Construction

The Australasian member firms of ALFA International provide a full range of construction, commercial and dispute resolution services relevant to the construction and infrastructure sectors. ALFA International lawyers work collaboratively and are able to provide advice on national and international matters, calling upon the expertise of other ALFA International law firms as required.

The Australasian member firms have lawyers specialised in providing a complete service which covers every legal issue from project planning and inception through to completion and beyond, including:

  • risk evaluation,
  • tender document preparation,
  • advice on the Australian standards suite of contracts and other standard forms,
  • procurement contracts,
  • subcontracts,
  • services contracts,
  • consultancy agreements,
  • joint venture arrangements, and
  • operation and maintenance contracts.

This expertise also covers a broad range of project delivery models including design and construct; alliancing; Early Contractor Involvement (ECI); Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC); Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (EPCM); Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT); and Public Private Partnerships (PPP).

Australasian member firm litigation lawyers are experts in all forms of court litigation, adjudication and dispute resolution processes including:

  • claims under the Security of  Payments legislation (all jurisdictions),
  • mediation and expert determination,
  • arbitration,
  • advice on variation claims, extension of time claims, delay costs and liquidated damages, and
  • advice on work place health & safety liability.

Clients

The Australasian member firms have expertise in construction and infrastructure projects in a wide range of industries including building roads, rail, pipelines, water, health and energy.

Some of our matters include:

  • Acting for the plaintiff in a major multi-party dispute with a coating manufacturer over the failed coating of a bridge, including the conduct of a 23 day Supreme Court trial.
  • Acting for the defendant in a claim for failure of key infrastructure on a new airport construction project.
  • Advising a client on the negotiation of the contract for major onshore infrastructure works for the Australia-Pacific Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project in Gladstone, Queensland.
  • Advising on the design, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of video display equipment, software and technical support integrated into the control equipment for a New Zealand hydro power station, road and rail network control rooms in Victoria and New South Wales and various other commercial applications.
  • Advising a client on claims made across Australia which arose out of the construction of the 3G telecommunications network.
  • Advising on the supply of intellectual property and associated hardware and software and related services by a company to New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services.
  • Advising on the design, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of specialist equipment for an explosives plant and a cyanide processing and packaging plant.
  • Advising on the purchase, installation, integration and commissioning of a new automated production line for a food packaging company.
  • Advising on major upgrade workings including the implementation of secondary treatment facilities for a major sewage treatment plant.
  • Acting for the head contractor on large security of payments claims concerning the construction of a major South Australian sporting venue.
  • Representing a client in respect of claims exceeding NZ$50 million by a financial firm and others for alleged defective building work at a development in Auckland. The client was involved in a number of claims relating to so called "leaky buildings", which have plagued New Zealand's construction sector.
  • Advising on aspects of contract negotiations between two companies for the roll out of the National Broadband network.

Publications

The Australasian member firms of ALFA International have created general reference materials to help businesses understand the laws in Australia and New Zealand.

These publications are intended to provide an overview of key legal issues on subjects that lawyers, litigation management professionals, and in-house counsel confront on a regular basis.

Current ALFA Australasia publications available are:

 

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