David Pearce
Partner, Brisbane
I help clients deliver major construction projects, especially in the energy, transport, resources and property sectors.

My clients value my assistance with their biggest and highest risk projects. They also trust me to support their day-to-day procurement through user friendly templates. I also help clients avoid and manage construction disputes.

I work extensively with Queensland Government agencies, along with major contractors and private developers.

I am particularly interested in energy transformation and the impact of emerging technologies on construction and transport.

Career highlights

  • Renewable Energy – Advised clients including Stanwell Corporation and CleanCo on major renewable energy projects, including EPC and O&M Agreements for new wind and solar farms, battery energy storage projects and green hydrogen projects.
  • Transport – Advised Queensland Rail on projects including Cross River Rail, New European Train Control System and Inland Rail. I have also advised the Queensland Government on major new regional rail lines and urban toll roads.
  • Resources – Advised resource companies including Rio Tinto and Anglo American on mining and processing plant developments and expansions, as well as asset demolitions and closures.
  • Water – Supported government owned entities including GAWB and Seqwater with the operation and expansion of water networks in Gladstone and SEQ.
  • Marine – Advised on major dredging and marine infrastructure projects, including advising the Northern Territory Government on the Darwin Ship Lift Project.
  • Disputes – Advised principals and contractors on security of payment and other construction disputes, including expert determinations and litigation.
  • Defence – Supported the Department of Defence with projects in Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia.
  • Templates – Prepared market leading procurement templates and provided training manuals and sessions for clients including Stanwell, Queensland Rail, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, ADCO and Energex.
  • Ranked by guides such as Doyle's Guide and Best Lawyers as a leading Queensland construction, infrastructure and projects lawyer.
  • Lectured on construction law at the University of Queensland.
  • Leading a team of amazing lawyers, and working with terrific clients to solve complex problems.