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Marie-Louise Scarf

Bachelor of Arts and Law – University of New South Wales

Senior Associate - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Construction & Infrastructure


Marie-Louise is a Senior Associate in our Construction & Infrastructure group and has over 15 years’ experience in construction and commercial disputes and providing advice on early dispute resolution options. Marie-Louise is admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW, the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of England and Wales and has experience working in most other states and territories.

Marie-Louise specialises in resolving large and multiparty residential, commercial and infrastructure claims through direct negotiation and in litigation and tribunal proceedings. Clients include corporate and government owners (including owners corporations), builders, engineers, architects, certifiers and their insurers. She is focused on early dispute resolution and cost minimisation, in particular for parties with ongoing relationships.

Marie-Louise had particular experience in the areas of negligence, breach of contract, breach of statutory warranties under the Home Building Act, breach of statutory duty under the Strata Schemes Management Act and Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law and product liability claims.


Marie-Louise’s experience includes:

  • Residential and commercial strata, warehouses and factories
  • Waste to energy facilities, tunnels and electricity substations
  • Immigration and police detention centres
  • Bus and train stations, rail, roads and bridges
  • Social housing, schools, hospitals and aged care facilities
  • Transport, cleaning and maintenance contracts
  • Soil remediation and water treatment plants
  • Joint venture mining agreements


16 September 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

A Western Australian general practitioner has been reprimanded and had his registration suspended by a tribunal after he had a sexual relationship with a female patient.

11 September 2019 - In the News

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

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

Despite mounting pressure following the recent investigation of UberEats by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, the Federal Government is yet to make good on its pre-election promise to strengthen the unfair contract term regime.

11 September 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

Standards for Australia’s construction industry should be free to access to help combat poor building quality, according to many people in the industry. For years, experts have said that cost and lack of access to the hundreds of standards contained in Australia’s National Construction Code has been a problem.