Oxbrough

Alastair Oxbrough

Partner

Areas of expertise

Overview

Alastair Oxbrough has over 17 years of experience in transactions and disputes arising in the construction and engineering, infrastructure and energy industries, advising clients from the earliest phases of projects to beyond their completion. He is experienced in all major types of project procurement. Alastair has worked on projects all over the world, having spent seven years of his career based in the United Kingdom.

Alastair has acted for a range of public and private sector clients, particularly asset management companies, contractors, public authorities and insurers. He is known for his commercial and pragmatic approach to contract negotiation, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution, having been voted by peers as one of Australia’s top construction and infrastructure lawyers in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of Best Lawyers.

Experience

Construction and engineering

  • Acting for the contractor in a number of the Wembley Stadium disputes, including the ‘time at large’ litigation in which the Australian judgment of Gaymark was considered by England’s Technology and Construction Court.
  • Acting for a contractor in multi-million dollar litigation concerning claims for variations, extensions of time and delay costs in relation to the design and construction of an industrial process plant in northern Australia.
  • Bringing and defending numerous claims and adjudications under Australian security of payment legislation and its English equivalent.
  • Defending a consulting engineer on a multi-million pound claim brought by a public authority in respect of the design of a London docklands footbridge.

Infrastructure

  • Advising the PPP owner of a major Victorian water infrastructure project in relation to a range of contractual and delivery issues.
  • Advising a health authority concerning issues relating to the construction of a London hospital under a PFI/PPP concession agreement, including insolvency issues, delayed completion, extensions of time, loss and expense, long-stop provisions, termination and step-in rights.
  • Representing a building contractor and facilities management contractor on claims for extensions of time and unpaid unitary charges arising out of a PFI/PPP concession agreement for the design, construction and management of a police headquarters building.

Energy

  • Preparing and negotiating several construction and procurement contracts for an asset management company in connection with a gas pipeline expansion project in eastern Australia, and providing ongoing advice during project execution.
  • Acting for a contractor on disputes referred to international arbitration relating to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline Project, Turkey.
  • Advising a contractor in relation to completion, design compliance and insolvency related issues arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of a power station in Western Australia.

 

Alastair is admitted as a solicitor in Australia and in the U.K. He is a member of the Society of Construction Law Australia, The Resolution Institute and the Building Dispute Practitioners’ Society.  Alastair is also a trained mediator, specialising in construction and engineering disputes, and a guest lecturer in Melbourne University’s Masters of Construction Law.

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