Herbert Smith Freehills

Construction, Infrastructure & Project Finance Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded team handling projects in the transportation, energy and social infrastructure arenas. Offers significant experience in respect of all aspects of projects, including PPPs, and financing. Handles front-end and contentious construction matters, fielding expertise in the tendering process, procurement, design, construction and subcontracting matters. Advises borrowers, lenders and sponsors on the financing of a variety of infrastructure projects, including road, rail and energy projects. Clients include large contractors, major banks, government bodies and other industry participants.

Strengths"The firm is excellent," enthuses a client, who goes on to cite consistency as a key strength of the service. "They are very solution-focused and they deal with clients in a humble way, despite being some of the smartest lawyers in the country."

"It is a very strong outfit," concurs another client, describing the team as comprising "strong contributors who are extremely responsive and often go the extra mile."

Work highlights Advised the Momentum Trains consortium, selected by Transport for NSW to deliver the Regional Rail Project as a design, build, finance and maintain contract.

Advised the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in relation to its AUD23 million grant funding of the Kwinana waste-to-energy project.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Griffiths
is seen by sources as "a safe pair of hands," managing a large share of the firm's project assignments. He assists contractors and public authorities with regard to projects in the transport space.

David Templeman
is a longstanding authority in the sector, consulting on major rail and road projects.

Deemed by various sources as "excellent,"
Erin Wakelin
advises on the finance aspects of projects concerning significant public transport and social infrastructure.

Geoff Hansen
is active across a range of back-end construction matters, mostly within the transport infrastructure space. Sources perceive him to be "very civilised and thoughtful."

Hailed as "very capable and experienced" by clients,
Gerard Pike
assists financiers, lenders and bidders on finance matters, frequently those pertaining to renewable energy projects.