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Baker McKenzie

Construction

3 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Baker McKenzie demonstrates sector expertise in transportation, natural resources and social infrastructure, advising on design, construction and maintenance agreements, as well as on procurement strategy, tendering and contract drafting. Acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients on front-end transactions and contractor disputes. Contentious offering includes expertise regarding both litigation and arbitration. Highlighted for its expertise in delivering energy-related construction projects, particularly in the renewables space. Key clients include ALDI, Gamuda and WaterNSW.

Strengths

A client reports: "Baker McKenzie's expertise has been excellent across a variety of topics, so the breadth of expertise is an important factor. Additionally, the firm provides a single point of client care, saving us time when it comes to finding a specific Baker McKenzie expert."

Another client notes: "Baker McKenzie had the skills, expertise, and experience to deliver the strong, commercially focused legal advice we were after. The firm also provided us with good value for money and cost certainty."

Work highlights

Baker McKenzie advised GE Renewable Energy with regard to disputes arising from disruptions and delays encountered during the completion of the Coopers Gap Wind Farm project in Queensland.

Notable practitioners

Alex Hartmann advises both public authorities and corporations on a comprehensive range of project delivery issues, from initial contract structuring through to back-end contentious matters. Based in Sydney, and particularly active on infrastructure PPPs and urban redevelopment projects, he is described by one interviewee as "a very capable lawyer in the right spot."

Anthony Whelan regularly advises contractors and subcontractors on disputes and international arbitration proceedings arising from a wide range of development and infrastructure projects. His experience covers matters linked to every stage of the construction project life-cycle. He is based in Melbourne.

Leigh Duthie is based in Melbourne and is particularly well known for his representation of contractors in major domestic and cross-border construction claims. A client says of him: "Leigh Duthie not only has expertise relevant to our industry, but also an ability to explain concepts and issues in a way that can be easily grasped. He can readily explain what a court or an arbitrator would see looking at a particular issue, rather than merely advocating a line of argument, which might be interesting legally without having any practical application to that issue."

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Australia

Construction


Alex Hartmann
Band 3
Anthony B. Whelan
Band 3
Leigh Duthie
Band 3