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Expert advice in the delivery of construction projects, all forms of contracting, procurement and dispute resolution.

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UDIA Major Industry PartnerObtaining strategic legal advice early in the life cycle of an infrastructure development or major project will save time and money in the long term. Advice from experienced lawyers can help you manage key risks, avoid unnecessary delays, and structure and manage your project to achieve the best outcomes.

Our legal experts advise on the full spectrum of construction, procurement and contracting matters, with expertise in all aspects of infrastructure development, including planning and environment, finance, native title, property, occupational health and safety, and dispute resolution.

We work with proponents, smaller subcontracting businesses and larger project consortia participants to help them understand the legal options associated with their project from start to finish, minimising the potential for costly and avoidable disputes.

We advise on and negotiate the construction and management of all types of infrastructure crossing various sectors across Australia, including property, transport, mining and resources, and water.

We also advise on the range of delivery models, including Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Early Contractor Involvement (ECI), Alliances, Design and Construct (D&C), Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT), Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management (EPCM) and more.

Our team was recommended for both non-contentious and contentious issues in Doyle’s Guide to Leading Construction Firms - Queensland, 2012 and 2015. One of our Partners was also mentioned in the Australian Financial Review in Best Lawyers in Australia - 2018. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Project planning and due diligence 
  • Financing and capital raising strategies 
  • Planning approvals 
  • Probity advice 
  • Native title and cultural heritage 
  • Industrial relations, including workers’ compensation and health and safety 
  • Procurement and tendering strategies 
  • Certification processes 
  • Consortium agreements 
  • Building and Construction Industry Payment Act 2004 claims 
  • Contracts, including pre-contract documents such as heads of agreement, memoranda of understanding, EPC, construction, operation and management
  • Construction contract delivery models, including ECI, alliance, PPP, D&C, DCM and DCOM
  • Construction exit strategies 
  • Dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and litigation
  • Insurance
  • Advising on construction contracts for the large mixed-use Port of Airlie project, including 15 beachfront homes, 365 apartments, a 140 room hotel, a 240 berth marina, and a variety of restaurants and shops. 
  • Advising BHP Billiton on all aspects of the development and early operation of the Port of Townsville port facility, including tenure and land acquisition, contracting, haulage, construction, power, establishing a rail head and rail haulage agreement, and developing a new offshore wharf. 
  • Advising BP Australia on the preparation and negotiation of an EPC contract for installing a flare safety project at the BP refinery on Bulwer Island, in addition to preparing a standard suite of contracts for design and construction on BP sites Australia-wide. 
  • Advising Clyde Babcock-Hitachi on construction contracts and back-end dispute resolution for Condong power station at Broadwater sugar mills. 
  • Advising Foxleigh Mining on documentation and commercial arrangements for the development and construction of Foxleigh Coal Mine, mine operations with Thiess, and a coal handling and preparation plant with Roche Mining Group. 
  • Advising Leda Group on the commercial negotiations and the preparation of construction contracts for the Sunshine Homemaker Centre at Maroochydore. 
  • Advising Richard Flanagan Electrical Contractors, a large Queensland-based electrical contractor, on procurement strategies, risk allocation and security of payment issues. 
  • Providing workshops to a number of businesses on Building and Construction Industry Payment Act payments legislation. 
  • Advising numerous developers on infrastructure related development conditions. 
  • Advising Boral on its proposed development of a hard rock quarry at Reedy Creek, with approximately 84 million tonnes capacity. The Coordinator General has declared the project a 'State significant project'. 
  • Advising Queensland Rail and the Gold Coast City Council on the Beenleigh Railway Station redevelopment project. 
  • Advising Queensland Rail on the Moura Link Aldoga and Dalrymple Bay Rail projects, as well as various railyard upgrades and vegetation clearance issues on rail corridors. 
  • Advising Clarke Energy in the negotiation of an EPC contract for the construction of a power station to support Dyno Nobel’s ammonium nitrate plant.
  • Advising global power company AES Corporation on the negotiation of a major EPC construction contract at the Stuart power station in Townsville. 
  • Advising on the acquisition, sale, and ongoing operational and development advice for the Moranbah to Townsville gas pipeline.