Visit our new online resource for the latest in construction law news and commentary.

Infrastructure

There will be considerable challenges over the next decade as governments and the private sector seek to plan, procure and deliver the projects that the Asia Pacific needs to boost productivity and ensure sustainable growth. Meeting this challenge will require long-term planning, focus, flexibility in delivery methods and funding options, excellent risk management skills, expert project management and experienced advisers.

As leading lawyers in the infrastructure sector, our infrastructure team is respected and engaged on a recurring basis by government, constructors, developers, operators, debt providers and investors alike. We operate across all sectors, including economic infrastructure (transport, communications, power, water and other utilities), municipal facilities and social infrastructure (health, education, housing and justice).

Our key point of difference is our ability to provide a tailored and cross-disciplinary team for the lifecycle of your infrastructure project – from strategic input through to project delivery and dispute resolution. We seamlessly integrate our specialists from areas such as real estate, planning, environment, construction, tax, finance, competition and regulatory, insurance and dispute resolution to manage your risk and achieve the best outcome for your project.

We also have a strong track record in advising on high profile, commercially complex and strategically important public private partnership (PPP) projects. PPPs continue to be recognised as a successful method of delivering infrastructure and we have been at the forefront of the development of Australia's PPP sector and are now exporting those skills into Asia. Our on-the-ground lawyers in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai work on infrastructure projects in many Asian jurisdictions, giving us an acute understanding of the local challenges and opportunities.

20 May 2014

The Home Building Amendment Bill 2014 (NSW) had its second reading in the NSW parliament on 6 May 2014. The Bill proposes to change the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) by ensuring increased levels of consumer protection and facilitating builders in completing their work.

19 May 2014

The High Court has refused Agripower Australia Ltd's request for special leave to appeal the Queensland Court of Appeal's decision in J & D Rigging Pty Ltd v Agripower Australia Ltd [2013] QCA 406.

20 February 2014

The Federal Government has released the final report of the Productivity Commission's inquiry into the National Access Regime in particular Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. While there are no changes to the regulatory framework or institutional arrangements, the report does recommend a package of reforms designed to ensure the scope of the Regime is confined to those exceptional circumstances.

20 February 2014

The Victorian Government (government) has released its long awaited Unsolicited Proposal Guideline (Guideline). The Guideline provides a framework for the government's assessment and implementation of infrastructure proposals that originate directly from the private sector.

15 November 2013

The federal government has announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the funding of public infrastructure signalling its intention to lower costs and drive investment into the construction industry.