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Latest Case

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Maddocks appoints next CEO March 31, 2020

Tuesday 31 March 2020  Maddocks has appointed David Newman as the firm’s next Chief Executive Officer. David is a partner in the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency team and is based in Melbourne. David brings significant … Continued

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Changes to Clerks Award eases burden on employers during COVID-19 March 31, 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has granted an urgent application to vary the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 (the Clerks Award), making changes to annual leave, minimum hours and notice requirements. The decision is … Continued

Ben McLeod Special Counsel

Ben has extensive experience advising on construction and engineering projects across a variety of sectors, including utilities, road, rail, healthcare, industrial and residential projects. He acts for contractors, subcontractors, principals, and state and local government.

Ben is experienced 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 mediation, statutory adjudication, litigation and arbitration.

Ben has an intimate understanding of his clients’ business drivers and the factors that underpin a successful construction project, having been seconded to a major Australian contractor for a year to lead the legal team of one of its business lines.

Legal expertise

  • Construction law
  • Dispute resolution (including adjudication, litigation, arbitration, expert determination and mediation)
  • Project advisory and risk mitigation
  • Advising on construction-related insurance claims

Relevant experience

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Acting for Probuild in Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings concerning claims for liquidated damages, extensions of time and delay damages in relation to the design and construction of a AU$120m high rise apartment complex in Victoria.
  • Successfully acting for Rock Australia in relation to claims for payment in excess of AU$20m under security of payment legislation for works performed on the Sino Iron Ore Project at Cape Preston in Western Australia.
  • Acting for Cardno Young in Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory proceedings relating to the design and construction of the North Weston Pond in Canberra. Reportedly the largest ACT Supreme Court litigation in history.
  • Acting for the City of Casey in proceedings against a design and construct contractor and two design consultants for claims in excess of $10m arising out of the design and construction of an aquatic centre.