Norton Rose Fulbright

Construction Department

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What the team is known for Represents construction contractors as well as government entities in the design, construction and operational aspects of major transportation projects, including roads, railways and ports. Also focuses on a wide range of EPC matters in the renewable energy sector. Covers complex disputes and has won appointments from public authorities and contractors alike. Fields project finance expertise, representing lenders and sponsors with regard to large projects in the energy, ground and air transport sectors.

Strengths"They have a lot of knowledge and they don't overcharge," reports a client, adding: "They are customer-focused."

Another client singles out "the quality of the people who work there, especially their projects and construction team. It is a strong team that works together well."

Work highlights Acted for CWP Renewables and Partners Group as the sponsors on all aspects of the development, construction and debt financing of the 244 MW Bango Wind Farm in New South Wales.

Advised the senior financiers of the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility, which is expected to process approximately 300,000 tonnes of municipal, commercial and industrial waste.

Notable practitioners

Whiteside represents both public authorities and contractors in disputes arising from major infrastructure and urban development projects. One client considers him "an excellent back-end construction lawyer who understands the balance between legal and business needs very well." Another praises his "sophisticated understanding of construction law, which he can apply in a practical manner."

Emanuel Confos
has extensive experience advising developers on various D&C and EPC contract matters across the energy and infrastructure space. A client appreciates his considered approach, saying: "He is a very good lawyer who just focuses on the right issues and doesn't have an ego - he doesn't need to hear his own voice. He will listen and ponder, which gives us a lot of comfort."

Grant Ahearn
predominantly advises contractors on large, high-profile development projects. Clients respond to his efforts to build "great relationships" and trust him as a "very pragmatic lawyer with a good grasp of the industry."

Joanne Crew
acts for financiers and investors on projects and PPP bids in a variety of sectors, such as urban development and transport. Sources particularly highlight her activity in the renewable energy space. Clients praise her for being "very experienced, personable, reliable, hard-working and commercial."

Kevin Arkwright
regularly advises bidders and government clients on complex construction and engineering matters concerning strategic infrastructure projects. One client describes him as "efficient, always available and possessing a strong understanding of procurement." Another says he is "fantastic - very focused on what was best for us but also taking a commercial view and not wasting time."

Ren Niemann
regularly advises public authorities on  construction projects concerning strategic infrastructure. Sources acknowledge him as "a top-of-the-tree transactional lawyer."