About Us

We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

Learn More

Latest Case

Advising global cryptocurrency exchange operators on entry into Australian market July 31, 2018

The rise in popularity and demand for cryptocurrency trading has resulted in a number of cryptocurrency exchange operators expanding into different countries, including Australia, to create a global brand. In Australia, new laws and regulations … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks advises French firm on major construction company acquisition August 6, 2018

Monday 6 August 2018 Law firm Maddocks recently advised French firm Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of leading Australian construction and fitout business AW Edwards. The acquisition is a key part of Bouygues’ continued expansion … Continued

Latest Article

Do your construction documents conform with the new Ministerial Directions and Instructions for Public Construction Procurement? August 15, 2018

Are you a state government department or public body which procures public construction works and services? Are you in the process of determining which form of contract will be most appropriate for your procurement to issue … Continued

Sefton Warner Special Counsel

Background and legal expertise

Sefton has a well-established track record advising a range of construction industry participants including project proponents from both the private and public sectors as well as contractors and financiers across a range of industry sectors in respect of major projects both in Australia and overseas.

His practical skills and experience have been exclusively focussed on the front-end of construction projects, including drafting and reviewing project documentation such as construction contracts and ancillary documentation (consultancy, supply and direct deeds), reviewing legislation (including trade occupational licensing) and leading the negotiation process on some of Australia’s most complex and high profile projects. He also provides a variety of project advice, support and training.

Sefton is recommended for Project Finance/Development in the latest edition of Best Lawyers Australia and listed as a Construction/Infrastructure rising star in Doyle’s Guide 2016.

Relevant experience and recent projects

  • Melbourne Metro PPP project– acting for the successful D&C Subcontractor for the Melbourne Metro PPP – Tunnels and Stations Project, comprising Bouygues, John Holland and Lendlease.
  • East West Link PPP project – acting for the successful D&C Subcontractor for the East West Link PPP Project (including the workout following cancellation), comprising Acciona, Bouygues and Lendlease.
  • WestConnex New M5 project – acting for a bidder for WestConnex New M5 Project (Sydney).
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre project – acting for the successful D&C Subcontractor for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Project, comprising Grocon and PCL Constructors.
  • Amazon – advising on the launch and construction of warehouse and distribution facilities in Australia.
  • Museums Victoria – acting on a capital redevelopment program across multiple sites.
  • Melbourne Quarter development – acting for VicRoads in connection with the Melbourne Quarter development site above Wurundjeri Way (including construction and long-term maintenance arrangements).
  • VicTrack – acting in relation to various rail and non-rail sites and projects.
  • Electra Net – advising on various construction documents.
  • GDF Suez – advising on the preparation, tender and negotiation of major outage, on-going station maintenance and mine maintenance contracts for the Hazelwood Power Station and Mine.
  • AirTrunk – advising on the construction and funding of two scaleable data centres in New South Wales and Victoria.
  • ServiceStream – advising on its procurement suite.
  • Essendon Airport – advising on the long term redevelopment of Essendon Fields.