Construction & Infrastructure

Our Construction & Infrastructure Group doesn’t just understand the law; we also understand the business of construction. We know the practices. We know the players. And we know what’s possible. We’ve worked for developers (national and international) and contractors on a range of projects, including complex engineering infrastructure projects and high rise residential projects. And, like our clients, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver every project on time and on budget.

Our team has considerable experience acting for developers and head contractors in major projects involving:

  • residential, commercial and industrial property;
  • LNG;
  • solar and renewable energy;
  • IT infrastructure; and
  • road and rail.
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Our expertise includes: 

  • structures for project delivery;
  • tendering and contract documents;
  • contract administration, risk management and project delivery;
  • dispute minimisation and early dispute avoidance strategies;
  • project dispute resolution including:
    • adjudication;
    • mediation, facilitated negotiation and ADR;
    • litigation; and
    • domestic and cross-border arbitration (including the SIAC, ACICA and CIETAC)

Our recent work includes

QCLING PIPELINE
Advising Consolidated Contractors Company on one of the largest ever LNG pipeline arbitration disputes, with claims exceeding more than $1 billion.

AGL Solar Flagships
Acting for a First Solar Inc, the EPC head contractor on the Southern Hemisphere’s largest solar project, the Broken Hill Solar Farm Project as well as acting on the Nyngan Solar Farm Project.

Risk Management
Advising a major international developer on developing a protocol for managing defects claims in residential developments.

Complex Contracts
Advising a major renewables head contractor on amending its standing EPC sub-contract for Australasia;

Multi-Party Disputes
Successfully negotiating and resolving a $45 million multi-party dispute for a major international 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.

Project Delivery
Negotiating a project delivery agreement and building contract suite for a series of major residential developments.

Project dispute resolution – Cases that matter
Between Veno, Danny and Malcolm our Construction & Infrastructure team has been involved in a broad range of landmark construction disputes including:

Acting for Ceerose in Owners Corporation SP76841 v Ceerose Pty Ltd & Anor [2016] NSWCA 1545 & [2017] NSWCA 140

Acting for Lend Lease in Intercon v Lend Lease Project Management & Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCA 463

Acting for Lend Lease in Wright v Lend Lease Project Management & Construction (Australia) PtyLtd [2014] NSWSC 441

Acting for CSR in Skilled Group v CSR Viridian & Anor [2012] VSC 290

Acting for Dasco Construction in Owners Corporation SP 72357 v Dasco Construction [2010] NSWSC 819

Acted for Watpac in Watpac v Austin Corp [2010] NSWSC 168

Acted for Remo Construction in Dualcorp v Remo Construction Pty Ltd [2009] NSWCA 69

Acted for John Holland in John Holland v RTA [2007] NSWSC 874

Acted for Perre & Ors in Perre v Apand [1999] 198 CLR 180

 

Practice Group Leader

Veno Panicker

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