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Construction & Infrastructure

Our team has a client-focused and value-driven approach designed to achieve our clients’ commercial objectives.

Construction & Infrastructure

Our Construction and Infrastructure Group works closely with clients to effectively manage contractual and commercial risk and to avoid, minimise and resolve disputes. Understanding clients’ objectives within the broader commercial and political context of their operations is a priority. 

Expertise

  • we specialise in all aspects of construction and infrastructure law with particular expertise in documenting and advising on complex projects 
  • we act for principals, developers, contractors, facilities managers, consultants and other industry participants
  • our clients range from major institutions to specialist consultants and subcontractors
  • we deliver front and back end services including tenders and project documentation; claims preparation and review; security of payment advice and claims- contract administration, risk management and strategic project planning; alternative dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration; and residential building disputes (NSW).
  • we can help guide you through the new Modern Slavery laws. These new laws are significant and high-profile changes for the Australian business landscape that reflect a growing awareness for the need to address modern slavery both domestically and internationally - and all business and government executives need to ensure they are up to speed. Find out more here about the new Modern Slavery laws and what we can do to ensure your business is compliant.

We also have dedicated pages on the key areas of Procurement and Building Cladding.

Procurement

Read more about our dedicated national Procurement practice group that provides services to a range of government and private sector clients here.

Building Cladding

Building cladding issues and legislation are currently among the most important topics for the construction industry. To see what expertise we provide in this area, click here.

Experience

Advising and acting on behalf of clients in relation to construction disputes (substantive litigation in all superior courts, arbitration, expert determination and mediation) in a number of sectors including major commercial construction, civil works projects, infrastructure projects, water, energy and resources projects, PPP’s, LNG projects and mining projects. 

This includes advising on some significant projects

  • Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal
  • GLNG Project
  • Abbott Point Coal Terminal
  • Riverside Walk
  • advising NSW Housing on a major social housing project in Glebe
  • advising the Northern Territory Government on the development of the Marine Industry Park (a 160 hectare development in Darwin)
  • advising a consortium on all aspects of its bid for Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Centre PPP
  • advising a consortium on its bid for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital PPP
  • advising financiers in relation to the O&M contracts for Lane Cove Tunnel project
  • advising financiers in relation to the widening and refinancing of the M5 toll road in New South Wales
  • acting in a major arbitration involving the construction of electricity and steam generation facilities at six Victorian hospitals involving companies from Australia, New Zealand, France and America (the Victorian Hospitals Cogeneration Project – VHCP)
  • advising an engineering company in relation to claims arising from the construction of an underground liquefied petroleum gas facility.


Recent Posts

30 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

An Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) audit of 63 labour hire employers revealed a disappointing 79 per cent didn’t meet all their obligations under Australia’s workplace laws.

30 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

A controversial trial allowing pharmacists to prescribe antibiotics for UTIs has gone ahead amid renewed questions on pharmacy vaccination programs.

24 June 2020 - Knowledge

NSW Court of Appeal confirms that Security of Payment Act benefit flows one way

#Construction & Infrastructure

We examine a recent case where the NSW Court of Appeal denies a developer a “Grosvenor Stay” based upon the developer's own financial distress on second attempt.

24 June 2020 - Knowledge

Is now the time for a change to “business as usual” in the construction industry?

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Procurement, #COVID-19

Disruptive events present opportunities for businesses to consider whether things can be done better. Now might be a suitable time for a change to contracting in the construction and infrastructure sector.

17 June 2020 - Knowledge

Developers risk not being able to get occupation certificates from 1 September

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Construction & Infrastructure

From 1 September 2020, the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 will give NSW building regulators the unprecedented power to prevent the issuing of an occupation certificate for new residential apartment buildings.

16 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

New home sales have fallen in each of the three months since the introduction ofCOVID-19 restrictions. This will flow through to a reduction in the volume of work on the ground in the second half of this year,” stated HIA’s Chief Economist.

15 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

The RACGP has created a template to help GPs grappling with requests for employer-mandated medical clearances that ‘guarantee’ patients are virus-free before returning to work.

09 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

At least one epidemiologist believes coronavirus infections may be five times higher than currently reported.

03 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

#Construction & Infrastructure

The Federal Circuit Court has imposed penalties totalling $54,000 against the former director of Victorian building company, SWAT Building Systems.

01 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

A review of more than 40 studies on coronavirus immunity suggests that SARS-CoV-2 could become the fifth seasonal coronavirus.

25 May 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Healthcare

#Construction & Infrastructure

Patients at hospital emergency departments and COVID-19 clinics will benefit from an $8.6 million expansion of the NSW Government’s award-winning Patient Experience Program.

21 May 2020 - Knowledge

New orders for construction sites in NSW

#Construction & Infrastructure, #COVID-19

The Development Consent Order allows the Planning Minister, in consultation with the Health Minister, to make an order to authorise a development to be carried out on land without the need for any approval under the EP&A Act or consent from any person.