Alex Ottaway

Alex is a Special Counsel in the Sydney Construction and Infrastructure group.

Alex has over 10 years’ experience as a qualified solicitor, specialising in the resolution of disputes involving construction and infrastructure projects.

He advises and acts for participants in diverse industries such as infrastructure (roads/ports/tunnels), industrial (chemical/polymer plants), resources (LNG/oil & gas), energy, advanced manufacturing and housing.

He has practised in Sydney and in London.


Alex’s experience includes advising:

  • A major UK head contractor and major geotechnical subcontractor on a GBP 65m (AUD 118m) insurance claim involving a new deep sea container port in the River Thames with substantial concrete failures, referred to a sole arbitrator (retired UK Supreme Court judge) seated in London;
  • A state-owned oil company on a claim by an EPCM contractor worth EUR 2m (AUD 3m), in relation to the expansion of a polyethylene plant in Baku, Azerbaijan;
  • A German EPC contractor (household name) on a dispute worth AUD 150m, relating to an ammonium nitrate plant in Ain Sokhna, Egypt involving issues of delay, quality, liquidated damages, unconditional undertakings and IP rights, referred to mediation in London;
  • A major geotechnical subcontractor on a design liability dispute worth GBP >3m (AUD >5m) involving a roads project in Coventry, England in which many of the piles installed by the subcontractor had failed, referred to adjudication;
  • An international energy provider on a 540km long onshore LNG pipeline in Queensland involving substantial delay and complex and technical issues concerning defective pipeline welding, referred to a panel of eminent arbitrators seated in Brisbane;
  • A major Australian supermarket on new supermarket projects in New South Wales and Victoria in respect of which the client attempted to call on unconditional undertakings, resulting in contested injunction proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales; and
  • A tank storage company in relation to a new-build bitumen plant in Botany Bay, Sydney, involving an AUD 15m variations claim which was referred to adjudication under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW).

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