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Alex in 60 seconds

Alex specialises in providing advice to the construction, infrastructure and mining sector. Alex focusses on providing advice during the delivery, completion and disputes phases of projects.

Alex acts for construction contractors, equipment suppliers and government entities and has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating project documentation, ranging from the Australian Standard suite of contracts through to project specific and PPP documentation.

Alex has a particular focus on disputes, including expert determination, adjudications, arbitration and Court proceedings. Alex has acted for clients in a broad range of construction and mining disputes including scope and variation claims, design, defect and delay/prolongation claims, injunctions and security of payment adjudications and appeals. Alex has significant expertise in Supreme Court actions in the Technology and Construction List.

Alex has completed secondments in the legal teams of Lendlease, Transport Infrastructure & Services and Sydney Trains.

Alex commenced his career advising insurers in relation to professional indemnity insurance policy coverage and claims.

Qualifications

  • BCom, LLB (Hons)

Independent Recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in Construction, 2017

Industry associations

  • Society of Construction Law Australia

Alex's Recent Experience

Construction Contractors

Acting for numerous Tier 1 and Tier 2 construction contractors in relation to projects varying from $5M to $1B+, including expert determinations, arbitrations, Supreme Court proceedings and adjudications in various Australian jurisdictions.

Copper Mines of Tasmania

Acting for Copper Mines of Tasmania in the defence of Supreme Court proceedings commenced by a mining services contractor seeking over $75M in respect of alleged variations, delay costs and other contract adjustments.

New Grafton Correctional Centre PPP - D&C Contractor

Advising a D&C contractor bidding as part of a consortium to design, build, operate and maintain the new 1,700 bed Grafton Correctional Centre.

Sydney Water

Acting for Sydney Water in relation to a number of contractual disputes and claims, including in respect of wastewater treatment plant in Western Sydney and a pumping station in Sydney's Inner West.

WesTrac

Acting for WesTrac in relation to the preparation, negotiation and execution of complicated of a number of umbrella and supply agreements for the supply and maintenance of mobile mining equipment and long walls throughout Western Australia and New South Wales.

Alex's Recent Insights

To USB or not to USB – Service of Adjudications Applications

  • 22 Mar 2017

Posting a USB stick containing the documents comprising an adjudication application does not constitute service of an adjudication application until those documents are accessed by the respondent, ...

Expert kept on a tight leash when determining dispute

  • 16 Feb 2017

The recent case of The State of South Australia v Goldstein [2016] SASC 202 (South Australia v Goldstein) provides a timely reminder that dispute resolution provisions and expert determination agre...

Court of Appeal Probuild decision re-establishes the legal position of adjudicator's determination

  • 19 Jan 2017

The recent Court of Appeal decision of Shade Systems Pty Ltd v Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd (No 2) [2016] NSWCA 379 (Shade Systems) re-establishes the position an adjudicator's determi...

High Court eats SOPA for breakfast

  • 23 Dec 2016

The High Court of Australia has unanimously affirmed that the existence of a reference date is a precondition to the making of a valid payment claim under s 13(1) of the Building and Construction I...