Thursday 16 November 2017
Maddocks has appointed Catherine Baxter, a leading expert in the procurement and delivery of public infrastructure projects, as a special counsel in the firm’s Sydney office.
Catherine is a trusted adviser to NSW Government having been involved in most of the major public infrastructure programs in recent years including the Sydney Metro City & Southwest, Northwest, Barangaroo Ferry Hub and Kooragang Island Coal Loader project. Catherine joins Maddocks from the Infrastructure Group at Ashurst and, prior to that, was a member of the Construction & Major Projects Group at Clayton Utz. Catherine also has previous in-house experience with the UK Department of Transport on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project.
Catherine’s practice focuses on major infrastructure projects with a particular emphasis on the property and public law dimensions of major projects. She takes a holistic view of a project, linking the property, construction and public law aspects to identify gaps and minimise risk to delivery. She advises on the structure and documentation of land arrangements during and after construction of a major infrastructure project, as well as negotiating arrangements with third parties, including other government authorities. Catherine’s extensive experience in infrastructure projects and government allows her to identify issues early and present practical, commercial solutions.
Maddocks partner and Sydney Construction & Projects practice team leader Andrew Chapman said Catherine’s appointment was a significant addition to the team.
‘Catherine brings with her a rare background and set of skills having worked with and within government on a number of major public infrastructure projects. Her property and public law skillset with a projects focus is highly complementary to our current team,’ Andrew said.
Maddocks partner and transport lead Mathew Stulic said Catherine will provide valuable support and input to transport projects that the firm is involved in.
‘One of our key focus areas is the Government sector. Transport projects in NSW are a major part of that focus. We have an integrated, multi-disciplinary service offering across our core skillsets in property, planning and construction with deep knowledge about how government works,’ Mathew said.
‘Catherine is a person of the highest integrity with a strong track record of delivery. Her expertise adds greatly to our integrated projects offering.’
Catherine commented: ‘The opportunity to help make a contribution to a growing team is an exciting one. The challenges of procuring and delivering public infrastructure requires deep specialisation and industry know how. I look forward to serving clients at Maddocks and working with a highly impressive team with a growing reputation.’
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