I became a solicitor in Australia in 1992 before becoming a barrister in NSW. I became a barrister in England and Wales in 2018.
I have experience in the following areas of law:
I am a registered foreign lawyer with the Singapore Commercial Courts (SICC). I am also a fellow of a number of international commercial organisations, and an arbitrator on the AIAC and THAC panels.
I hold an APEC travel card, allowing me visa free entry for business in most of the countries in the APEC group: including China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Canada.
My practice focuses on all aspects of building, engineering and construction law – domestic and international. I act in “traditional” building disputes such as those about building contracts, consultants contracts, defects, variations, delays and technical issues.
However, as is the Australian approach, my busy practice extends to commercial litigation dealing with issues affecting the building and construction industry, such as certifier & building consultant negligence, latent defects in buildings and losses suffered, development contracts, property rights disputes, insurance & insurance disputes, contract /tort/ and restitutionary claims, associated planning issues – as well as disputes arising from joint ventures, shareholder agreements, partnering projects, directors & officers liability, related insolvency & corporate restructuring, financing disputes, and the like.
I appear as a barrister in courts and tribunals, as well as in arbitrations, mediations, adjudications and as a neutral evaluator.
I have also authored the leading text on residential building disputes in New South Wales, Building Disputes and the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW), of which a 2nd Edition is underway. He is the general editor of the National Building Service.
I have a particular interest in international arbitration. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a panel arbitrator with the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) and the Asian Internaitonal Arbitration Center, based in Malaysia (FAiAC).
Being Australian, French, & Italian, I have always had an international element to my practice. I have been a member of the Union Internationale des Avocats / International Association of Lawyers (UIA) since becoming a barrister (more than 20 years), and have recently been appointed the UIA’s Regional Secretary for Oceania (which puts me on the UIA Governing Board).
I have a very active in arbitration and mediation practice, particularly in East Asia, and I’m a member of a range of Construction and Arbitration law organisations operating in the region.
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