Colin Harris

Colin’s experience encompasses procurement strategy, contract drafting and negotiation, project management, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution.  He has prepared and defended complex payment claims made under Security of Payment legislation in several states and in litigation arising from adjudications.

Colin prepares and advises on all forms of construction and infrastructure procurement models and documentation, including design and construct agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, standing offer models, alliance agreements, construction management agreements, development agreements, supply agreements, consultant agreements and subcontracts, along with associated tender and project documentation.

Colin has acted in complex multi-party disputes to achieve clients’ legal and commercial objectives, including for principals, contractors, financiers, subcontractors, and consultants and insurers.

He holds a Masters of Construction Law from the University of Melbourne.

Experience

Colin’s recent experience includes:

  • Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industry Precinct: acting for the successful proponent to develop and operate the facility with the Northern Territory Government following an Expression of Interest and Request for Proposal phase. Assistance has included development of due diligence documentation, Front End Engineering and Design phase documents and Early Contractor Involvement;
  • Water Industry: acting for numerous contractors in the water treatment and pipelining industry with tender reviews, contract suites, project management and dispute resolution, including the use of adjudication and expert determination, and defending adjudications in subsequent litigation;
  • Legacy Way Tunnel: acting for a major subcontractor for the design of tunnel safety systems through adjudication against the head contractor, and defending cross claims and a call on the subcontractor’s security;
  • Metro Property Group: advised in relation to design and construct contract preparation and negotiation and project management in relation to their major projects including Brisbane Casino Towers, the three phase Central Village project, Newstead Towers, The Plaza South Brisbane, Brooklyn on Brookes,  The Chelsea, Madison Heights;
  • Brisbane Airport Second Runway: preparing the head contractor’s contract administration suite;
  • Basement collapse: acting for the developer of a residential project which experienced a high profile basement collapse during construction, damaging surrounding properties, using facilitated negotiation to enable the completion of the project;
  • Project restructuring: acting for numerous developers in realigning distressed projects, including strategies to complete projects following contractor insolvency; and
  • Subcontractors charges: prosecuting and defending subcontractors charges, including 30 charges delivered on a project following the insolvency of a major contractor.

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