Lucas Keogh

Lucas is a partner in the Building 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: General Counsel and Company Secretary of the market leading supplier of heavy machinery to the construction and mining industries in NSW, WA and North East China, and advising, drafting and negotiating of all forms of supply, services and related contracts, and management of customer disputes;
  • Major Contractor: Drafting various suites of contract documents for local and nationwide construction contractors including bespoke long and short form subcontracts, minor works contracts, consultancy agreements and purchase orders, and following up with training courses;
  • Precision Group: Advised on their acquisition of the Chatswood Transport Interchange retail complex and on proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW against the developer, Laing O’Rourke and Railcorp to suspend the construction work due to claimed design and construction defects, and on a settlement to resolve all outstanding matters and to complete and occupy 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 Chinese head contractor for the development of an iron ore reserve at the Cape Preston, Sino Iron project;
  • Major Contractor: Acting in three related adjudication proceedings commenced by the main subcontractor claiming for $7 million variations and delay costs in relation to the design and construction of an Advanced Water Replenishment Plant demonstration faciligy in Perth, Western Australia;
  • John Holland: Advising on a number of security of payment claims and subsequent court proceedings against the Roads and Traffic Authority (NSW) (as it then was) regarding the construction of a 7km dual lane carriageway bypass and associated bridgework at Kiama, south of Sydney; and
  • Queensland Energy Resources: Acting as the 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 demonstration plant in Gladstone, Queensland.

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