David Ulbrick

David advises participants in the construction industry, particularly in the resources and social infrastructure sectors, on all aspects of project delivery and dispute resolution. His clients include tier one contractors, consultants, resource companies and private developers. He has acted in a number of high profile decided cases and regularly supports clients through complex project-level negotiations and mediations.

With dual qualifications in engineering and law David works closely with project teams to understand technical issues and commercial imperatives. He is able to set, and then deliver on, resolution strategies to assist project participants as they steer through the sometimes uncharted waters of claims and disputes to successful project closeout.

David lectures in the popular Construction Law Masters program at the University of Melbourne and is widely published is recognised in a number of industry ranking guides. He is also a director of a number of professional and community organisations including the Society of Construction Law Australia.

David has been recognised by Doyle’s guide in 2019 as a ‘recommended’ leading construction & infrastructure litigation lawyer for Western Australia. He has also been identified as a Future Leader in construction law by Who’s Who Legal.


David’s experience includes advising:

  • Construction and Engineering confidential client in relation to a modified EPCM agreement for development of a ~$1bn lithium processing plant in Western Australia’s south west;
  • Ertech with a successful outcome of ~$1M adjudication proceedings concerning development of a subdivision in Perth’s outer suburbs;
  • Trans Global Projects Pty Ltd in an urgent freezing order application in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and associated arbitration in relation to disputes arising out of the Roy Hill Iron Ore Mine Development project;
  • Urbnsurf on a negotiation of critical equipment acquisition and installation agreement and an innovative approach to the main works contract for the development of the Melbourne URBNSURF park at Tullamarine;
  • Clough on adjudications and follow on enforcement and judicial review (and appeal) proceeding in the Supreme and District Courts;
  • RCR Water Pty Ltd in relation to numerous adjudications in relation to works at the Subiaco Waste Water Treatment Plant and other sites in Perth; and
  • BAM Clough Joint Venture on disputes arising out the construction of the PLF at Wheatstone, including assisting on London based arbitration to the head onshore contractor and defence of a multi-million dollar Supreme Court action by a subcontractor.

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