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Expertise

Christine is a disputes partner in the Construction & Infrastructure Group with more than 15 years’ experience as a construction and commercial litigator. Christine acts in disputes across residential, commercial and infrastructure asset classes.

Christine is the editor of our fortnightly newsletter for professionals in the residential building sector in NSW, Residential Focus.

Government

As the panel relationship partner (alternate), Christine has an overview of the firm's NSW government practice and coordinates conflicts compliance and reporting. Christine is also responsible for the annual government lawyers day conference that Holding Redlich host. She is the editor of the fortnightly newsletter, NSW Government Bulletin.

Experience

Christine's experience includes:

Residential

  • acting for owners, owners corporations and builders in residential building disputes including claims for breach of statutory warranty in the NCAT jurisdiction 
  • acting for home owners and inspectors in disputes over negligent performance of pre‑purchase inspections
  • acting for a local council in relation to the enforcement of fire safety orders affecting a residential high rise building
  • acting for a nationwide building material and machinery manufacturer and supplier in relation to warranty claims by consumers, including
  • in circumstances where technical staff were used as experts in proceedings to which the manufacturer was not a party 
  • advising a television production company behind a national lifestyle show regarding Home Building Act compliance
  • advising home building professionals on Home Building Act compliance
  • running a substantial practice:
    • acting for the statutory insurer in proceedings for the recovery of home building insurance payments, including significant claims against high profile contractors and developers
    • acting for the statutory indemnifier in relation to home warranty insurance claim disputes and recoveries in a range of jurisdictions 
  • in either case, the defects claims spanned the range of individual dwellings to large high rise and mixed commercial developments
  • acting for the liquidator of two home warranty insurers in defending and asserting claims in relation to home warranty insurance policies.

Commercial & Infrastructure

  • acting for a subcontractor in upstream and downstream disputes regarding performance of an infrastructure contract
  • acting for a mine operator in a claim against a mechanical upgrade contractor
  • acting for a materials manufacturer in a claim against its joint venture participants for diverting a business opportunity
  • acting for applicants and respondents on Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) claims
  • acting for various end-users, contractors and professional service firms in relation to money and defects claims in a range of jurisdictions
  • acting for a landlord in dispute with a tenant over restaurant premises rendered inoperable by the actions of an adjoining residential owners corporation in interfering with a mechanical ventilation shaft 
  • acting for a railway owner in a commercial arbitration involving a local authority regarding payment for access to the track and interruption of overhead line electrification
  • acting for a machinery supplier in a cross border dispute with a mining company 
  • advising a prepared food wholesaler and owner of a production facility in relation to issues arising from the purchase of a food production facility site, in particular the inadequate remediation of the food production facility site, a former mine, as part of the purchase.

Government

Christine’s government experience includes advising agencies in relation to:

Disputes

  • defence of a bailment claim by a former tenant and prosecution of a cross claim for remediation costs of asbestos contamination under s.105 of the Protection of Environment (Operations) Act
  • advice on s.133A of the Conveyancing Act in the context of a claim for make good by a landlord 
  • liability to a former tenant under a letter of comfort arising from a potential change of use of a waterfront asset
  • a dispute regarding an adverse affectation on title related to an infrastructure project
  • a dispute regarding allocation of project risk and rectification of defects in an urban renewal project constructed by a developer with the benefit of a 99 year lease
  • relationships with private sector operators in contemplation of the implementation of a new policy for the use of agency owned facilities used by those operators
  • applications made by long term leaseholder of a hotel development including dealing with change of operator and financier
  • a dispute regarding the calculation of performance rents
  • a dispute regarding the ability to vary waterfront licences
  • the fraudulent issue of certification cards and other documents by a private sector organisation whose approval had been cancelled by the agency
  • the unauthorised use of agency names and trade marks by a private fund raiser purporting to have been engaged by a charitable organisation to generate funds on their behalf
  • a claim against former lawyers for professional negligence
  • contested subpoena and subpoena in sensitive matters
  • recovering amounts paid under a statutory insurance scheme and defending claims disputes in relation to recourse to a statutory indemnity. Complexities included administrative law challenges, questions of statutory interpretation, elapsed time and reluctant witnesses
  • the failed installation of critical software systems on the advice of an outsourced IT services provider. The case, which was conducted in the Technology and Construction List of the Equity Division of the NSW Supreme Court involved substantial electronic discovery and over 30 (mostly public sector employee) witnesses for the plaintiff alone. The case was successfully settled in the context of a mediation
  • a commercial arbitration involving outstanding payment to the railway owner by a local authority for access to the railway track and interruption of overhead line electrification.

Inquiries, investigations and reviews

  • an employee disclosure relating to alleged invoice padding/siphoning 
  • an independent review of a series of transactions relating to Crown land
  • the Operation Spector public inquiry by the ICAC regarding alleged corrupt solicitation of funds by public officials (engaged on behalf of a public sector witness)
  • the Operation Acacia segment of the public inquiry by the ICAC into the NSW public sector regarding allegations concerning mining exploration licences (acting for a private sector witness)
  • the Operation Scania public inquiry by ICAC, engaged to represent a Council employee including appearing as solicitor advocate.

Publications

15 May 2018 - Blog

NSW Goverment Bulletin - 15 May 2018

#Government

On 7 May the NSW Information and Privacy Commission issued a fact sheet on NSW public sector agencies and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR affects organisations outside of the European Union (EU) where those organisations either provide goods or services to, or monitor the behaviour of individuals in the EU.

02 May 2018 - Blog

NSW Government Bulletin - 2 May 2018

#Government

On 18 April 2018 the High Court handed down its much anticipated decision in Burns v Corbett; Burns v Gaynor [2018] HCA 15, which we previewed in our Summer Government Bulletin article

23 April 2018 - Blog

Residential Focus - 23 April 2018

#Property & Real Estate

The High Court of Australia has handed down its decision in Burns v Corbett; Burns v Gaynor [2018] HCA 15, finding that the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) does not have the jurisdiction to deal with a dispute arising between two residents of different states.