

Work highlights

  • Providing the Housing Authority (Department of Communities) with ongoing drafting and procurement support on development and grant agreements for the delivery of projects through the North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund.
  • Advising Curtin Heritage Living on the construction and procurement of a new aged care and retirement living facility in Cottesloe.
  • Acting on behalf of Perkins Builders in various disputes arising out of the construction of a high-end residential apartment complex located in Bunbury.

Jones Day

At Jones Day, Brisbane-based lead partner John Cooper is a litigation heavyweight and a ‘leader in his field‘, with more than 35 years’ experience in major construction litigation, including Supreme Court cases, and international arbitration. The practice stands out for its strength in the energy and resources, infrastructure, construction, defence and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Cooper


‘I have dealt with Jones Day in litigation. They have outstanding skill and commitment in the conduct of major and complex litigation.’

‘John Cooper is a leader in his field in Australia.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have an unwavering focus on achieving the appropriate outcome for the client. John Cooper is a partner of outstanding ability.’

‘The practice is committed to producing excellent work and strives to do the utmost for its clients.’

‘Good team of lawyers – intellectually very good, honest, hardworking and ethical.’

‘The Jones Day team have broad capabilities – not only do they have a firm grasp of the law, they also understand the technical issues and industry.’

Key clients

Tri-Star Group

Kongsberg Maritime AS

The Body Corporate at the Pier Waterfront Community

Jacfin Pty Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tri-Star Petroleum Company (an independent Texas oil and gas explorer) and related entities in high-value disputes concerning joint ventures in Queensland concerning the production and sale of coal seam gas.
  • Advising Kongsberg Maritime AS in relation to a dispute arising out of 10 supply contracts pursuant to which Kongsberg agreed to design, supply and commission equipment for Keppel Fels Limited for a semisubmersible drilling vessel.
  • Advised and represented the Body Corporate at the Pier Waterfront Community in claims against Mirvac for alleged defects related to the Pier at Waterfront residential development in Queensland.

Lander & Rogers

Lander & Rogers is known for its deep expertise in advising insurers and their insureds across the full spectrum of construction insurance matters, as well as its representation of clients in construction and infrastructure disputes. Sydney-based Charles Thornley heads the practice, which includes Elon Zlotnick (in Melbourne), who focuses on the preparation and negotiation of construction contracts and delivery, and Tim McDonald (also in Sydney), an expert in both front-end transactions and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Charles Thornley

Other key lawyers:

Elon Zlotnick; Tim McDonald


‘The ability to deliver concise and relevant advice and apply commercial pragmatism is a standout. As a client you feel your matter is in good hands while always having visibility of what is going on.’

‘Charles Thornley is a superb litigator in construction and engineering disputes. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

ACCIONA Construction Australia

AIG Australia Limited

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty


Aram Construction

Brix Property Group

Bunnings Group Limited

Camillo Builders Pty Ltd

Carlisle Homes Pty Ltd

CGU Insurance (Insurance Australia Limited)

Chubb Insurance Australia Limited

Focus Underwriting (IBL Limited)


GPC Australia

Healthscope Operations Pty Ltd

Housing Choices Australia Limited

HDI Global SE

Jacobs Solutions

Kellogg Brown & Root


Liberty Specialty Markets – Professional Indemnity

MAB Corporation

Mott McDonald

Morelust Pty Ltd

QBE European Operations

State Sports Centres Trust

Victoria Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)

Wesfarmers Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Acciona on its winning bid for the Western Harbour Tunnel (Package 2), procured by Transport for New South Wales, including the negotiation of the incentivised target cost design and construct contract.
  • Acted for the Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture in providing project support early in the project delivery phase of the circa $2B Sydney Metro Central Tunnelling Package.
  • Defended Norman Disney Young in proceedings brought against it by the D&C joint venture for the WestConnex M4 East project, alleging late, deficient and defective design of the mechanical and electrical services by NDY.


Maddocks is highly recommended for its advice to both domestic and multinational contractors and government departments. In Sydney, Andrew Chapman specialises in PPPs and the negotiation of tenders and contract documentation, and infrastructure and environmental law partner Patrick Ibbotson is another key figure. Procurement specialist Simone Holding is a name to note in Melbourne, where the firm also benefits from the senior expertise of Andrew Pitney and partnership chair Paul Woods.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Ibbotson; Andrew Chapman; Simone Holding

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Pitney; Paul Woods


‘Maddocks’ services are good value for money and offer a clear proposition that talks to the client’s brief.’

