Mr Michael Earwaker > Corrs Chambers Westgarth > Sydney, Australia > Lawyer Profile

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An expert in the resolution of complex technical disputes, Michael brings to the field a specialised blend of legal and engineering skills. Having practised as a civil engineer, he is uniquely positioned to better understand the technical aspects of projects and their inter-relationship with the law. With both public and private sector experience, Michael acts for contractors, arrangers and owners in addition to having particular expertise in PPP projects. Clients value his ability to identify risk and maximise early settlement opportunities. Construction and infrastructure project disputes involve a broad spectrum of issues. The facts, expert evidence and the law are often all contested. Michael takes a hands-on approach to the analysis and management of these issues. Michael is also a Senior Fellow at Melbourne University where he lectures on Advanced Construction Law. As a result he is able to engage directly with participants in the industry, from both Australia and abroad, allowing him the opportunity to remain ahead of the curve in relation to upcoming trends, and to feed back the associated legal ramifications into his practice.

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Australia > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Corrs Chambers Westgarth‘s sizeable team acts for international and domestic corporates in high-value arbitrations, in particular across the Asia Pacific. The practice has expertise in various sectors, including natural resources, infrastructure, oil and gas, and life sciences, and is experienced in investment treaty arbitrations. Brisbane-based Joshua Paffey leads the practice and is noted for his significant cross-border expertise; he was recently appointed as an executive director of ACICA. Sydney-based Michael Earwaker is strong in the construction arena. Andrew Stephenson is national head of the firm’s projects practice and is skilled in projects-related disputes and international arbitration. Charles Scerri QC joined the team in June 2021 after retiring from the bar. All named lawyers are based in Melbourne unless stated otherwise. Since publication, Bronwyn Lincoln departed.