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Michael Creedon's practice focus is construction and major infrastructure projects. He has over 25 years experience in the engineering and construction industry, including 8 years as a practicing civil engineer both in Australia and the UK. He has developed an excellent reputation for innovative procurement and project delivery advice across a broad range of industry sectors. Adept in diverse project delivery models, Michael applies a common sense approach to identify market risks with chosen models as well as providing guidance on the most appropriate delivery model for any given project. Michael also provides strategic advice concerning:
His unique practical and technical expertise spans the following industries:
Michael is active in many legal, engineering and contracting professional bodies such as the Queensland Major Contractors Association. He is an editor of the Australia Construction Law Bulletin (since 2012), authors the highly-regarded National Construction Law Update and is a regular commentator on construction and engineering-related issues. Michael has been independently recognised as one of Australia's top lawyers in Best Lawyers International (as published in The Australian Financial Review) for Construction / Infrastructure in 2012 – 2015 and Transportation in 2015. He is also ranked on the Australian Doyle's Guide 2012 – 2015 as a 'Leading' Queensland Construction Lawyer.
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Michael deals widely in all forms of traditional and alternative dispute resolution including mediation, structured negotiation, expert determination, arbitration and litigation. Known for his focus on dispute prevention, Michael seeks to minimise time and costs through effective contract administration, early risk identification and a hands-on approach. Michael manages the process from inception to delivery, providing pragmatic solutions to reduce client risk and liability.
Michael is highly experienced at both the front-end and back-end of major public projects at both State and Federal level. His high-profile portfolio of projects and transactions includes Pacific Motorway upgrades, South-East Transit Projects, the Port of Brisbane Motorway upgrade, the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme, Brisbane City Council’s Clem 7 Tunnel, and various Department of Defence projects. Michael provides practical, transparent and accountable advice, guided by an in-depth understanding of policy, legislative and political dynamics at play on high-profile and sometimes sensitive public projects.
With more than 25 years experience in the engineering and construction industry, including 8 years as a practicing civil engineer both in Australia and the UK, Michael has developed an excellent reputation for innovative procurement and project delivery advice across a broad range of industry sectors. He is highly-regarded for his strong commercial approach in all his project dealings, be it a relationship contract, standard procurement or a traditional design and construct project. Adept in diverse project delivery models, Michael applies a common sense approach to identify market risks with chosen models as well as providing guidance on the most appropriate delivery model for any given project. Sought-after for his dual technical and big picture expertise, Michael has previously held positions on client project committees to oversee and assist clients with the smooth delivery of a wide program of infrastructure projects.
In addition his major infrastructure advice, Michael also has a leading practice in construction property development. Currently he is the head construction lawyer for the Royal National Agricultural Association’s $3 billion redevelopment of the Brisbane Showgrounds. Michael was also closely involved in the multi-million dollar Tennyson Tennis Centre redevelopment and has advised on many other very significant high-rise property developments throughout Australia.
With dual professional careers in civil engineering and law, Michael brings a unique practical and technical insight into major transport projects. Working across road, rail, port and airfields projects from inception to completion, Michael is highly experienced in all major project infrastructure models including public-private partnerships, alliances, design and construct, construct-only as well as all related agreements such as consultancy agreements. He is currently advising on Brisbane’s $1.3 billion parallel runway as well as several major port and road projects.