About Ben

Ben has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters acting for a variety of participants in the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries, including contractors, principals, subcontractors, consultants and financiers. Ben has experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating tender documentation and construction and related contracts, as well as contract administration and risk mitigation strategies during the project delivery phase. He has particular expertise in the strategic management and resolution of complex disputes, including security of payment matters, litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Experience

  • Dispute, resolution & litigation

    Acting for a joint venture of two major contractors in defence of claims by the Principal for damages in excess of AU$1.1b regarding the design of a liquefied natural gas pipeline in north Queensland. This included advising on the complex array of project and party-specific professional indemnity insurance policies activated by the claims.

  • Dispute, resolution & litigation

    Acting for a major national services contractor in a dispute with an Australian government owned corporation involving complex and substantial claims for payment in excess of $150m associated with the rollout of a nationwide upgrade to telecommunications infrastructure.

  • Security of payment

    Successfully acting for a major contractor making an adjudication application in excess of $24m in respect of a current Victorian PPP. The determination in this case is considered to be the highest in Victorian security of payment history.

  • Sugar Australia

    Acting for Sugar Australia in relation to a variety of claims associated with the design and construction of a sugar refinery in Victoria, including claims for defective / incomplete work and damages, defending claims for extensions of time and delay costs and successfully defending claims under security of payment legislation.

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