Australia: Government Contracts 2018

This year’s research highlights 29 government contracts specialists who stand out as the leading lights in the Australian market.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Marko Misko Clayton Utz, Melbourne
2. Sergio Capelli Clayton Utz, Sydney
3. John Sharkey AM Sharkey Consulting, Melbourne
4. John Gallagher DLA Piper, Melbourne

Clayton Utz once again emerges as the leading firm in the Australian market, achieving an impressive six listings thanks to its member’s expertise.
Marko Misko is a pre-eminent name in the Australian market with sources rating him as one of the most highly regarded individuals in the field. He offers clients extensive insight into matters such as tendering and contract structures.
Sergio Capelli ranks among the very elite of practitioners in our research and commands great respect from commentators. He is a distinguished figure in the government contracts market with expertise across a variety of industries, including infrastructure, energy and transport.
Steven Power is “great for government contracts work” according to market observers. He has an enviable practice which sees him advise government bodies on a range of issues, including project delivery models and contract management.
John Shirbin receives strong praise from respondents this year, with one peer describing him as “probably the leading government lawyer in the country”. He has a wide-ranging practice advising government actors and financiers on issues relating to infrastructure, transportation and ports.

John Sharkey at Sharkey Consulting is one of the most highly regarded specialists in the country and a standout individual in the government contracts field. He is praised by sources for his experience, and is known for his expertise in construction-related matters.

John Gallagher of DLA Piper is an excellent practitioner who is highly visible in the Australian market. He has great experience in the field, with sources applauding his work in alliance contracting.
Alex Guy is “a great lawyer” who continues to receive strong support across the market. He boasts specialist expertise on PPPs, with a particular focus on transportation and infrastructure.

Sources “highly recommend” Geoff Wood at Baker McKenzie as a “well-regarded” name in the space. He is a specialist in the construction sector, offering clients over 30 years of dedicated experience in the field.
Leigh Duthie has an impressive practice, for which clients praise his work on contentious matters relating to cross-border construction. He is warmly endorsed by respondents as a well-regarded lawyer in the field of government contracts.

Stewart Nankervis at MinterEllison is “a very good lawyer” according to commentators and maintains an excellent reputation in the market. He has a deep understanding of public projects in the infrastructure, energy and transport sectors.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Graham Read garners praise from sources, who commend his expertise in matters relating to infrastructure and construction. As one of the top 10 highest-rated individuals in our research, he is a key figure in the area.
Kevin Arkwright is an excellent practitioner and someone who commands great respect from commentators. His skill handling issues concerning infrastructure and construction means that he is a firm favourite for clients seeking advice on rail, power station and mining projects.

Allens’ Leighton O’Brien is a road and rail specialist with a strong track record in the government contracts field. He is well thought of by sources, and counts the Newcastle Interchange project among his recent successes.

David Warren at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is a well-established figure in the Australian government contracts market who offers clients specialist insight into project infrastructure and finance.

Independent arbitrator Douglas Jones AO is an excellent practitioner with a top-tier reputation both domestically and abroad. He commands respect for his work in a range of commercial and investor-state disputes, and boasts great expertise in infrastructure and joint-venture matters.

Herbert Smith Freehills has an outstanding practitioner in David Templeman who offers clients over 20 years’ specialist insight into PPP matters. Well regarded by colleagues, he is particularly skilled on infrastructure and privatisation matters.

JBM Advisory’s Phillip Greenham is an impressive individual who offers clients a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of government contracts matters. He regularly advises both public and private sector clients on construction and infrastructure projects.

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