Richard Crawford
Partner, Sydney
Since my early career as a consulting engineer, I have harboured a deep passion for the construction industry. Today, my experience and sophisticated understanding of how the industry operates enhances my practice as a lawyer.

I act in front-end negotiations and drafting, and handle all forms of dispute resolution, offering clients ‘cradle to grave’ service – from project inception to completion and beyond.

As part of the top-ranked construction firm in Australia, I act across all industry sectors for federal and state governments and their agencies. I also serve top-tier contractors, major property owners and developers, as well as inbound overseas construction and investment companies.

Career highlights

  • Challenger Limited – advised on its stream contracting portfolio, offering a sophisticated online portal to enable a cost-effective but high-quality offering
  • Thiess Hochtief Joint Venture – acted in Supreme Court of NSW proceedings to recover damages from designers, subcontractors and insurers in respect to a defect in the Epping to Chatswood rail line
  • Sinosteel Corporation – acted for the Chinese state-owned corporation in its involvement in the Rocklands Copper Mine at Cloncurry, including advising on an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the development of a processing plant for the mine, and drafting subcontracts for the various elements of the plant
  • Connector Motorways – successfully defended a summary judgement application bought by the Thiess John Holland Joint Venture (TJHJV) in the Supreme Court of NSW regarding a claim pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) relating to the construction of the Lane Cove Tunnel, and successfully defended an appeal by TJHJV
  • Aspire Schools Consortium – advised on its successful bid for the South East Queensland Schools public–private partnership (PPP) project to build and maintain seven schools over several years, the first PPP to utilise the Supported Debt Model. The transaction was the Euromoney Project Finance Asia Pacific PPP Deal of the Year