Construction Dispute Resolution & Litigation


Construction disputes can arise around a broad range of issues – from motorways and building facades through to mine processing equipment and quarry rehabilitation.

In these situations, you need timely, efficient, and economic resolutions, even in the most complex of disputes.

We know this, as our high performing team – led by specialist construction litigation Partners Patrick Mead, David Rodighiero, Luke Preston, and Michael Elliott – has managed these disputes in all Australian jurisdictions, as well as internationally. This includes those governed by the International Chamber of Commerce guidelines.

While we are experienced in handling large-scale litigation, we actively support alternative dispute resolution methods (including facilitation, mediation and arbitration) to achieve the best outcome for you.

Our team includes four Accredited Adjudicators, of whom two are practicing Registered Adjudicators. Clients greatly benefit from their collective expertise in Security of Payment Disputes.

Team leader Patrick Mead was awarded a Professional Certificate in Arbitration from the University of Adelaide and is an Empanelled Arbitrator and an Accredited Mediator and Registered Adjudicator.  This background reinforces the team’s focus on Alternate Dispute Resolution as a means of resolving intractable disputes.

Our team has won the Dispute Resolution and/or Litigation Team of the Year award at the 2023 Australian Law Awards. In addition, five of our partners are recognised for their Litigation and/or Alternative Dispute Resolution expertise in the Best Lawyers in Australia 2025 Edition and Carter Newell is also ranked in the category of Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Law Firms – Queensland (2023) by Doyle’s Guide.


  • Adjudicating in BCIPA claims
  • Advice on the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld)
  • Construction dispute resolution
  • Expert determinations
  • Litigation (including large-scale disputes)
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Time-related claims (prolongation, disruption, acceleration and liquidated damages)
  • Variations
  • Defective work claims

The team

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