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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 & Projects


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


22 September 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we review some of the cases which have considered the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) and Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020 (NSW) in the past 12 months.

01 September 2021 - Knowledge

Court of Appeal reallocates liability in Lacrosse case – has the dust finally settled?

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

We review the Victorian Court of Appeal's 2021 decision on the allocation of liability between the building surveyor and the fire engineering consultant in the landmark cladding litigation arising from the 2014 Lacrosse Tower fire.

07 December 2020 - Knowledge

Recent judgment confirms 10-year limitation period for defective building work in NSW

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

A recent NSW Court of Appeal decision confirms the 10-year long-stop limitation period applies to all claims for damages caused by defective building work, regardless of what the claimant-builder relationship is.

26 August 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we look at a recent decision by the Appeal Panel of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal regarding an installation of the Biowood cladding product.

29 April 2020 - Knowledge

Terminators beware – ACL application to small business contracts

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects, #COVID-19

On 12 November 2016, the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Act 2015 (Cth) extended many of the protections of the Australian Consumer Law to small businesses contracts entered into on or after this date. Those protections also apply to the provisions of a contract that is renewed or varied on or after this date, to the extent of the new provisions. As parties affected by COVID-19 seek to enforce various termination, extension of time, variation and compensation clauses in their contracts, it is an opportune time to review these protections and how the Courts have applied them since their commencement.

08 April 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we look at whether there is an intention to extend time for commencement of claims for breach of statutory warranty under the COVID-19 legislation.

15 January 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we provide a wrap-up of the latest residential property news in NSW.

03 December 2019 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

We summarise the recent measures adopted by the NSW Government to address the cladding crisis.

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