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What the team is known for A market-leading group that is able to support large projects from inception and financing to delivery. Particularly notable for its project finance practice serving a client roster of construction consortiums, banks, sponsors and borrowers. Instructed on headline transport, energy and sports infrastructure programmes. Demonstrates further capability advising on construction disputes and complex contractor arbitration.
Strengths Comparing the group with competitors, a client singles out the team's signature "dedication, attitude and approach," saying that the lawyers there "act like business partners and not just service providers."
Another client enthuses: "The firm is excellent. I give it five stars for being very accessible and providing plain English advice. The team is efficient and very responsive."
Work highlights Advised Infrastructure NSW on the construction, redevelopment and upgrading of a number of Sydney stadiums.
Acted for Pacific Partnerships, CAF Investment Projects and DIF Infrastructure V Coöperatief in securing the AUD1.26 billion Regional Rail Fleet PPP with the New South Wales Government.
Chris Mitchell acts extensively on major infrastructure projects in the freight and public transportation sector. Clients value his expertise in front-end construction and his understanding of government operations. He is praised as "a good lateral thinker who finds solutions" while also being "just wonderful to deal with."
Claire Rogers is recognised for her project finance practice focusing on significant road and rail infrastructure. She is praised by clients as an "extraordinarily talented, knowledgeable and commercial" lawyer who is also a "very straight shooter - the advice she gives is straight to the point and she is prepared to take a position on things."
Hamish Macpherson enjoys a reputation as a "well known and highly regarded" construction litigator. He has handled significant disputes arising from projects in the transportation, energy and mining sectors.
James Forrest maintains a construction advisory practice in Melbourne, where sources hold him in high regard.
Jeff Clark advises widely on financing and refinancing mandates pertaining to PPPs and projects in the industrial and social infrastructure spaces, as well as in the renewable energy sector. Sources commend his "broad practice covering acquisitions and other areas of finance."
Mark Upfold advises widely on project finance matters and transactions concerning the development and operation of strategic infrastructure. Sources consider him a "great practitioner" straddling the realms of infrastructure and project finance.
Peter Pether has a renowned disputes practice, handling major construction cases before the Supreme Courts of various states, as well as international arbitration proceedings. He is widely respected as "a leading dispute lawyer" who is "a canny and aggressive litigator."
Scott Budd is highly sought after for his advice on the development of large-scale construction projects, as well as for high-stakes disputes arising from such projects. Clients value his commercial acumen and responsiveness, and appreciate his "honest approach to saying not what we want to hear, but what he really thinks."