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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Maximum term contracts considered by the Commission: has their use expired? December 11, 2017

Last week, in what is a decision with potentially significant implications, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench has overturned the legal principle underpinning the widespread use of maximum term contracts. These contracts are a common … Continued

Anna Scannell Special Counsel

Background and legal expertise

Anna joined Maddocks’ Construction & Development team in November 2011, having spent the previous eight years working as a construction lawyer in both the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.

She acts for a wide range of participants in the construction and infrastructure sectors, including Government entities, private developers, head contractors, sub-contractors and consultants.

Anna’s area of practice is focussed primarily on dispute resolution and dispute avoidance. She has advised and represented clients in relation to a wide range of issues arising out of construction and infrastructure projects, including contract termination and claims in respect of variations, extensions of time, prolongation and acceleration costs.

Anna has experience in a broad range of formal and informal dispute resolution mechanisms including negotiation, mediation, statutory adjudication, court proceedings and both domestic and international arbitration.

Relevant experience and recent projects

  • Acted for a major construction company in Supreme Court proceedings concerning complex claims for variations, extensions of time, delay costs, disruption costs arising out of a contract for construction of a university campus. The matter was settled in ADR.
  • Acting for a major engineering consultancy in Supreme Court proceedings concerning claims associated with the discovery of latent conditions during constructive of a dam.
  • Acted for a local government entity in relation to various claims and counterclaims arising out of the termination of a contract for the upgrade and refurbishment of a heritage-listed building including claims against the contractor for defective works and liquidated damages.
  • Acting for a major construction company in relation to various adjudication applications and representing that contractor in an expert determination with respect to claims against the principal concerning delays and additional cost associated with the discovery of site contamination.
  • Advised a major services contractor on complex and substantial claims arising out of an agreement with NBN Co for fibre optic cable roll-out in six national NBN regions as part of the National Broadband Network project.
  • Advised a major civil works subcontractor on claims for extensions of time and delay costs arising out of a subcontract for civil work on a significant government project, and representing that subcontractor at a mediation with the head contractor in relation to those claims. The matter was settled in ADR.
  • Worked as part of a team of lawyers seconded to a Dubai Government entity, advising it in relation to claims by an international construction consortium for extensions of time, variations, prolongation and acceleration costs arising out of a US $10 billion contract for the design and construction of a mass transit rail network in Dubai.
  • Acted for a Japanese contractor in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings based in London concerning claims by a sub-contractor for extensions of time, variations and prolongation costs arising in relation to a project for the design and construction of a major water transmission scheme in Abu Dhabi. The matter was settled in ADR.
  • Advised a local government authority on strategies for the successful settlement of claims arising out of defects in works at an aquatic centre. The matter was settled in ADR.
  • Acted for a government-owned developer in arbitration proceedings concerning claims by the head contractor for extensions of time and prolongation costs arising out of a US $150 million contract for the construction of 23 separate car parking and podium structures forming part of a mixed-use development comprising 79 high rise towers in Dubai.
  • Acted for a joint venture between Japanese and Lebanese contractors in relation to disputes with both the Principal and various sub-contractors arising out of a US $150 million project for the design and construction of a multi-story commercial tower block in Dubai.
  • Advised an international construction consortium on a number of disputes (under both the head contract and sub-contracts) in relation to a US $5 billion project for the design and construction of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
  • Represented a Japanese contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning claims by a mechanical and electrical sub-contractor for acceleration and variation costs in relation to a project for the construction of a hotel in Djibouti.
  • Represented a European contractor in a mediation concerning claims by a structural steelworks sub-contractor for additional payment for variations in relation to a project for the design and construction of an autodrome.
  • Provided ongoing advice to a Kuwaiti developer in relation to a range of issues arising out of a significant development forming part of the “The World” project for the reclamation of over 100 islands off the coast of Dubai.
  • Advising and representing a range of parties in numerous statutory adjudication proceedings for the recovery of payments under security of payment legislation in both Australia and New Zealand.