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Senior Associate

Mark Gillard

BA LLB(Hons) LLM DEA

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5050

M+64 21 576 724

Mark Gillard

Mark is a specialist construction and infrastructure lawyer with extensive experience working in Australia in top tier law firms and in-house roles.

Mark returned to New Zealand in 2018 after 15 years in Sydney where he assisted both public and private sector clients with the successful delivery of major construction and infrastructure projects, including rail, roads, water, energy, telecommunications and property development.

Mark has advised on projects delivered using a wide variety of documentation, from short form minor works contracts to suites of complex PPP documents. With particular expertise in the delivery of major transport infrastructure, he has been involved in many significant public transport projects in Australia, among them Sydney Metro, Sydney Light Rail and the Chatswood Transport Interchange.

Mark focuses on preventing project issues from turning into disputes through early identification and resolution. Having spent extended periods embedded within project delivery teams on major projects, he builds strong relationships with his clients to develop contract administration strategies which combine legal, commercial and technical perspectives on project issues.

Where a dispute cannot be avoided, Mark assists clients develop and implement strategies to resolve disputes efficiently, while minimising their impact on project delivery.

Examples of Work

  • Sydney Metro - advised Transport for NSW (Principal) on Sydney’s first metro line, the Sydney Metro North West, including working in the project delivery office for two years on secondment
  • CBD and South East Light Rail Project - advised Acciona (D&C Contractor) on the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail Project as head of the project legal team
  • Sydney Light Rail Inner West Extension - advised Transport for NSW (Principal) in relation to delay and disruption claims arising out of the Inner West Light Rail Extension
  • Chatswood Transport Interchange - advised Transport for NSW (Principal) in multiparty disputes heard in three NSW jurisdictions, the Supreme Court, the Land and Environment Court and the Court of Appeal
  • Digital Train Radio System - advised Transport for NSW (Principal) in defending claims for both time and money in connection with the installation of a Digital Train Radio System in the Sydney rail network
  • National Broadband Network - advised nbn (Principal) in relation to the rollout of the National Broadband Network, including assessment of claims and amendments to agreements
  • Kooragang Island Coal Export Terminal - advised Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (Principal) in relation to disputes arising out of the construction of a coal loading terminal and conveyor transporting system at Kooragang Island, NSW
  • Rail maintenance contract dispute - advised Australian Rail Track Corporation (Principal) in relation to a dispute regarding a rail maintenance contract in the Hunter Valley, NSW
  • Dispute over construction of LNG Facility - advised the Head Contractor in upstream and downstream disputes relating to the design and construction of an LNG facility in Queensland
  • Westpoint Shopping Centre Project - advised Baulderstone (Head Contractor) in relation to litigation in the Supreme Court of NSW arising out of the redevelopment of the Westpoint Shopping Centre
  • Refurbishment of blast furnace - advised United (Head Contractor) in Supreme Court proceedings in relation to a contract for relining a blast furnace at Whyalla, South Australia

Other Credentials

  • Doyle's Guide - Australia Construction and Infrastructure Rising Stars 2017
  • Society of Construction Law (New Zealand) - Member