Construction & major projects
From concept development, finance and planning, through to project delivery, contract administration, risk management and, where necessary, dispute resolution, our team does not apply a one-size-fits-all approach to problem-solving, but develops industry-specific legal strategies that offer the right solution to assist clients in achieving their business objectives.
We provide the following core services:
- advising on, drafting, negotiating and preparing contract documentation for construction and infrastructure projects
- contract administration
- project risk management
- dispute minimisation and early dispute avoidance strategies
- dispute resolution.
We act for principals contractors, suppliers and government and have delivered across a diverse range of project sectors, including:
- residential, commercial and industrial projects
- social infrastructure projects
- water and energy infrastructure
- transport projects
- engineering projects.
We believe our knowledge of our client’s business allows us to navigate the best approach for all stages of a project including project delivery methods, risk identification and mitigation strategies, procurement, bidding, negotiation, contract administration and dispute avoidance or resolution.
Our Construction & Major Projects team also has extensive experience advising on cross-border transactions and assisting international clients on their entry into the Australian construction and infrastructure sectors.
Residential: Acting for a Queensland property developer, we have prepared contracts for each of four stages of civil and construction works for a residential development project of 58 townhouses, a service station and child care centre. With three stages now complete, the fourth has commenced, and a fifth stage is expected in the near future.
Industrial: We are acting for a leading A-REIT in drafting amendments to a contract for the design and construction of a project. The contract sum is in excess of $20 million, comprising three industrial buildings.
Dispute minimisation and early dispute avoidance strategies: We acted for a contractor against a top 100 company to identify and implement an alternative expedited dispute resolution process, using a Dispute Resolution Board (comprising a retired Justice of the High Court, former State head of a major contracting company, and a prominent geotechnical engineer). This reduced the time required for resolution using abbreviated pleading and evidence processes, including limiting the quantum and length of expert witness reports, and ultimately resulted in a successful early resolution.
Dispute resolution: We acted for a contractor on a dispute in multi-jurisdictions in relation to a project comprising two multi-storey residential apartment buildings with heritage requirements, involving time related/programming claims, claims relating to scope of work, and defects.
Social infrastructure: We acted for Sancta Sophia College (Sydney University) on a major upgrade to its student accommodation, creating a new 128-bed student accommodation facility.
Major projects: We act for a major contractor involved in the National Broadband Network project on the engineering, procurement and construction of large-scale aggregation nodes throughout Australia.
Energy: We acted for the project developer of three remote power stations in the Northern Territory.