Andrew is a specialist construction and infrastructure lawyer with substantial litigation and dispute resolution experience. Andrew specialises in the resolution of complex construction, engineering and technology disputes dealing primarily with complex issues of time, cost and quality. Andrew advises various industry participants (government, private developers, joint venture parties, major infrastructure contractors, specialist subcontractors and consultants) on project delivery and dispute resolution, including negotiated settlements, adjudication, mediation, expert determination, arbitration (domestic and international) and court based litigation. He has managed complex disputes relating to PPP, construction, energy (coal & gas), green energy (battery storage & wind), hospital, IT, manufacturing, road, residential, school and water projects.
Andrew is regularly engaged to advise on complex contractual claims, Australian Consumer Law claims, disciplinary and civil penalty matters, professional negligence claims and other claims in tort, equitable claims, remedies, civil procedure law, appellate law, administrative law (including security of payment matters) and insurance law. He is particularly known for his contractual and statutory interpretation skills and his expertise in interlocutory matters.
Government procurement authority
Acting for a major Government procurement authority in a complex domestic arbitration (bespoke rules) brought by a national contractor concerning work on a landfill site, and involving more than 30 claims for extensions of time and delay damages, as well as counterclaims for liquidated damages and defective works (Victorian law).
Multi-national engineering company
Acting for a major multi-national (German owned) engineering company on multiple complex contentious matters involving delay, disruption and latent conditions against a multi-national mining company (Queensland law).
Acting for a tier 1 Australian contractor in a dispute concerning the design and construction of a major transport hub, and involving claims for extensions of time and delay damages.
Acting for a major Australian civil contractor in High Court and related Supreme Court proceedings brought by a landowner against a number of defendants seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, concerning major protection works and the interpretation of a contract of insurance.
Acting for a major multi-national (New Zealand owned) contractor in Court of Appeal and related Supreme Court proceedings concerning the interpretation of provisions of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic).
Is the law of the contract and the law of an arbitration agreement the same? Not always
This decision highlights the importance of a governing law clause that covers all aspects of the contract.
Expert determination clauses: a broad and liberal approach to the search for meaning
Expert determination clauses and agreements must, in the usual course, be given a broad and liberal construction.