Peter Wood
Partner, Melbourne
Leading MinterEllison’s Projects, Infrastructure and Construction Disputes team and corresponding practice group in Melbourne, I specialise in resolving high-stakes project, construction and engineering matters. The clients I serve include private and government principals and all major building and engineering contractors.

My work spans claims and disputes concerning roads and tollways, hospitals, prisons, power stations, oil and gas projects, and mining projects. I have expertise in international arbitration; construction litigation in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia; and security of payment adjudications and judicial reviews in all jurisdictions.

I always develop a strategic approach that is tailored to the nature of the claim or dispute, as well as my clients’ commercial goals.

Career highlights

  • Fluor Corporation – acted in one of the world’s largest arbitrations, concerning claims of $1.5 billion
  • Worked for Victorian Government departments and agencies; leading builders, including CIMIC Group (CPB Contractors and Thiess), Grocon, Lendlease, McConnell Dowell and Probuild; and global engineering companies, including ACCIONA, Engie, Siemens, SNC–Lavalin and MWH Global
  • Acted in two matters that were resolved in the High Court of Australia, as well as a series of proceedings relating to three different offshore jurisdictions
  • Served as a senior fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a lecturer in its Master of Construction Law course
  • Ranked as a leading individual in Construction between 2012 and 2017 by Chambers
  • Ranked as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction and Infrastructure, and Litigation by Best Lawyers between 2007 and 2016
  • Ranked as a leading construction litigation lawyer by Doyles Guide in 2017