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Construction & Infrastructure

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

Construction & Infrastructure

Our Construction and Infrastructure 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

18 January 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin – summer edition

#Government, #Construction & Infrastructure, #Data & Privacy, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

In this special edition of our fortnightly publication, we look at the crisis that affected government last year and how the circumstances call for change in 2021.

15 December 2020 - Knowledge

Christmas security of payment claims in Victoria

#Construction & Infrastructure

Construction project managers beware – security of payment presents may be arriving this Christmas. We set out a checklist of what you need to do to tackle adjudication applications this year.

08 December 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

The Australian Government is continuing to improve Australia’s world leading vaccination program through the Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2020.

07 December 2020 - Knowledge

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

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Property & Real Estate

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.

04 December 2020 - Knowledge

New Practice Standard for registered certifiers in NSW – what will it achieve?

#Property & Real Estate, #Construction & Infrastructure

In September 2020, the NSW Government released a Practice Standard for registered certifiers to assist certifiers to achieve compliance with recent certifier legislation. We take a look at the Practice Standard and its key suggestions.

02 December 2020 - Knowledge

Commonly negotiated terms in construction contracts – what should parties focus on and trends in 2020

#Procurement, #Construction & Infrastructure

We look at the commonly most negotiated, most important and most disputed terms in construction contracts, as well as current trends in contract negotiation in 2020.

01 December 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

Preliminary figures released by the ABS on the value of residential construction work done showed a decline in the September 2020 quarter to its lowest level since 2014. This data precedes the positive impact of the HomeBuilder program due to the lag between purchasing a house and commencing construction.

30 November 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Patients living with one of Australia’s most common forms of leukaemia are set to benefit from expanded access to a breakthrough medicine through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

24 November 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Influenza vaccine provider Seqirus has announced plans to construct a world-class biotech manufacturing facility in Australia to supply influenza vaccines to Australia and the rest of the world.

18 November 2020 - Knowledge

Mine-d the gap: NSW Court construes the Mining Exemption in the Security of Payment Act for the first time

#Construction & Infrastructure

A NSW Court has for the first time construed the Mining Exception in the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 in the decision of Cadia Holdings Pty Ltd v Downer EDI Mining Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 1588 released on 11 November 2020.

18 November 2020 - Knowledge

Tender Exclusions and Whole Agreement Clauses

#Construction & Infrastructure

These cases looks at the importance of properly capturing all qualifications, departures and exclusions in the scope of works in a final construction works contract.

18 November 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

Icon has claimed victory over the $42 million it has spent to date on rehousing, relocating and providing services to Opal Tower tenants after the federal court found insurers Liberty Mutual and QBE should share those costs under the builder’s third-party liability insurance policies.