Melissa provides commercially focused advice and representation on specific contract and construction issues such as risk allocation, consequential loss, limits on liability, variations and extensions of time. Melissa also prepares and advises on the contractual risk allocation of Australian Standard and bespoke contracts.

    Melissa has represented clients before various courts and tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Western Australia, District Court of Western Australia and the State Administrative Tribunal.Melissa was recognised by both Australasian Lawyer and Doyle’s Guide as a Rising Star in Construction and Infrastructure in Australia in 2016.

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    • Provided contractual risk advice on a subcontract agreement for a subcontractor client for a Perth hotel development project.
    • Advised a subcontractor client on a major works subcontract for the Delamere Works Project in the Northern Territory.
    • Advised a subcontractor client on a design and construct contract for the Sydney B4A Expansion Project.
    • Prepared a suite of commercial contracts for a contractor client.
    • Provided high-level review and advice in relation to a services contract, project management consultant contract, construction contract including allocation of risk, consequential loss, caps on liability, indemnity provisions, variations and liquidated damages as part of a due diligence.
    • Preparing and advising on Australian Standard Form contracts, bespoke agreements, memorandums of understanding and deeds of settlement.
    • Advising the head contractor on variation, delay and disruption claims arising out of the AU$700 million SMP contract on the Ichthys LNG Project.
    • Acting for contractors in relation to the Roy Hill project, and providing legal and commercially focused advice on claims and contractual entitlements.
    • Acting for the head contractor in relation to the Perth Children’s Hospital project in a dispute with the subcontractor, including providing legal and strategic advice and responding to adjudication applications.
    • Representing a subcontractor in a dispute in relation to the Perth Stadium project. This involved preparing an adjudication application, providing legal and strategic advice and commencing Supreme Court enforcement proceedings.
    • Representing a subcontractor client in Supreme Court proceedings against the head contractor in a dispute arising out of the Roy Hill project in the Pilbara region.
    • Representing the owners of a lithium carbonate processing plant in China and assisting in arbitration proceedings under the ICC Rules in Singapore and the CIETAC Rules in the People’s Republic of China.
    • Representing the world’s largest dredging company in a dispute arising between the owner and developer of an LNG project in Northwest Australia.
    • Representing a contractor client in relation to the Perth Airport project and providing legal and strategic advice to achieve a commercial resolution of the dispute.
    • Representing a subcontractor client in an application for an urgent injunction to restrain a call on bank guarantees.
    • Successfully representing a subcontractor client in adjudication proceedings under the Construction Contracts (Security of Payments) Act 2004 in the Northern Territory.
    • Successfully representing contractor clients in adjudication applications and defending adjudication applications under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 in Western Australia.
    • Representing a property developer in District Court proceedings against an engineering consultant in a dispute arising out of the development of residential apartments in Perth.
    • Assisting in developing a suite of contracts for a contractor client.
    • Providing high-level review and advice in relation to EPC, design and construct and construct only contracts, including allocation of risk, consequential loss, caps on liability, indemnity provisions, variations and liquidated damages.

    Education

    • College of Law Western Australia, Graduate Diploma, Legal Practice, 2011
    • The University of Western Australia, LL.B., 2010
    • The University of Western Australia, B.Comm., 2010

    Courts

    • Supreme Court of Western Australia, 2011

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member of the Law Society of Western Australia
    • Member of the Society of Construction Law Australia
    • Associate of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia
    • Recognised in Australasian Lawyer – Rising Stars 2016
    • Recognised in Doyle’s Guide Rising Stars – Construction & Infrastructure – Australia 2016

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