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Pamela Jack
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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 Raine Square in Perth, Darling Quarter, the 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 Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, Airport Link in Brisbane, Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Karuah Bypass and the collapse of a section of the Lane Cove Tunnel.

$500m Raine Square development

Advising Commonwealth Bank on the A$500m Raine Square in Perth (in receivership), the proposed new headquarters for BankWest. Raine Square is a landmark Perth project comprising a major commercial building of 20 levels and will become the biggest shopping centre in the Perth central business district. The 1.2 hectare site consists of 44,000 square metres of office space over 20 levels and 13,000 square metres of retail space over three levels. We have advised on all aspects of the project since early 2009 after Commonwealth Bank of Australia acquired BankWest, including renegotiating various project documents, managing issues related to change of builder, managing disputes over the fit out arrangements, and advising CBA/BankWest on all strategic issues, and we continue to do so. We also advised Bankwest on the fit-out works undertaken to provide an exciting ABW environment for the Bank's 3000 staff, and the fit-out agreement. This A$500 million project is in the hands of receivers, appointed to the developer. Completion was to have been in April 2010.

CBA Collins Square Development - 717 Collins Street, Melbourne

Advising CBA on the design, construction and lease of commercial office space in building 4B which forms part of the Collins Square development in Melbourne. The Collins Square development consists of 4 commercial towers including open plaza areas, secure parking, retail levels and pedestrian access.

CBA Development - Darling Quarter, Sydney

Advised the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) on Darling Quarter, Sydney’s most vibrant community precinct. We were engaged by CBA when it sought tenders for development of substantial premises within Sydney's Central Business District. Lend Lease, which was successful in its tender to the NSW Government and SHFA for the rights to develop what was known as the Sega site at Darling Harbour (now known as Darling Walk), offered its proposal for development on that site to CBA. CBA effectively relocated approximately 6,000 staff to what are now its flagship new buildings in Darling Harbour. We advised CBA and negotiated all relevant documents, including the agreement for sub-lease, sub-lease, various licences and advised generally in relation to the arrangements between CBA and Lend Lease arising out of the development of the area now known as Darling Walk. We were particularly involved in and understand the issues for CBA in its interaction with the Developer and NSW Government and SHFA, relating to the grant of head leases and securing the various development rights, which arose during the documentation of the arrangements between the parties. We provided extensive advice on the design requirements and project delivery issues for CBA. Setting the benchmark for green precincts Commonwealth Bank Place has received a 6 Star Green Star – Office As Built v3 rating, the first Australian building to achieve this significant milestone.

CBA Office Space - 357 Collins Street, Melbourne

Advising the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) on 357 Collins St, Melbourne. Our role included advising CBA on the design, construction and lease of commercial office space, acting in relation to its negotiation for the design, construction and lease of additional commercial office space to that in the original Agreement for Lease and we also settled claims in relation to CBA's delay damages and advising on contract administration matters involving variation claims and extensions of time claims.

Walker Corporation Rhodes Peninsula

Acted for Walker Corporation in its redevelopment of waterfront land at Rhodes, NSW. The development is an estimated A$800 million project which involved a paint factory site being remediated and redeveloped to a mixed-use, high-rise, shopping centre, residential and commercial village.

2014