Paul acts for major Australian and multi-national principals and contractors in building, engineering and infrastructure projects. His experience includes the preparation and negotiation of project documents for industrial, commercial, residential and Government infrastructure. He also has extensive experience assisting clients to resolve complex building and engineering disputes.
Paul has worked on projects ranging from ports and airports, tertiary and secondary education buildings, roads, bridges, pipelines, high density residential buildings and renewable energy projects. He is also familiar with all forms dispute resolution in the infrastructure sector including litigation, arbitration, expert determination, statutory adjudication and mediation.
Paul was ranked in the Chambers Asia Pacific 2023 guide for Construction, and received a Leading Individual ranking in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 guide for his work in Infrastructure Projects & Construction.
Paul is the Partnership Chair.
Tier 1 Australian building contractor
Acted for a Tier 1 Australian building contractor in Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings involving claims for delay and extra payment, relating to a $120m residential development in Melbourne.
Major Victorian Government procurement authority
Advised a major Victorian Government procurement authority in an arbitration concerning work on a landfill site, and involving around 30 claims for extensions of time and delay damages, as well as counterclaims for liquidated damages (Victorian law).
Multi-national civil and pipeline contractor
Advised a multi-national civil and pipeline contractor on:
- the defence of claims brought against it in a domestic arbitration involving the GLNG natural gas project in Queensland (IAMA Rules, Queensland law)
- its claims and counterclaims for damages (alleged delay, defects and LD’s) arising out of the APLNG natural gas project in Queensland.
Australian / Japanese joint venture
Advised an Australian / Japanese joint venture in a multi-million dollar dispute over an EPC contract for a geothermal power plant in Indonesia. Arbitration under SIAC Rules with seat in Singapore - settled at mediation in Singapore.
"Paul Woods has provided excellent leadership on our litigation project, which has some complex issues within it. He always responds on time and clearly, and has built an excellent team around him who clearly like working with him."
Client feedback, The Legal 500, Asia Pacific, 2022
"He's very knowledgeable in his field of law and he's very strategic. He'll give quite a commercially driven view to get a good solution that will resolve the situation."
Chambers Asia Pacific
"Putting his clients' arguments as strongly as they can be put."
Chambers Asia Pacific
"One of the best litigators we have had the pleasure of working with. Smart, considered, ruthless when needed but generally considerate and ethical. Has been a beacon for us through a complex historical case."
Legal 500 Asia Pacific