Australia: Government Contracts 2017

We feature 27 practitioners in this chapter who stand out for their exceptional work providing first-rate counsel to public authorities and private-sector clients in relation to the drafting and structuring of procurement bids and PPP contracts, as well as disputes arising from such arrangements.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Sergio Capelli Clayton Utz, Brisbane
2. John Shirbin Clayton Utz, Sydney
3. Stewart Nankervis MinterEllison, Melbourne
4. Marko Misko Clayton Utz, Melbourne

CLAYTON UTZ boasts the pre-eminent government contracts practice in the country. Seven lawyers achieve listings this year, including three of our most highly regarded practitioners.
Sergio Capelli is the leading government contracts lawyer in the Australian market and draws high praise from peers, one of whom notes, “He is one of the best contract drafters in the country.”
John Shirbin is a top-tier lawyer recognised for his invaluable experience handling all aspects of construction, transport and government projects.
Marko Misko is “a very good operator” according to sources, who commend his excellent work drafting and advising on tenders and contracts.

DLA PIPER achieves three listings in this chapter.
John Gallagher focuses his practice on infrastructure and engineering projects. He is highly sought after by clients who consider him a true specialist when it comes to handling alliance contracts.
Caroline Atkins impresses with her first-rate government contracts and procurement practice, and is well known for her expertise across the TMT and IP sectors.
Alex Guy is recognised particularly for his PPP work, and is a firm favourite among clients who describe him as “a dedicated and flexible practitioner”.  

At BAKER MCKENZIE, two leading lawyers are commended for their government contracts work.
Geoff Wood focuses his work on construction, infrastructure and major projects. He is well equipped to handle all aspects of the projects process including the documentation and negotiation of contracts.
Leigh Duthie, a widely recognised name in the market, is known for his expert handling of major Australian and cross-border projects.

Two standout names at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS are recommended for their fantastic work in the field.
Patrick St John is a well-established name in the Australian projects market and is highlighted particularly for his fantastic work handling PPP and infrastructure projects.
David Templeman is also noted for his impressive government contracts work and international experience.

At MINTERELLISON, Stewart Nankervis is renowned as a leading name when it comes to government contracts work. He frequently counsels both public and private organisations in relation to major construction, infrastructure and transport projects.

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER John Sharkey is a senior statesman in the domestic government contracts field according to sources, who praise his tremendous understanding of Australian procurement law.

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Douglas Jones is one of the foremost arbitrators in the country and is well known for his invaluable experience and strong expertise handling government-related construction and infrastructure projects. 

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