‘Maddocks’ construction team are very knowledgeable, with strengths in both front-end negotiations and back-end disputes.’

‘Great people to deal with. We have developed personal relationships with the partners and our calls are always answered to deal with any issue. Partners always approach every matter with the best interests of our business in mind. I never hesitate to take the advice from the partners we deal with on all matters.’

Key clients

BESIX Watpac

ACCIONA Construction Pty Ltd

Lendlease Construction Southern Pty Ltd

PCL Constructors Pacific Rim Pty Ltd

Transport for New South Wales

Lane Cove Council

Blacktown City Council

Roberts Co

AV Jennings Limited

Greater Western Water Corporation

Lower Murray Water

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (now known as Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action)

Court Services Victoria

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Development Victoria

Victorian School Building Authority

Aboriginal Housing Victoria

Women’s Property Initiative

Work highlights

  • Advising PCL Constructors on its successful bid to build and maintain the new 400MW Stubbo Solar Farm project in New South Wales for renewable energy company ACEN Australia.
  • Acting for the Melbourne Metro D&C joint venture in Supreme Court proceedings concerning contractual claims between parties involved in the design of the Melbourne metro.
  • Advised Water Infrastructure NSW across numerous projects with the aim of providing long-term water security, improving access to quality water supplies in regional areas and ensuring that water remains a protected resource.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson‘s practice focuses on providing front-end support to project owners, contractors and suppliers in the infrastructure sector, predominantly in relation to project documentation, procurement and compliance issues. Michael Rochester (in Brisbane) has vast experience in the construction space, both in transactional and contentious matters. Evan Economo has since left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rochester


‘Extremely competent and knowledgeable about the construction industry and the laws that govern the industry. Very pragmatic and sensible.’

‘They really get to know their customers well and provide excellent communication and support to a time-poor in-house counsel.’

‘Very strategic, cost-effective team with a real depth of construction dispute experience. Excellent on adjudications, which often require intense bursts of work to provide responses within difficult timeframes, and manage to do so while preparing cogent, persuasive arguments.’

Key clients

Ipswich City Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council (the QLD Councils)

Narromine Shire Council, Gilgandra Shire Council, Coonamble Shire Council and Warrumbungle Shire Council (the NSW Councils)

AW Holding Group

MTR Corporation Pty Ltd

Monadelphous Group Limited

UGL Engineering

SecureEnergy joint venture (Clough and Elecnor)


Fraser Coast Regional Council

Multicom Resources


Toowoomba Regional Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for nine local councils in relation to their stakeholding in the Inland Rail project, a $15bn nation-building project being delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation that will transport freight by rail between Melbourne and Brisbane.
  • Continuing to advise across all stages of the landmark $1bn Jewel development on the Gold Coast, one of the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Advising MTR in relation to a number of its complex project-delivery claims against Sydney Metro, and its subcontracting arrangements for its delivery scope on the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.

Mills Oakley

At Mills Oakley, Brisbane-based Rechelle Brost has significant experience in EPC contract documentation and project delivery for mixed-use and residential developments. Andrew Wallis (in Sydney) and Michael Loterzo (in Melbourne) likewise advise on the full spectrum of contractual, commercial and contentious issues which arise in construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Rechelle Brost; Michael Loterzo; Andrew Wallis


‘Always available and responsive as a whole team. Access to senior resources and professional quality.’

‘Total understanding of our requirements and processes.’

‘Rechelle Brost is contactable and good at tight timeframes for turnaround.’

‘Direct access to partners. Quick and sound responses to matters.’

