Lucas Keogh

Lucas is a partner in the Construction and Infrastructure group at HWL Ebsworth’s Sydney office with over 20 years’ experience in advising clients on construction, procurement and engineering issues.

With expertise in both law and engineering, Lucas acts for a range of private and government entities particularly in relation to technical infrastructure, construction and engineering disputes.


Lucas’ recent experience includes:

  • WesTrac/Seven Group previously General Counsel and Company Secretary and now currently a Director of the market leading supplier of heavy machinery to the construction and mining industries in NSW, ACT, WA (and previously North East China) involving board duties, advice on drafting, negotiating and administering all forms of supply, operation and maintenance models (including various KPI and risk sharing models on delivery, performance and life received);
  • Joint Venture of Tier 1 Contractors advising one joint venture of a consortium constructing the Sydney Metro on a wide range of claims made against the other consortium joint venture regarding variations, delay and disruption and defects, and progressing claims through an informal claim processes and then a dispute resolution board arrangement in relation to the design and construction of, at the time, Australia’s largest public transport project;
  • Tier 1 Contractor acting for the head contractor of a large toll road upgrade project in south east Queensland against the operate in relation to claims preparation and management, several expert determinations and ultimately an adjudication application in excess of $100 million for variations, delay and disruption in relation to intelligent lighting, multiple changes to final design drawings, traffic management and specific delay events;
  • Tier 1 Contractor acting for the head contractor of a Government administered major ring road development in north east Queensland in relation to a variety of claims for latent conditions and settlement, disruption of prefabricated supply items, change in laws and general disruption from multiple design changes in the context of a dispute avoidance board resolution arrangement;
  • Head Contractor acting for the head contractor against the main subcontractor in three successive adjudication applications over a period of around 9 months claiming for $7 million in variations and delay costs in relation to the design and construction of an Advanced Water Replenishment Plant facility in Perth, Western Australia;
  • Cooper & Oxley drafting various suites of contract documents for local and nationwide works including bespoke long and short form subcontracts, minor works contracts, consultancy agreements and purchase orders, and following up with deployment initiatives and training courses;
  • Precision Group advising on their acquisition of the Chatswood Transport Interchange retail complex and on formal litigation commenced in the Supreme Court of NSW against the developer, the head contractor and State rail authority to suspend the construction work due to claimed design and construction defects, leading to a settlement of all outstanding matters and completion and occupation of the retail complex;
  • Georgiou Group acting for Georgiou Group on the construction of a tailings dam and a mine access road in relation to several adjudication proceedings under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA) against the principal for the development of an iron ore reserve at the Cape Preston, Sino Iron project;
  • John Holland advising on a number of security of payment claims and subsequent court proceedings against the relevant Government authority regarding the construction of a 7km dual lane carriageway bypass and associated bridgework at Kiama, south of Sydney; and
  • Queensland Energy Resources acting for the principal as respondent to a security of payment application by the head contractor claiming over $18 million in extension of time and variation claims in connection with the design and construction of a shale to oil processing plant in Gladstone, Queensland.

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