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Sarah Bryden

Expertise

Sarah has been a key member in Holding Redlich's Construction & Infrastructure practice for approximately three years. Prior to this she was a Senior Associate at a top tier international law firm where she gained a wealth of experience acting in a broad range of large scale litigious matters.

Experience

Sarah is an experienced litigator in the construction and infrastructure sphere. Her considerable commercial experience includes appearing personally for clients in Tribunals, mediations and settlement conferences as well as instructing senior and junior counsel in complex litigation in both state and federal jurisdictions. Sarah also has valuable experience running complex adjudications, as well as resultant injunction proceedings, under the Payments legislation in various states. Sarah has a depth of experience in managing large scale and complex building and construction disputes and she has proven to clients her ability to quickly analyse matters, determine critical strategic issues and advise on how these issues may impact her client’s end goal.

Some examples of the recent projects and disputes that Sarah has been involved in include: 

  • acting for a major head contractor defending a number of disputes in relation to the Enforced Land Force Stage 2B Facilities project (ELF). The client was the Managing Contractor of the ELF Project, part of a national upgrade to the Australian Defence Force sites and involves the construction of training and accommodation facilities for the Australian Defence Force at the Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera, Brisbane
  • acting in various disputes about contractual entitlements of subcontractors involved in the construction of the Queensland Cilento Children’s Hospital 
  • acting for plaintiffs in a major claim against a well-known property developer and builder. The claim involved approximately 190 individual plaintiffs who brought proceedings in the Supreme Court against the builder and developer of Festival Towers, a high rise mixed use building in Brisbane. The claim was for breach of contract, negligence and breach of the Trade Practices Act resulting from defective work in the construction of the building 
  • acting as an advocate for the Queensland Building and Construction Commission in QCAT in a review by an individual of a decision by the Commission not to direct a builder to rectify defective works. Sarah was asked to act for the Commission at the last minute and she demonstrated her ability to quickly and decisively determine relevant issues and manage a complete hearing in a very short time frame 
  • adjudication proceedings in relation to the APLNG Gas Processing Facilities.

Publications

21 May 2018 - Blog

What's News in Construction & Infrastructure? - 21 May 2018

#Construction & Infrastructure

14 May 2018 - Blog

What's News in Healthcare? - 14 May 2018

#Construction & Infrastructure

The fake doctors who get away with medical fraud: Melbourne man Raffaele Di Paolo pleaded guilty last week to abusing patients while practising as a specialist without qualifications.

10 May 2018 - Blog

Does the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (Vic) apply to developers?

#Construction & Infrastructure

A recent decision of the Victorian Supreme Court has finally settled the application of the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (Vic) to developers.