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Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

Our team has a client-focused and value-driven approach designed to achieve our clients’ commercial objectives.

Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

Our Construction, Infrastructure & Projects Group works closely with clients to effectively manage contractual and commercial risk and to avoid, minimise and resolve disputes. Understanding clients’ objectives within the broader commercial and political context of their operations is a priority. 

Expertise

  • we specialise in all aspects of construction and infrastructure law with particular expertise in documenting and advising on complex projects 
  • we act for principals, developers, contractors, facilities managers, consultants and other industry participants
  • our clients range from major institutions to specialist consultants and subcontractors
  • we deliver front and back end services including tenders and project documentation; claims preparation and review; security of payment advice and claims- contract administration, risk management and strategic project planning; alternative dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration; and residential building disputes (NSW).
  • we can help guide you through the new Modern Slavery laws. These new laws are significant and high-profile changes for the Australian business landscape that reflect a growing awareness for the need to address modern slavery both domestically and internationally - and all business and government executives need to ensure they are up to speed. Find out more here about the new Modern Slavery laws and what we can do to ensure your business is compliant.

We also have dedicated pages on the key areas of Procurement and Building Cladding.

Procurement

Read more about our dedicated national Procurement practice group that provides services to a range of government and private sector clients here.

Building Cladding

Building cladding issues and legislation are currently among the most important topics for the construction industry. To see what expertise we provide in this area, click here.

Experience

Advising and acting on behalf of clients in relation to construction disputes (substantive litigation in all superior courts, arbitration, expert determination and mediation) in a number of sectors including major commercial construction, civil works projects, infrastructure projects, water, energy and resources projects, PPP’s, LNG projects and mining projects. 

This includes advising on some significant projects

  • Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal
  • GLNG Project
  • Abbott Point Coal Terminal
  • Riverside Walk
  • advising NSW Housing on a major social housing project in Glebe
  • advising the Northern Territory Government on the development of the Marine Industry Park (a 160 hectare development in Darwin)
  • advising a consortium on all aspects of its bid for Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Centre PPP
  • advising a consortium on its bid for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital PPP
  • advising financiers in relation to the O&M contracts for Lane Cove Tunnel project
  • advising financiers in relation to the widening and refinancing of the M5 toll road in New South Wales
  • acting in a major arbitration involving the construction of electricity and steam generation facilities at six Victorian hospitals involving companies from Australia, New Zealand, France and America (the Victorian Hospitals Cogeneration Project – VHCP)
  • advising an engineering company in relation to claims arising from the construction of an underground liquefied petroleum gas facility.


Recent Posts

10 August 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus: DBP Act update – what is ‘substantive control’ of construction work?

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

The court is beginning to grapple with the Design and Building Practitioners Act and in this latest decision looks further at what is ‘substantive control’ as a trigger for owing the statutory duty of care.

08 August 2022 - Knowledge

Defects, experts and maintaining privilege – the importance of engaging early

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

We consider the importance of investigating defects, engaging experts early when a defect is identified, and maintaining privilege.

08 August 2022 - Knowledge

Decoding design and construct contracts: Superintendents (part 3)

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

Our third article in this series focuses on who, what and how the role of superintendents is regulated under the AS4902 contract and by law.

03 August 2022 - Knowledge

Regulatory advice for heavy vehicle operators and principal contractors in the construction industry

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

We unpack the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s latest regulatory advices on managing the risks of heavy vehicle transport activities in the construction industry.

27 July 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

We look at a recent decision where an Owners Corporation failed to establish breach of statutory warranty in a combustible cladding case.

20 July 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

First it was fashion and haircuts, now it is contract clauses from the '80s. In this edition, we share tips for managing the re-emergence of rise and fall clauses in construction contracts.

13 July 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

In a recent decision, the Appeal Panel invoked the flexibility of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s procedure to ascertain appeal grounds in the context of litigants in person.

11 July 2022 - Knowledge

Decoding design and construct contracts: Security (part 2)

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

Our second article in this series focuses on ‘security’ – what it does, what it means, and what happens to it.

05 July 2022 - Knowledge

Limitation periods and multiple occupancy permits: Court of Appeal confirms first in time applies

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

A recent Court of Appeal decision has clarified the approach to determining limitation periods for building actions where multiple occupancy permits are issued.

29 June 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

Tales of low-balling advice on likely construction costs are common place. In this edition, we take a look at a decision on an extreme example where the owners overcapitalised in the context of a cost-plus contract.

15 June 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

In this edition we look at a recent decision on whether a developer owes the statutory duty of care, under the Design and Building Practitioners Act, to avoid economic loss from defects arising from construction work.

10 June 2022 - Knowledge

Decoding design and construct contracts: Contract sum (part 1)

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

The AS4902 contract is one of the most popular standards used for design and construction projects. Our first article in this series focuses on the ‘contract sum’ – how it operates and what you need to consider when negotiating.