Key clients

Mulpha Australia Limited

Mulpha Norwest Pty Limited

The Owners Corporation for Mascot Towers

Investa Property Group


KTQ Group

J.Hutchinson (Hutchinson Builders)

Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd (BAC)

Aventus Property


151 Property

AW Edwards/Bouygues

Grosvenor Place Management


Ouson Group

Mark Moran Group

Format Developments, part of the Woolworths Group


Galileo Group

Crown Resorts

Woolworths Group

Frasers Property Group


UGL Unipart

HPG Australia

Work highlights

  • Advising HPG Australia on a landmark development at One Sydney Park comprising a mixed-use residential development involving the construction of 356 apartments across eight six-storey buildings.
  • Achieved a settlement for The Mascot Owners Corporation in a high-profile dispute relating to unprecedented engineering issues.
  • Advising ESR Australia on the design and construction of a range of industrial and business park developments all over Australia, including Westlink Logistics Park, Horsley Business Park and Leppington Industry Park, for leading global and local businesses.

Thomson Geer

In Thomson Geer‘s Brisbane office, Andrew Kelly has more than 20 years’ experience in front-end construction and engineering matters, both in Australia and in the UK. His practice focuses on advising principals, contractors, sub-contractors, engineers and architects on their bids in relation to residential and transportation development projects, contract documentation, PPP and construction disputes. Franco Aversa is the key figure in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Franco Aversa


‘Accessible and very competent with a good approach to effectively integrating within a complex in-house working environment (lawyers, project managers, infrastructure end users, governance and administration), which is increasingly rare in the private practice.’

‘Andrew Kelly is the key litigation partner and has a large national practice.’

‘Thomson Geer can be relied on to provide pragmatic, commercially focused advice.’

‘Availability and commitment.’

‘The team is made up of lawyers with excellent technical skills. But more than that, they are very easy to work with – they listen to instructions and give practical but legally sound advice. They are also very cost effective. This is my go-to team for construction matters.’

‘They are across the detail of the subject matter and are able to provide the required support. They are focused on outcomes for the client.’

‘They put clients front and centre, great communication and realistic advice.’

Key clients

St George Community Housing

Richard Crookes Constructions

Acciona Constructions Australia

Pro-Invest Australian Hospitality Opportunity (ST) Pty Ltd

Civil Mining and Construction Pty Ltd

A joint venture between Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and CPB Contractors Pty Limited (known as the ACACPB JV)

South Australian Government (Department of Infrastructure and Transport)

Bouygues Construction

Quanta Services Australia

Laing O’Rourke


Gamuda Australia

Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL)

Coopers Brewery

Geelong Port

Work highlights

  • Advising St George Community Housing on its proposed bid, in consortium with Lendlease Development, on the Waterloo Renewal Project.
  • Advised Richard Crookes Constructions in relation to its involvement in the stations, systems, trains, operations and maintenance package PPP for Western Sydney Airport.
  • Advising Acciona Constructions Australia on its bid for the Singleton Bypass project.

Gadens Lawyers

Gadens Lawyers has recently seen an uptick in instructions relating to drafting and project documentation, such as fund through agreements and construction contracts, as a result of growth in the build-to-rent and multi-family projects space. Head of construction Daniel Middleton and banking partner Doug Scobie, both in Melbourne, co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Middleton; Doug Scobie


‘Gaden’s approach to problems and their advice to clients is pragmatic, well analyzed and well structured. Their responses to client’s inquiries are also timely and their fee for the services provided is reasonable.’

Key clients


Cbus Property

Chevalier (Aluminium Engineering) Australia Pty Ltd

ESR Australia

Football Victoria

Greystar Australia

Hutchinson Builders


Monash University

Orion International Group

PDG Corporation

South East Water

Walker Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the City of Gold Coast on stages 1, 2 and 3 of the Gold Coast Light Rail project, Australia’s first regional light rail system.
  • Acted for US property giant Greystar in relation to the construction of two major build-to-rent projects in Melbourne.
  • Advised Hutchinson Builders on the tender and negotiation of the contract documents for the design and construction of Lagoon Main Beach, one of the largest residential projects to proceed to construction in Queensland.

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox‘s team of ‘creative problem solvers’ is experienced in all forms of procurement, project structuring, construction and project delivery methods. In Melbourne, John O’Kane, who is the national leader of the construction, infrastructure and projects team, and Mark Dessi, an expert in energy and projects matters, are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

John O’Kane; Mark Dessi


‘Creative problem solvers, work with their clients to understand their business and underlying needs and then add value by addressing these needs.’

‘Collaborative, experts in their field, contemporary expertise and efficient.’

‘Highly efficient team providing high-quality advice. Also strong value for money.’

