Construction & Major Projects

Henry Davis York's construction and major projects team is widely regarded as one of Australia's largest and strongest, currently acting on some of Australia's most strategic construction and infrastructure projects. In recent years, the team has been involved in over $40 billion worth of major infrastructure, PPP and other construction projects.

Our team has a unique perspective on what it takes to get a deal done - having acted over the years for Commonwealth, State and local governments, as well as consortia, developers, private sector principals, contractors, operators, consultants and financiers. We have acted across a number of industries, including communications, road, rail, water, power, tourism, mining, building and industrial.

Our clients include Airservices Australia, City of Sydney, Department of Defence, Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, Sydney Trains, Sydney Water, Kane Constructions, Lendlease and Sydney Opera House Trust.

We draw on our expansive industry knowledge and experience to provide the full range of services projects from concept, including initial development proposals, drafting document and administering contracts, to project delivery and the resolution of any issues arising during delivery.

We form part of HDY's Projects Team and work closely with lawyers in other specialists to deliver a holistic service.

Steven Blanch

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

Meet some of our team

They hit things right on the mark and they don't overservice things but give quick and commercial advice. If I'm in a difficult position, they're the people I go to - I can really rely on them.

Our Top Independent Endorsements

Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Construction
  • 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Doyles Guide to The Australian Legal Profession
  • Doyles Guide to The Australian Legal Profession
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Construction
  • 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Our Top Construction & Major Projects Insights

Early payment claim - not for All Seasons: wait for your reference date

  • 21 Nov 2017

All Seasons Air Pty Ltd v Regal Consulting Services Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 289The New South Wales Court of Appeal has confirmed that a payment claim served before the reference date is not a valid pa...

Aquagenics and Break O'Day Council – insurer on the hook for delayed notification

  • 10 Jul 2017

Aquagenics and Break O'Day Council – insurer on the hook for delayed notification1The recent case of Aquagenics Pty Limited (in liquidation) v Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's a claim ...

SOPA moves into the 21st century: email service now permitted in certain circumstances

  • 29 Jun 2017

An amendment to the notice provisions of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (the Act) came into effect on 27 June 2017.1Section 31 of the Act has been amended...

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, ...

Our Construction & Major Projects Experience

Department of Defence

Advising the Department of Defence Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch on various major infrastructure projects, including 13 Managing Contractor projects and over 25 major Design Services Contract /Head Contract projects. 


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.

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.

Sydney Trains and RailCorp

Advised Sydney Trains and RailCorp in relation to the sale of the Bathurst Rail Fabrication Centre to VAE Railway Systems, including assisting in preparing the RFP, RFT, business sale agreement, long term supply agreement, land sale documentation and transition services agreement.

Transport for NSW

Advising on the procurement of a new fleet of fast ferries which will start operating in late 2016.