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Expertise

Scott advises private and public sector clients on major projects. He acts for owners, contractors and bidders in relation to all aspects of a project including advising on procurement and contracting methodologies and approaches to market, documenting the procurement process, drafting and negotiating the contract and also acting as probity advisor. Scott has specific expertise in government infrastructure projects, general contractual and legislative advice and the tendering process (at all levels of government).

Scott is highly regarded in the sectors of water, social housing, ports and transport, government, and information technology requirements. 

Scott regularly speaks at conferences on new forms of project delivery and also is a regular contributor to journal articles on relevant topics

Experience

Scott’s experience includes:

  • advising numerous entities in relation to the WestConnex project in connection with affected utilities owners and contractors and subcontractors 
  • advising large institutional project entities in relation to long term sale and leaseback of university assets
  • advising proponents in relation to their market led proposal for the Spencer Street Victorian Police HQ
  • drafting long term logistics and supply contract between an international supplier and a Ports and Logistics business in North Queensland
  • drafting bespoke dredging contract for Flinders Port
  • developing and drafting bespoke and standard amendments to AS contracts for numerous public sector clients
  • advising developers in relation to commercial and residential development projects
  • advising Frasers in relation to its disposal of two major Sydney CBD student accommodation sites including residential and non-residential components
  • advising Charles Sturt University in relation to long term Project Delivery Agreement and Leases for student accommodation in Port Macquarie
  • advising Flinders Port in relation to its acquisition of Townsville Bulk Handling and Storage a major North Queensland logistics and stevedoring entity
  • advising NSW Housing on a major social housing project in Glebe (and Camperdown prior to that)
  • advising the Northern Territory Government on the development of the Marine Industry Park (a 160 hectare development in Darwin)
  • advising a bidder in relation to its interest in acquiring Darwin Port, and before that Port Kembla
  • advising Sydney Water in relation to all aspects of its complete outsourcing of its Operations and Maintenance and Facilities Management Contract
  • advising Newcastle Port Corporation generally in relation to all of its commercial contracts and major projects including:
    • a new container terminal at Mayfield
    • bulk Liquids Precinct
    • D&C of new Pilot Cutter Vessels
    • helicopter Transfer Contract
  • advising Sydney Council in relation to its ECI process for Gunyama Swimming Pool at Green Square
  • advising Veolia in relation to its interest in the Waste Water Treatment Facility and DBO contracts at Springvale mine
  • advising WaterNSW on two works upgrade projects at Prospect Reservoir including the design and construction of a new dam wall and significant heritage and environmental issues
  • advising the Northern Territory Government in relation to the development of the Tiwi Islands
  • providing advice to a major NSW Council in relation to adopting innovative procurement methods (Early Contractor Involvement) and implementing them in a way to be compliant with NSW Local Government Tendering Legislation.

Publications

11 December 2019 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

We look at the latest NSW government news and summarise the new regime that has been introduced allowing tenderers to challenge certain tender processes.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

New rights for tenderers to challenge NSW Government procurement processes

#Procurement, #Construction & Infrastructure, #Government

A new regime for tenderers to challenge certain NSW Government tender processes has just commenced. We outline the processes under the new regime.

28 November 2019 - Knowledge

Top 10 issues in procurement

#Procurement

It has been a big year for procurement. As procurement and tendering processes become increasingly complex, we outline the top 10 issues businesses need to keep in mind for 2020.

28 October 2019 - Knowledge

What you need to know about the Modern Slavery Act

#Procurement, #Construction & Infrastructure

For the majority of Australian entities required to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) the time to start implementing changes in their business to comply with the requirements began earlier this year, depending on the financial year adopted by that entity. This article provides practical guidance on what changes should be made to contracts, tender documentation and policies to achieve best practice MSA compliance.

09 September 2019 - Knowledge

Penalties for unfair contract terms – what is the government waiting for?

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

With the Federal Government soon to commence consultation on the unfair contract term regime, we review the current system and outline key implications for businesses if changes are implemented.

15 July 2019 - Knowledge

Public sector conflicts of interest: New ICAC guidelines released

#Government, #Procurement, #Construction & Infrastructure

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has published new guidelines called Managing Conflicts of Interest in the NSW Public Sector.

09 July 2019 - Knowledge

Is NEC4 the way forward for standard construction contracts in Australia?

#Construction & Infrastructure

Major project delivery around Australia has historically relied on the Australian Standard form of contracts for construction, in particular the AS4000 suite of contracts.

02 April 2019 - Knowledge

Finally released: Draft Guidance on the Modern Slavery Act (2018)

#Procurement, #Construction & Infrastructure

For any large company doing business in Australia now is the time to get up to speed with the new anti-modern slavery regime, including the Draft Guidance that has just been released by the Federal Government.

01 April 2019 - Knowledge

Breaking news: Draft Guidance on the Modern Slavery Act (2018) released

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Procurement

The Guidance that large companies (and others) doing business in Australia have been waiting for, and need, was released late last week.

20 February 2019 - Knowledge

Infrastructure Australia off to a strong start with release of 2019 Infrastructure Priority List

#Construction & Infrastructure

Last month we wrote about Infrastructure Australia’s announcement of newly appointed CEO Romilly Madew and her set of priorities.

07 February 2019 - Knowledge

The politics of procurement – major parties release procurement plans

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Procurement

The federal election will take place prior to 18 May this year and the two major parties have now declared their position on procurement.

25 January 2019 - Knowledge

New CEO for national infrastructure body

#Construction & Infrastructure

On 14 January 2019, Infrastructure Australia (IA) announced Romilly Madew as the newly appointed CEO, replacing Phillip Davies. When the opportunity arose for Davies to renew his term he decided against it.

05 December 2018 - Knowledge

Commonwealth Modern Slavery Bill passes parliament

#Construction & Infrastructure

After a hotly debated parliamentary process, the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) has passed both houses of parliament and now awaits Royal Assent as the final step to its enactment.

23 October 2018 - Knowledge

New legal rights to challenge Australian Government procurements passed into law

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Procurement

In a significant step for Australian procurement laws, the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill 2017 (Cth) (the Bill) passed the Senate without amendment on 18 October 2018.

26 September 2018 - Knowledge

$5 billion in committed freight infrastructure - NSW Freight and Ports Plan 2018-2023 launched

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

The NSW Government has just launched a new Freight and Ports Plan, underpinning more than $5 billion in committed freight infrastructure. In this article, four Holding Redlich partners provide their analysis of the plan and outline its key points.

20 September 2018 - Knowledge

Modern slavery laws – Impacts for the NSW Government

#Procurement, #Construction & Infrastructure, #Government

New South Wales is the first jurisdiction to enact modern slavery legislation in Australia, with the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) passing through Parliament on 21 June 2018.

05 September 2018 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin - 5 September 2018

#Government

27 August 2018 - Knowledge

An update on ipso facto law reform

#Procurement, #Construction & Infrastructure

Late last year we summarised the impacts the safe harbour and ipso facto law reform, brought about by the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 (Cth) (Act), would have on insolvency laws. This article provides an overview of the exclusions to the stay on ipso facto clauses under these newly introduced provisions.