“Thousands of ticking time-bombs” is how one media agency described the risk of buildings containing combustible aluminium cladding on exterior walls. Inappropriate materials used in construction, or inappropriate installation, has been identified as a major, and now very public, construction risk globally.

Unravelling the complex interplay between insurance policies in construction projects, contractual and insurance coverage disputes and recovery claims requires lawyers with an acute understanding of the industry and its technical and operational challenges.

Our lawyers specialising in construction and contract works claims and disputes are adept at handling both litigated and non-litigated claims. For a number of leading project management, development and engineering companies we are the preferred legal advisors.

We handle construction-related claims involving claims for defects, property damage and personal injury arising out of both very significant construction and infrastructure projects, as well as less substantial construction works. Our team has acted in some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest construction disputes.

Some of the high-profile claims on which we have acted include:

Off-shore LNG facilities

Acting for a large global market of insurers (20+ in each matter) following claims under a Contract Works project insurance policy for the construction of on- and off-shore LNG facilities.

Collapse of a mine pit wall

Advising a panel of more than 40 reinsurers of a large multi-national miner’s insurance captive on an extensive number of complex indemnity issues following the high profile collapse of a mine pit wall that destroyed hundreds of millions of dollars of mining equipment.

North West Rail Link

Advising the insurers of the JV interests constructing the North West Rail Link in Sydney.

Excavation damage

Defending an insured builder on claims for third party property damage arising from excavation/vibration including indemnity issues and recovery claims against other contracting parties.

Ongoing digitisation in the industry, use of drones and the rise of driverless vehicles will create new, unanticipated risks, and our team is also actively working with our clients and industry bodies to define new policy wordings to meet future insurance demand.