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Andrew is our head of projects.  He is one of Australia’s leading projects lawyers with a particular focus on matters involving technology, engineering, construction, infrastructure and international arbitration. He advises clients in respect of contractual project risk allocation, dispute management and dispute resolution.

In respect of investors from abroad he provides advice in respect of bi-lateral investment treaty protection for inward investment. Likewise he advises Australian investors in respect of available bi-lateral investment treaty protection when Australians are investing overseas.

Andrew’s practice has a truly global reach, with projects in diverse jurisdictions ranging from all Australian States and Territories to Papua New Guinea, the United Kingdom, Iran, Kuwait, Singapore, China, Malaysia, India and Dubai.

He has successfully run some of Australia’s largest arbitrations and litigation.

Andrew has lectured at many of the country’s leading Universities, he is also an active member of a number of industry associations and is the Australian correspondent for the London-based International Construction Law Review.

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Australia > Construction

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Andrew StephensonCorrs 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.


Australia > Project development

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has broad capabilities across oil and gas, energy, transport, and social infrastructure, advising contractors, government bodies, construction companies, and investors. The team works on contract negotiation, development and construction issues, disputes, and regulatory compliance, collaborating closely with the firm’s highly-regarded construction practice on sector-critical projects of significant value. The practice is led by Melbourne’s Andrew Stephenson, who acts on contentious and non-contentious elements of major projects, alongside Brisbane’s Matthew Muir. Sydney-based Airlie Fox specialises in major infrastructure projects and PPP arrangements in a range of sectors, with expertise on the investor, contractor, and developer side of projects. John Walter is a highly experienced infrastructure lawyer. Brisbane’s Peter Schenk combines construction expertise with disputes resolution, including Supreme Court litigation, insurance claims, and arbitration. Anthony Arrow joined the Melbourne office in mid-2020 from Pinsent Masons LLP, offering extensive experience in infrastructure, energy, and construction on behalf of domestic and international developers. The promotions of Carla Mills, Paul Brickley, and Chris Campbell to partner have bolstered the practice’s senior ranks.

Australia > Project finance

Corrs Chambers Westgarth advises a number of major commercial entities, financial institutions,  and state governments on the financing and refinancing of projects, including transport, oil exploration, infrastructure, and renewable energy mandates. The team is headed up by Sydney-based Rommel Harding-Farrenberg, who has broad expertise across banking and finance matters, and Melbourne-based Andrew Stephenson, who oversees the firm’s projects team, assisted by Matthew Muir in Brisbane. Melbourne-based partner Clare Corke has experience in a variety of project financing matters in multiple sectors, while Brisbane’s Vaughan Mills is highly recommended for his work on natural resources and energy projects, particularly in Papua New Guinea.

Australia > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Combining arbitration and projects expertise, Corrs Chambers Westgarth prides itself on its specialism in investor-state dispute settlement. Clients recommend the group for its credentials in the energy, construction, and natural resources sectors. Michael Earwaker is noted for his dispute resolution expertise in the construction field. Further, Brisbane-based Joshua Paffey sits at the helm of the department. Litigator Bronwyn Lincoln is highly recommended for enforcement work, particularly in relation to ICSID awards. Projects group leader Andrew Stephenson is well-placed to act on arbitrations relating to inbound and outbound investment. Unless otherwise specified, all named practitioners are based in Melbourne.