Chris is an experienced litigator who acts for clients in a diverse range of disputes and litigation, including complex contract disputes and regulatory enforcements, with a specialisation in construction and infrastructure disputes.
Chris’ focus is on providing innovative and commercially focused solutions for clients in all aspects of disputes and litigation. He is known in the industry to work alongside his clients to achieve cost-effective and commercial outcomes when faced with litigation.
Chris has represented clients including the Commonwealth of Australia, UGL, Downer and Transport for NSW in significant litigation across the country.
Over the years he has gained valuable experience from working within project teams as project-counsel for significant NSW infrastructure projects, including the $3.2b Sydney Metro Northwest, $12.5b City & South West Project, $1.2bn EnergyConnect Project and the $1b Central Station Metro Upgrade. These opportunities have allowed him to advise on claims management and provide strategic direction to project-related delivery issues before they escalate to disputes.
Chris also regularly acts for clients in adjudications under the Security of Payment legislation in all states and territories, and has been responsible for the carriage of some of the largest Security of Payment litigation in NSW.
Commonwealth of Australia
Instructed by the Department of Communications in defending a $1.2 billion contractual claim brought by Optus Networks Limited in the Supreme Court of NSW relating to the construction of national broadband infrastructure.
Sydney Metro Northwest
Acting for and advising MTR Corporation and UGL Rail Services, responsible for delivery of the $3.2bn services component of the Sydney Metro Northwest Rail Link, in relation to all claims arising on the project, alternative dispute resolution procedures and litigation.
Acting for a contractor on the Westconnex Project in relation to significant delay and disruption claims arising on the Project.
Sydney Metro City & Southwest
Acting for MTR as the Integrator on the $12.5bn Sydney Metro City & Southwest Project.
Regional Rail and New Intercity Fleet Project
Acting for UGL in its role and significant disputes arising on the $2.8bn Regional Rail Project and the $3.2bn New Intercity Fleet Project.
Acting for the SecureEnergy Joint Venture as EPC Contractor for the $1.2bn EnergyConnect Project, being the construction of an 800km (approx.) transmission line between New South Wales and South Australia interconnecting with renewable zones in each state.