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Andrew Statham

LLB, BEng(Civil) (Hons)

Special Counsel - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Construction & Infrastructure


Andrew is a Special Counsel in construction, infrastructure and projects, and has in excess of 30 years experience within the broader construction industry.  He has designed, constructed and superintended infrastructure projects, has been an advisor during their development, construction and operation, and has drafted and negotiated their various forms of project documentation.

Andrew specialises in the preparation and negotiation of project documentation, along with the provision of contractual advice throughout the life of a project.  He has acted for developers, contractors, owners, resource companies, energy providers, suppliers, consultants, to name a few.  

Andrew’s practice is influenced by his decade practicing as an engineer, which has provided him with an ability to readily understand the technical aspects of your projects and assets, and to appreciate that you want practical, efficient and commercially focussed assistance.

In addition to having provided legal services to a diverse range of clients, for several years Andrew was the Queensland Legal Manager for an international engineering and advisory consultancy firm.  That saw Andrew addressing the various legal issues facing a company with broad interests, including regulatory, property and leasing, and litigation.  Andrew’s legal in-house experience also involved secondments in the rail and energy sectors.  Andrew understands your commercial imperatives.

While both as an engineer and an in-house lawyer, Andrew has procured external legal support, so he understands what is important and what you expect when it comes to the provision of legal services.


Andrew’s experience includes:

  • working ‘in-house’ for many years within the engineering, construction, energy and rail sectors
  • designing, constructing and superintending construction projects, including rising to the engineering position of Acting Principal Manager (Contracts) for a Government agency
  • negotiating all manner of documents including joint ventures (e.g. Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, TransApex, Gold Coast University Hospital), EPCM agreements (e.g. DBCT, NCIG), alliance agreements (eg. Trackstar, TrackPower, SEQIP Rail, Jilalan Rail Yard Upgrade, ARRP, Western Corridor Pipeline (Luggage Point)), consultancy, MOUs, leases and licences
  • advising on commercial property documents: agreements for lease, leases and licences (eg. head office 10 yr+ relocations to Turbot St Brisbane and King St Bowen Hills)
  • drafting suites of construction and consultancy agreements including associated tender package documentation
  • provision of contract advice during the life of a project, advising on claims and disputes, and the provision of regulatory advice
  • preparing, negotiating and or reviewing construction contracts and other commercial agreements (e.g. Q1 Tower, Riparian Plaza)
  • representing various vendor and purchaser clients in respect of major retail, commercial and golf course development sales and acquisitions
  • due diligence of ongoing construction and supply contracts as part of the team advising the successful Babcock & Brown consortium on its (then) $630m acquisition of the long-term lease of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
  • acting for corporate and government clients including major developers and suppliers within the building, construction, transport, property, water, tourism, energy, mining and mineral processing industries.


20 January 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government, #Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law

Good faith is an obligation frequently included in agreements involved in a major project

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Acting in ‘good faith’ – what does it really mean?

#Construction & Infrastructure

We often see contractual obligations on parties to act in ‘good faith’ – but what does this mean? How do courts interpret this term? We unravel the doctrine of good faith through a practice example.

18 March 2020 - Knowledge

COVID-19 quarantine? 10 things you might finally get done

#Construction & Infrastructure, #COVID-19

As responses to COVID-19 continue to develop, many construction and infrastructure businesses might have at least part of their workforce working from home or otherwise remotely. We outline 10 key things businesses can now do to get in front of the game once the world returns to normal.

29 January 2020 - Knowledge

A panning shot of commercial drone use

#Construction & Infrastructure

Commercial drone use offers amazing benefits in a variety of ways, many yet to be realised. But it is essential that the risks involved are appropriately managed.