‘A down-to-earth team that is easy to do business with. They are easy to talk to and genuinely seem to appreciate that everyone has their area of expertise and make everyone comfortable to make suggestions or ask questions.’

‘They understand the industry, how contracts are actually used and interpreted in practice and make contracts a useful tool that everyone wants to use, not stuff away in a drawer. John O’Kane in particular just gets construction. And he understands how our business works and where our strengths are.’

‘I found the team to be highly competent. I believe they are more customer centric than the majority of legal teams that I have dealt with in the market. Technology is up to date.’

Key clients

St Vincent’s Healthcare Limited and St Vincent’s Private Hospitals Limited

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

Crema Constructions Pty Ltd

Enzen Australia Pty Ltd


Compass Housing Group

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Work highlights

  • Assisted St Vincent’s and its project manager Johnstaff to negotiate an early contractor involvement agreement and AS 4300 design and construction agreement for the redevelopment of St Vincent’s Private Hospital’s Fitzroy site, with head contractor Kane Constructions Pty Ltd.
  • Assisted Crema Constructions in its successful bid to be appointed as head contractor for the estimated $120 million St Kilda Beach House development with joint venturers Gurner and Qualitas.
  • Acting for and advising Enzen Australia Pty Ltd in its role as EPC contractor and provider of O&M services for the Mannum Solar project.

Moray & Agnew

Active in advisory and contentious construction work, Moray & Agnew is known for its expertise in security of payment matters and its representation of principals and contractors. Bill Papastergiadis heads the practice in Melbourne, where Phillip Vassiliadis advises on the procurement and delivery of projects in the residential, public infrastructure and transportation spheres. Sean O’Sullivan leads the practice in Newcastle.

Practice head(s):

Bill Papastergiadis; Sean O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Vassiliadis


‘Phillip Vassiliadis is professional, respectful and committed.’

‘Phillip Vassiliadis stands out as a well-versed lawyer on construction dispute matters.’

‘The firm stands out for its service, quality of information and commitment to understanding the objectives of the client.’

Key clients

Far East Consortium Holdings (Aust) Pty Ltd (Monument, Perth Hub & Dorsett Hotel, West Side Precinct)

University of Newcastle

HB Commerce/Vida XL

City of Sydney

Balmain & Co (Bellfield Social Housing Project & Northside Preston Project)

Newcastle Schools

Element Five – Quest Apartments

VCON – Brighton International

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Newcastle on all legal issues associated with its development of significant construction projects, such as the $8 million ICT Building repurposing and the $220 million Callaghan STEMM facility.
  • Advised a number of metropolitan, regional and rural NSW local councils on all legal issues associated with the design and construction of a variety of projects with values ranging from $18m to $48.5m.
  • Advised Far East Consortium on the two-tower Perth Hub development located on Wellington Street, Perth, Western Australia.

Squire Patton Boggs

Recognised for its strong capabilities in the energy and mining sectors, Squire Patton Boggs boasts front-end construction expertise spanning all forms of construction ducumentation, project delivery and PPP. Key figures in the Perth office include Greg Steinepreis, Brent Henderson, Melissa Koo, Cris Cureton and David Starkoff.

Practice head(s):

Greg Steinepreis; Brent Henderson, Melissa Koo; Cris Cureton; David Starkoff

Key clients

Alkane Resources Limited

BR Durham & Sons Pty Ltd

Denison Gas Limited

Far East Consortium – Perth Hub development

Far East Organisation

Ferrovial Gamuda JV

Fortescue Future Industries (FFI)

Gamuda (Australia) Pty Ltd

Gunlake Concrete NSW Pty Ltd

Pilot Energy

PZE Limited

Square Kilometre Array Organisation (SKA)


Talison Lithium

Tianqi Lithium Kwinana Pty Ltd

Veolia Central and Eastern Europe (the Project Proponent)

Work highlights

  • Advising Talison Lithium on its lithium mine and processing operation at Greenbushes in the South West of Western Australia.
  • Advising Fortescue Future Industries on the drafting and negotiation of the $83 million design, supply, install and commission contract for the first stage of the Green Energy Manufacturing Centre in Gladstone, Queensland.
  • Advising the Square Kilometre Array Organisation, an intergovernmental global organisation headquartered in the UK, in relation to the Square Kilometre Array project in Australia.