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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

25 May 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Patients at hospital emergency departments and COVID-19 clinics will benefit from an $8.6 million expansion of the NSW Government’s award-winning Patient Experience Program.

21 May 2020 - Knowledge

New orders for construction sites in NSW

#Construction & Infrastructure, #COVID-19

The Development Consent Order allows the Planning Minister, in consultation with the Health Minister, to make an order to authorise a development to be carried out on land without the need for any approval under the EP&A Act or consent from any person.

19 May 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

Despite a maturing infrastructure investment market, private capital sufficient to support $1trn of infrastructure development is currently going unspent, according to a report commissioned by RICS’ World Built Environment Forum: Bridging the gap: Private investment in future infrastructure provision.

18 May 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Former prime minister Julia Gillard has been appointed the next chair of one of the world's largest investors in medical research and pandemics, and is using her new role to join calls for an investigation into the coronavirus outbreak.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Electronic execution changes in Victoria

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

In an effort to cure a number of logistical issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, new Victorian Regulations for the execution and witnessing of documents were passed on 12 May 2020. The objective of the Regulations is to modify the application of certain acts (in particular, the Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000, Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018, Powers of Attorney Act 2014 and Wills Act 1997) to further provide for the use of electronic signatures, witnessing of documents by audio visual links and related matters.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Acting in ‘good faith’ – what does it really mean?

#Construction & Infrastructure

We often see contractual obligations on parties to act in ‘good faith’ – but what does this mean? How do courts interpret this term? We unravel the doctrine of good faith through a practice example.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Fast-tracking construction and infrastructure projects through COVID-19

#Construction & Infrastructure, #COVID-19

With the construction industry likely being part of rebuilding the economy, we look at what plans are being made to fast-track projects to keep the industry moving.

12 May 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has detailed a gradual opening up of society with the timing of Stage 1, 2 and 3 determined by the states.

06 May 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

Construction projects across the world have been significantly affected by COVID-19. As management of the pandemic continues to evolve, many project leaders are no longer focused on potentially closing sites, but rather the measures required to allow sites to remain open and continue work.

06 May 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

The role of law in this health emergency has been central.

29 April 2020 - Knowledge

Terminators beware – ACL application to small business contracts

#Construction & Infrastructure, #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.

27 April 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Australians can now download the government’s controversial coronavirus contact tracing app, COVIDSafe, amid ongoing concerns about privacy of those using the app.