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Tarin Olsen

LLB, BBehavSc(Psych)

Special Counsel - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Construction, Infrastructure & Projects


Tarin is a Special Counsel in the Construction, Infrastructure & Projects team, specialising in project delivery and the provision of commercial, objective focused advice.

Tarin provides clients with practical advice and solutions in relation to the full spectrum of issues that can arise throughout the life cycle of construction and infrastructure projects, all in the context of, and tailored to, their commercial objectives.


Tarin has specialist experience across a number of sectors including major commercial construction, civil works, transport infrastructure, hospital and health infrastructure, school infrastructure and LNG projects. 

Tarin is significantly experienced in both front end and back end matters. This includes advising on risk, negotiating, drafting and administering standard form and bespoke contracts, providing ongoing project delivery support (including advising on matters relating to contractual interpretation and compliance), and acting for principals (including various Government departments), contractors and consultants in relation to a broad range of complex and technical matters.

Tarin also has significant expertise in the preparation and defence of contractual claims, security of payment claims (across all Australian jurisdictions), specialist construction litigation, general commercial litigation, various forms of alternative dispute resolution and regulatory matters.  

Additionally, Tarin has provided dedicated, specialist support in respect of a number of critical infrastructure projects by way of the following embedded secondments:

Health Capital Division of Queensland Health

Acting as an integrated member of the Health Capital Division team, working to deliver the Queensland Government’s commitments under The Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan, including:

  • Capacity Expansion Program (delivering $9.785 billion of capital infrastructure over six years, including 3 new hospitals, a new Queensland Cancer Centre and hospital expansions at various existing sites)
  • Accelerated Infrastructure Delivery Program ($229.7 million to increase existing hospital capacity across a two year period)
  • Building Rural and Remote Health Program ($943.5 million across seven years to replace ageing hospital and health infrastructure across rural and regional Queensland)
  • the delivery of in-progress projects and associated works.   

Legal Services Branch of the Department of Transport and Main Roads (Qld)

During which Tarin provided adhoc advice to the Department in respect of a variety of commercial matters including general contractual and commercial matters, procurement, prequalification, construction disputes, contractual interpretation, contract administration, licensing, risk, confidentiality agreements, sponsorship and funding arrangements, intellectual property agreements, policy, and model litigant obligations.

Pacific Highway Woolgoolga to Ballina (W2B) Upgrade Project

During a secondment with a major civil contractor, Tarin provided project delivery advice and support in respect of various works packages on the W2B Upgrade Project including early works, bulk earthworks, main civil works and bridge structures.  


17 August 2022 - Knowledge

Luxury developments: Delivering the vision (Part 3)

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects, #Property, Planning & Development

In the last installment of this series, we discuss the issues associated with managing works during and after the construction stage, and what can be done when the luxury design intent is not achieved.