Building, Construction & Infrastructure

As a competitive and dynamic industry, clients seek support to manage risks and resolve disputes relating to building, construction and infrastructure projects.

Navigating the demands of the marketplace, coupled with regular changes in legislation, means participants must constantly assess and contend with complex issues and risks.

Cowell Clarke’s approach to drafting construction contracts and dispute resolution is one focused on identifying and dealing with risks that permit our clients to achieve efficient and commercial outcomes. Our clients include large and medium sized contractors, Australia’s largest private and public shopping centre owners, commercial and retail property owners, local government and private and family owned property groups.

Cowell Clarke is practised at supporting clients that demand efficient, prompt and commercial advice. Often, fast turnaround is needed, particularly with construction documentation and disputes and our team is equipped to deliver.


  • procurement advice
  • construction contract drafting and negotiation, including:
    • significant retail and residential developments – including some of Adelaide’s largest shopping centres
    • infrastructure projects - including high profile developments in the CBD with complex public interface
    • large civil and mining projects
    • projects involving construction and project management
    • design and construction contracts, fixed price contracts and GMP models
  • construction litigation, including:
    • acting for parties involved in SOP claims in all Australian jurisdictions
    • acting for clients in all jurisdictions in Australia in relation to bringing and defending claims for payment
    • complex disputes concerning the assessment of defective work
    • claims for professional negligence
    • arbitration
    • alternative dispute resolution including mediation
  • Security of Payments disputes
  • commercial litigation
  • employment & industrial relations
  • regulatory advice, governance and compliance
  • specialist tax advice

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