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Veno Panicker

Veno leads our Construction & Infrastructure team. His knowledge of the legal issues facing building and construction industries is second to none.

Veno has more than a decade’s experience using his legal skills to help construction industry players reach 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 & D Arraj Don’t Blame it on the Sunset: Reasonable endevours and rights to rescind ‘off the plan’ sale contracts (2016) Australian Property Law Bulletin 30
  • V Panicker, J Liang 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 (2014) Blackstone Waterhouse Property News (October)

“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 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 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 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)

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

Phil Woods, Senior Legal Counsel, Thiess.

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