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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

10 August 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Australian mental health organisation Beyond Blue has partnered with Accenture and Medibank to develop a 24/7 Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service to meet the surge in demand for its services since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March.

03 August 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is urging people to ‘mask up’ to help stop the spread of COVID-19, with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services lists lawful exemptions for not wearing a face covering.

28 July 2020 - Knowledge

Queensland Government announces new Building Acceleration Fund

#Construction & Infrastructure, #COVID-19

The new $200 million Building Acceleration Fund is a Queensland Government initiative to support infrastructure projects and job creation in the industry as part of the State’s economic recovery plan post-COVID-19.

28 July 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

An advocacy agenda released today by a coalition of industry bodies is calling on governments to make every building count in Australia’s economic recovery.

27 July 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in Victoria could see the Fair Work Commission reconsider its decision to reject calls for paid pandemic leave to be added into health awards.

21 July 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

The Department of Health’s Infection Control Training Module has been completed by more than a million people in Australia and is developing a growing international audience.

16 July 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

According to the Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) 2nd Quarter 2020 Australia Report, the impacts of COVID-19 being felt by Australian construction markets and associated tender costs differ around the country.

15 July 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Senior Australians have been urged to stay vigilant as the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 continues.

15 July 2020 - Knowledge

Executing documents in a pandemic

#Construction & Infrastructure, #COVID-19

We examine how simple contracts and deeds in the construction industry can be executed remotely and the current regulations in various states to facilitate the electronic signing of documents during COVID-19.

06 July 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

The Department of Health and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) have released the findings of a 12-month trial of trying to reduce antibiotic prescriptions, reporting that Australia’s General Practice doctors prescribe more antibiotics than any other health professionals in the country.

30 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

An Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) audit of 63 labour hire employers revealed a disappointing 79 per cent didn’t meet all their obligations under Australia’s workplace laws.

30 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

A controversial trial allowing pharmacists to prescribe antibiotics for UTIs has gone ahead amid renewed questions on pharmacy vaccination programs.