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Pamela is one of Australia's pre-eminent construction lawyers, with extensive experience in the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries. Her practice concentrates on major projects including infrastructure, commercial, industrial and residential developments, acting for both public and private sector clients.
Pamela has over 30 years experience in both project documentation and dispute resolution. Pamela's extensive front – end experience includes a number of Australia's largest property developments, in which Pamela has advised on, and assisted in the whole development and delivery process. Pamela advises regularly on contract administration, tender procedures and tender evaluation.
Pamela has acted in many of the landmark cases in the construction industry and advises extensively in relation to litigation, mediation, expert determination and other modes of alternative dispute resolution. Pamela has been sought out to provide strategic advice and direction in a number of major disputes, where her experience and understanding of the issues in major construction and infrastructure projects comes to the fore.
Pamela's client base includes many of the country's major contractors as well as various public sector clients. Pamela's experience means she can bring a depth of understanding to the identification of risk, the allocation of risk and management of back end issues, for clients form all sectors of the infrastructure industry.
Some major recent projects on which Pamela has worked include Darling Walk, the proposed new headquarters for Commonwealth Bank of Australia; the development of the Macquarie campus for SingTel Optus Corporate Headquarters; Sydney Water's new headquarters developed by Multiplex; and advising on various aspects of Multiplex's $1billion King Street Wharf redevelopment, in particular the American Express building. Pamela has acted in many high profile disputes including in relation to the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, the bridge development for the Karuah Bypass and the issues relating to the collapse of a section of the Lane Cove Tunnel. Pamela is currently advising on a range of matters in relation to the Raine Square project in Perth and the Airport Link project in Brisbane.
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Pamela has a leading reputation for acting in construction disputes, whether the matter is litigated, arbitrated, mediated or the subject of expert determination. Pamela has acted in numerous disputes traversing the entitlements of parties in relation to contract interpretation, variations, extensions of time, damages including liquidated damages, termination, repudiation and statutory claims including claims for misleading and deceptive conduct under the Trade Practices Act. Her dispute practice also includes claims and adjudications under the Security of Payment Act. Recent disputes in which Pamela has acted include advising Thiess Hochtief Joint Venture on the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, being a key adviser on disputes relating to the OneSteel magnetite plant in South Australia, acting for ABB in Supreme Court proceedings including a claim for specific performance, expert determination proceedings for Westpac and for Optus, and various mediations including for Mirvac in relation to remediation costs. Pamela is currently advising the design and construct contractor for one of Queensland's largest infrastructure projects. Pamela's mediation experience is very extensive and includes the use of quite innovative measures, such as expert conclaves, within the mediation. Pamela is also a trained mediator and had conducted mediation as the mediator.
Pamela's depth of experience means she is ideally placed to advise on issues of contract administration. Focused and strategic contract administration enables the parties to minimise disputes or at least enables a party to be placed in the best position in the event that a dispute does materialise. From preparation of bespoke contract administration manuals including pro forma notices and other tools to assist the project team, to detailed and ongoing project advice, Pamela has assisted with the completion of a number of major infrastructure projects and developments. Pamela has advised clients throughout the project delivery phase to successful completion including on projects such as Westpac Place, Raine Square for Bankwest./CBA in Perth, the Epping to Chatswood Rail link and Optus campus at Macquarie Park.
Pamela has been involved in a number of major infrastructure projects, and understands the issues and challenges associated with the delivery of major infrastructure. Pamela has advised on the redevelopment of Sydney Airport, the development of the auxiliary spillway at Warragamba Dam, the Cronulla sewerage treatment plant, Karuah Bridge, Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Lane Cove Tunnel, Airport Link in Brisbane. Pamela has extensive experience in the various options for project delivery of infrastructure, including alliancing, having acted on a number of cooperative contracts.
Pamela is well versed in the extensive body of legislation and regulatory controls over development and construction in NSW, and is well practised in drafting contracts and managing disputes relating to the regulatory framework.
Pamela's excellent strategic skills and understanding of delivery issues mean that she is well placed to advise on methods of procurement and project delivery. A probing workshop focused on risk identification and allocation can the best starting point to understanding the manner in which a project should be planned and ultimately procured. Pamela is well aware of the relevant issues and has regularly assisted clients in bringing appropriate methods and approaches to procurement and delivery. Pamela has extensive experience in the various options for project delivery of infrastructure, including alliancing, having acted on a number of cooperative contracts. Pamela also has considerable experience in assisting the public sector with project procurement including managing the tender process and advising on matters of probity, including sitting as a probity adviser.
A key strength of Pamela's practice is her experience in the commercial property development space. Pamela has acted on many of Sydney's recent major commercial developments and is a clear leader in the management of risk and project delivery strategies in such projects. She has advised Commonwealth Bank of Australia on it's critical headquarters strategy which includes the Darling Walk Lend Lease development, Tower One at Darling Park, Sites 4 and 5 at Homebush; Westpac place; Sydney Water headquarters at Paramatta; Optus Macquarie Park 5 building campus; Raine Square for Bankwest/CBA in Perth; American Express headquarters at King Street Wharf; Ikea store in Sydney, and various other commercial property developments.