The property, planning and construction law experts

Blackstone Waterhouse is an Australian law firm with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, specialising in construction, property and planning law. Our focus is your successful project delivery. We combine the legal skills and intellectual rigour of a top-tier firm with the accessibility of a boutique practice. Our clients include international and domestic developers, contractors and major corporates. We have advised on some of Australia’s largest projects.


We make it our mission to understand the construction, property and planning industries like no others. That’s why we speak your language, not legalese. We always deliver on time and on budget.

We value relationships and pride ourselves on assisting with your successful project delivery.


We always start by working with you to understand your commercial drivers. Then we use our legal skills to deliver on your commercial goals rather than pursuing esoteric points of law.

We start with the end in mind – and maintain that focus throughout the project lifecycle.


We advise property developers, contractors and major corporates on every stage of project delivery. Our clients value our commercial, relationship-based approach to legal advice. Of course we have a passion for the law, but we appreciate our clients are usually more interested in outcomes.

What our clients say

“Veno has consistently driven the successful resolution of numerous disputes relating to residential, commercial, university and defence projects. From the early negotiated resolution of smaller claims, steering settlement at multi-party mediations and running matters to hearing where necessary, his commercial and responsive approach is highly regarded among clients and peers.”

John Meggitt, Former Executive General Manager Legal (General Counsel), Lend Lease Building and Baulderstone (General Counsel)

“Veno has provided excellent service, including (a) quick responses to often complex questions of law and fact; (b) legal advice that includes a thorough understanding of the commercial needs and risks associated with the EPC business.”

David Bashford, General Counsel, Global EPC & O &M, First Solar Inc., Arizona, USA

“Veno was able to distil the key issues between the parties early and this enabled an early commercial resolution of what otherwise could have been a protracted litigation”.

Leonard Blundell, Former General Counsel, Lend Lease, Urban Regeneration and Communities (Australia)

“Danny can seamlessly drive major real estate projects through all aspects of planning, property and construction. His technical skills, experience and commercial savvy put us at ease as we know he will get the deal done.”

Fouad Deiri, Managing Director, DeiCorp

‘Danny is our ‘go to’ for major project disputes. He has been an exceptional advocate for our company and has cemented this through his work for MCJV on the APLNG and QCLNG Projects. Danny is able to distil complex issues into clear and concise advice. He has quickly become an integral support to our Australian operations.’

Antoine Hayek, Director and Operations Manager, Consolidated Contracting Company Australia Pty Ltd

“Veno is an excellent, solutions-focussed back-end lawyer and I wouldn’t hesitate to use him on my utility-scale solar EPC projects in the future.”

Adam C Walters, Senior Counsel, SolarCity Corporation, San Mateo, California

Veno’s efficient attention to detail and commercial pragmatism set him apart from the rest.”

Phil Woods, Senior Legal Counsel, Thiess.

“Much is said publicly about the length and expense of litigation, the reasons for delays when they occur and the roles and motivations of solicitors and barristers who are involved in these cases. To my observation, this case was run with conspicuous efficiency and occupied no more, and probably considerably less, time than might have been expected in the circumstances. I direct my remarks about this, and my appreciation for it, both to experienced counsel for the parties and to the experienced solicitors who retained them.”

NSW Supreme Court judgment in Dansar Pty Ltd v Pagotto [2008] NSWSC 112 per Harrison J

“Danny is the best project delivery lawyer in the market. He is able to steer a major development project from conception, due diligence, site acquisition and planning issues, all aspects of residential and commercial property, through to construction and disposals.”

Jean Nassif, CEO Toplace

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