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Veno Panicker

Partner

T. +61 2 9279 0288
E. VPANICKER@BWL.COM.AU

Veno leads our Construction & Infrastructure team. His knowledge of the legal issues facing the building and construction industries is second to none. Veno has more than 15 year’s experience using his legal skills to help construction industry players reach a best for project outcomes. From tender and project delivery through to claims and completion, Veno can assist across the project lifecycle. His clients include major and mid-tier contractors, developers and consultants and he has advised on transactions involving residential and commercial developments, as well as road, rail, defence, renewable energy and social infrastructure projects. Veno is an expert in dispute resolution and has strong experience in facilitated negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, cross-border arbitration, adjudication, litigation and expert determination.

Experience

  • Acting for First Solar Inc. on the Nyngan and Broken Hill Solar Farm Projects.
  • Acting as part of the team advising Consolidated Contractors Company  on one of the largest ever LNG pipeline arbitration disputes In Australia.
  • Advising a major international developer on developing a protocol for managing defects claims in residential developments.
  • Advising a major renewables concern on amending its standard EPC sub-contract for the region.
  • Successfully negotiating and resolving a $45million multi-party dispute for a major head contractor as part of the NBN Project. The dispute involved over 2000 variations and claims for delay costs and preliminaries across 10 sites and 5 states.
  • Acting for Lend Lease in landmark decisions, including Intercon v Lend Lease Project Management & Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCA 46 and Lend Lease in Wright v Lend Lease Project Management & Construction (Australia Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 441.

Memberships

  • Society of Construction Law, Australia
  • Law Society of NSW

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice, Flinders University, South Australia (2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University, South Australia (2002)
  • Masters of Law, University of NSW (2008)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of NSW and SA

Recent Articles and Presentations

  • V Panicker Essentially a Good Call – Another Win for the Developer (2018) Hills Central Pty Ltd v Hagerty NSWSC 789
  • V Panicker & D Arraj Don’t Blame it on the Sunset: Reasonable endeavours and rights to rescind ‘off the plan’ sale contracts (2016) Australian Property Law Bulletin 30
  • V Panicker, Managing EPC risks in solar farm projects (February 2016)
  • V Panicker Back to back is back in black – Certainty for head contractors in managing subcontractor bank guarantees (2015) ACLN 160
  • V Panicker Managing residential defects – why less is more and cash is king (October 2015)
  • V Panicker, D Arraj Breaking up is hard to do – Managing the risks associated with ending a difficult contract (2015) ALCC News
  • V Panicker Security of Payment Update (August 2015)
  • V Panicker You get what you pay for – the High Court on a builder’s liability for latent defects Blackstone Waterhouse Property News (October 2014)

Awards

  • Lawyers Weekly – Construction & Infrastructure Partner of the Year Finalist 2018

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