Construction, Projects & Infrastructure


From regulatory hurdles through to technological advancements, operating in the construction and engineering sector has a myriad of complex legal and environmental considerations.

This includes compliance with building codes, safety standards, and environmental regulations - adding additional considerations on top of the standard requirements of running a business.

Operating successfully in this sector requires an ability to identify and navigate these regulations to avoid delays, unnecessary costs and complications, and even reputational damage.  This is more easily achieved with advisors who understand the unique factors of this industry.

Our team has worked with organisations operating in this sector for more than 30 years. We understand the volatile nature of material and labor costs, the industry’s dependency on the accessibility of raw materials such as steel, cement, and lumber, as well as how fluctuations in their prices impact project budgets and timelines.

We also know the continuous challenges of accessing skilled labor, the importance of flawless workplace health and safety policies, practices and procedures, and the impact of technological disruptors such as the evolution of Building Information Modeling and the usage of drones.

Whether you need help with de-risking your day-to-day operations or challenging yourself to innovate – our team can help you work through the ever-changing regulation and stay competitive in this dynamic landscape.

An experienced and dedicated team

Construction, projects and infrastructure is a focus industry for Carter Newell. We continually develop our specialist expertise in this area, and proudly support and invest in its growth and sustainability.

We have advised clients in the construction, projects and engineering industries for more than three decades, advising on front-end, insurance, back-end, and commercial legal services – including employment law, environment and planning, and property law.

We advise on issues ranging from project management and litigation, through to highly specialised areas of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld).

Our partners and lawyers collaborate across teams to share industry-specific knowledge and provide holistic, commercial advice that’s meaningful to you – without the legal jargon.

Our team has a vested interest in this sector, sharing expertise in industry publications and at industry events. We support various related associations such as the Society of Construction Law Australia and regularly contribute to leading industry publications including Building and Construction Law Journal and Australian Construction Law Bulletin.

Our team is industry recognised with Partner Patrick Mead awarded Construction & Infrastructure Partner of the Year by Lawyers Weekly in 2023. In addition, five of our partners were recognised in the category of Construction and Infrastructure Law in Best Lawyers in Australia 2023 Edition.

Carter Newell is also ranked in the category of Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Law Firms – Queensland (2023) by Doyle’s Guide.

The team

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