Jeanette Barbaro
With national experience, Jeanette understands the challenges faced by clients at the coal face and the need for commercially focused outcomes. Her expertise lies in building compliance, the delivery of construction and infrastructure projects, risk and dispute management and dispute resolution.
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My expertise lies in building compliance, the delivery of construction and infrastructure projects, risk and dispute management and dispute resolution. With a particular focus on complex matters involving engineering, commissioning and construction, my experience spans a range of procurement strategies (including public-private partnerships, EPCs, design and construct, and facilities management) and a range of dispute resolution mechanisms from international arbitrations to expert determinations.

More recently, I have brought my experience to the forefront in leading MinterEllison's national cladding group. I advise regulators, government and private clients with respect to the multitude of issues concerning the use of non-compliant cladding products across Australia.
I take pride in my 'user friendly' approach, my commitment to drive client outcomes, strong project management skills, and the ability to distil complexities into simplicity.

Career highlights

Building Compliance – Leading the MinterEllison national cladding group, I advise government, regulators and private industry in relation to issues arising from the use of non-compliant cladding in Victoria and across Australia including the undertaking of building audits, safety risk management, how to determine and achieve compliance, duties of care, the assessment of liability, the prospects of recovery of rectification costs, Board governance and regulatory issues.

Non-compliant cladding disputes – Acting for a number of clients in relation to the rectification of non-compliant cladding used in commercial and high rise residential buildings and the determination of the responsibility, and ultimate liability, for the associated costs.

Project Delivery – Acted for the State of Victoria in relation to the delivery of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre project and the extension to the Royal Melbourne Hospital project. I currently act for the State of Victoria with respect to the delivery of the Victorian Heart Hospital.

International arbitration – Acted for the EPC contractor in an international arbitration commenced by the main OEM contractor concerning the design, construction, commissioning and performance testing of a geothermal power plant in New Zealand.

Construction Disputes – Advised in relation to a key subcontractor dispute concerning security systems technology for the Northern Territory Sentinel Prison project. Assisted manage a claim concerning the impact of incremental weather on the Peninsula Link project.