I strive to deliver excellent results for my clients. My clients' success is then my success.

Steven in 60 seconds

Steven is the Group Leader of Henry Davis York's Projects Group, which includes the legal teams for Construction & Major Projects; Environment & Planning; Real Estate; and Technology & Procurement.

Steven has over 17 years' experience advising government agencies, statutory authorities, financial institutions, developers and construction companies in construction, engineering and infrastructure law. His particular passion and focus is transport infrastructure.

Steven specialises in tailoring contractual arrangements to suit the needs of the individual project. Steven's experience includes drafting the suite of contracts for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements, Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) projects and Design Construct and Maintain (DCM) agreements, as well as numerous other project delivery alternatives. He also has considerable experience in drafting alliance contracts, Design and Construction (D&C) contracts, joint venture agreements and all associated documentation.

Steven's particular expertise is transport infrastructure, having worked as in-house counsel in public and private sector organisations devoted to the development, construction, maintenance and operation and rail and road infrastructure.

Steven represents his clients in contentious construction-related matters, successfully acting on their behalf in litigation and arbitration, conciliation, adjudication, expert determination and mediation.

Qualifications

  • BBus, LLB (Hons)

    International experience

    Senior solicitor, Allen & Overy, London, 2001 - 2004
    Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Hong Kong. 1998 - 1999

Industry associations

  • Recommended Lawyer in Transport and Construction in The Legal 500, Asia Pacific 2014
  • Listed as a noted practitioner in Construction in Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016

Steven's Recent Experience

Transport for NSW and RailCorp

Lead legal advisers on the NSW Government's "Fixing the Trains" project, described as the "once in a generation" reform of NSW's railway operations. HDY advised on the establishment of the 3 new entities as statutory subsidiaries of RailCorp; and the demerger of RailCorp into 3 subsidiaries covering legal compliance, governance, rail safety, environment, property, contracts and employment.

Sydney Water

Drafting and negotiating a wastewater services arrangement between Sydney Water and Lend Lease Communities (Wilton). In the first arrangement of its type, Sydney Water outsourced its obligation to provide wastewater services to the residents of Wilton to Lend Lease Communities, which has capacity in its proposed treatment facility.

Sydney Trains

Drafting a bespoke maintenance agreement for the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link (ECRL), including addressing complex regulatory, technical issues and interface issues with the NWRL and incorporating a new payment and performance management regime to appropriately incentivise the new contractor.

Sydney Trains

Advising Sydney Trains on amendments to its risk profile to ensure compliance with the NSW Procurement Board Policy Framework and to make the Procurement Documents more acceptable to suppliers, reducing the administration necessary to agree the contracts.

MTR

Acted for MTR and UGL as members of the NRT Consortium, in their successful bid to design, construct, operate, maintain and finance the operations, trains and systems aspects of the $1bn North West Rail Link. Following financial close of the Project, we continue to act for MTR and UGL in the preparation of its subcontract arrangements, employment requirements, rail safety issues and other operational matters.

Steven's Recent Insights

Uncertainty reigns in recent SOP litigation

  • 03 Aug 2016

Two recent court decisions in NSW and WA indicate a tension in the law and the potential for a radical overhaul of security of payment (SOP) legislation. These decisions also indicate a great deal ...