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

Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Level 6 Brookfield Place Tower 2
123 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
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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

The sizeable arbitration team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth enjoys a strong reputation for its work in domestic and international disputes across a number of sectors – ranging from energy and natural resources to and life sciences – as well as matters relating to investment treaties. Since Joshua Paffey rotated out of the position in August 2022, the team has been led by Nastasja Suhadolnik, a dual-qualified (New York and Australia) practitioner who was promoted to partner in July 2021. Paffey, meanwhile, remains active, particularly in the resources and commodities spaces. Former barrister Charles Scerri KC is at the forefront of the firm’s efforts to develop its capacity to deliver advocacy in-house, while national projects practice head Andrew Stephenson and construction specialist Michael Earwaker are also noted.