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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.


Stephen Natoli

Stephen Natoli

Partner

Melbourne

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Kyle Siebel

Kyle Siebel

Partner

Melbourne

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Tony Britt

Tony Britt

Consultant

Sydney

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Stephen Burton

Stephen Burton

Partner

Brisbane

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Suzy Cairney

Suzy Cairney

Partner

Brisbane

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Troy Lewis

Troy Lewis

Partner

Brisbane

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Recent Posts

13 November 2019 - Knowledge

Ignore the contract at your peril: Developer estopped from relying on contract

#Construction & Infrastructure

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of NSW held that the Developer was estopped from relying on the strict interpretation of the contract due to its contract management with the result that the Builder was entitled to payment for additional works.

11 November 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

FSANZ is calling for public comment on an urgent Proposal to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products in Australia and New Zealand.

06 November 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

Sustained demand for high-quality commercial projects in Sydney and Melbourne has seen construction activity pick up across major city markets.

04 November 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

A $7 million research investment in pharmacogenomics will improve the treatment and outcomes of people with mental illness.

28 October 2019 - Knowledge

What you need to know about the Modern Slavery Act

#Procurement, #Construction & Infrastructure

For the majority of Australian entities required to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) the time to start implementing changes in their business to comply with the requirements began earlier this year, depending on the financial year adopted by that entity. This article provides practical guidance on what changes should be made to contracts, tender documentation and policies to achieve best practice MSA compliance.

28 October 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

The Federal Court has ordered hair loss treatment business Ashley & Martin to refund money paid by consumers as a result of unfair terms contained in its ‘Personal RealGROWTH Program’ hair loss treatment program.

23 October 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said that two years of strong advocacy by the AMA has resulted in much-needed stability and future security for the medical indemnity sector, ensuring the ability of doctors to continue to practise the art and science of medicine.

22 October 2019 - Knowledge

When near enough just isn’t good enough – the return of security prior to completion

#Construction & Infrastructure

A party’s right to the return of its security is often prescribed by the contract. But what happens to the security if the contract is terminated or the works are taken out of the contractor’s hands prior to the works reaching completion? This article looks at the recent case of Galileo Miranda Nominee Pty Ltd v Duffy Kennedy Pty Ltd which sheds some light on this question.

22 October 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

Not only is the property downturn hitting household consumption, it's also a big drag on economic growth and likely to last for another year, the RBA's deputy governor warns.

15 October 2019 - Knowledge

Bank guarantees and expiry dates: Where does the risk lie?

#Construction & Infrastructure

Providing security under a construction contract is an important risk allocation mechanism that can give rise to disputes between parties. Although bank guarantees are a popular way of providing security, when misused under a contract, they can have large implications for a party’s reputation and future borrowing ability.

14 October 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

The AMA supports the call by the Presidents of eleven highly respected Medical Colleges for the Australian Parliament to maintain the existing Medevac legislation and the Independent Health Advice Panel process.

10 October 2019 - Knowledge

Are you ready for the NSW Security of Payment Act changes?

#Construction & Infrastructure

In less than two weeks important changes in the Security of Payment legislation will come into force in New South Wales. The changes introduced by the Amendment Act will significantly impact the administration of construction contracts entered into after 21 October 2019, particularly during the project delivery phase.