About Mathew

Mathew Stulic is a leading Australian construction, major projects and infrastructure lawyer. He is a strategic adviser on all phases of the project lifecycle. He has a particular focus on dispute avoidance, resolution, claims management and strategic advice.

Mathew seeks to collaborate with clients to understand their commercial objectives, assist in developing strategies to achieve those commercial objectives and then manage implementation. His primary focus is the cost effective resolution of claims and disputes through a variety of ADR techniques, but where that is not possible, to assist clients in formal dispute processes such as litigation, arbitration and adjudication. Mathew is a market leader in the management of security of payment risks, advising on countless adjudication processes and appearing for parties in many of the lead cases in recent years, including in the High Court of Australia, the NSW Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of NSW, often testing novel points of law.

Mathew’s recent work at Maddocks has included advice in the rail, renewable energy and water sectors and he is advising a number of developers and major contractors in respect of management of commercial risks associated with residential apartment defects in NSW.

Mathew is a past winner of the UK Society of Construction Law’s Hudson Prize.

Experience

  • Security of Payment

    Acting for numerous parties in relation to matters arising out of security of payment legislation, including the only security of payment cases to be heard in the High Court of Australia: Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v Shade Systems Pty Ltd [2018] HCA 4 and Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd (in Liq.) v Lewence Construction Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 52 as well as a number of NSW Court of Appeal and first instance decisions including Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd v Southern Cross Electrical Engineering Ltd [2017] NSWSC 1665.

  • Renewable sector

    Acting for owners on a number of EPC Contracts in the development of renewable energy assets in NSW and Queensland including in relation to claims management and security of payment risk.

  • Major contractors

    Acting for a number of contractors in the management of commercial risks associated with residential building defects under the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW), developing claims resolution strategies and management of litigation in the Supreme Court of NSW.

  • Justice infrastructure

    Advising Justice Infrastructure on claims management and resolution strategies in respect of the development and refurbishment of a number of prisons across NSW.

  • Transport for NSW

    Acting for the State on a number of major rail infrastructure projects for over a decade including Epping to Chatswood Rail Line. Rail Clearways Program, Wynyard Walk, Power Supply Upgrade Program, the TAP Program, civil works packages on North West Rail Link.

  • "I use him because he's commercially astute."

    Client feedback, Chambers Asia Pacific

  • "Complex matters have been addressed strategically and with a good degree of commercial acumen; adversarial behaviour is not discounted but is not considered the first and only resort."

    Chambers Asia Pacific

  • "I feel comfortable challenging him about the law but he'll also explain clearly why what he thinks is what he thinks."

    Chambers Asia Pacific

  • "He's a pretty down-to-earth guy, very amiable and you can talk to him in a fairly relaxed environment"

    Chambers Asia Pacific

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