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Global Leader

Construction 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The "excellent" Owen Hayford is a go-to figure for complex construction advisory, contracting and contentious matters.


One of Australia’s leading construction and infrastructure lawyers, Owen is highly sought after by clients that enjoy his “commercial acumen” and “outstanding work ethic”.  

With over 25 years' experience, Owen leads the Australian projects team at DLA Piper. He has an excellent market reputation and long-standing relationships with the full gamut of project participants including governments, consortia, contractors, operators, financiers and investors – on many of Australia's most significant infrastructure projects.

He is experienced in all forms of contracting including traditional procurement, collaborative and relationship-based contracts (alliancing, integrated project delivery, delivery partner model, managing contractor etc), operating franchises, facilities maintenance contracts and public private partnerships (PPPs). His experience extends across a range of sectors including government, transport, energy, resources, water, defence and social infrastructure.

Clients appreciate his ability to lead large teams on significant projects, managing the development of contracting strategy, market engagement processes, tender and contractual documentation, bidding strategies, tender evaluation, contract negotiations, and the subsequent management of contracts through the delivery and operation phases. He is also highly regarded for his strategic advice on contract management and issue resolution.

Owen is also recognised as one of Australia’s true thought leaders on infrastructure procurement. He is a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches a course on PPPs as part of the master of laws programme. He is also a council member of the Australian branch of IPFA.

He is said to be “responsive, efficient, creative and commercially savvy”, “with a ‘can-do' attitude” and “willing to go above and beyond”.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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