Avendra Singh is a partner in the firm’s Construction & Engineering Practice. He is also a member of our disputes resolution team, which is ranked in tier 3 (“prompt [and] commercial”) in the latest edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, despite its short five-year presence in Sydney.

    Avendra has a multijurisdictional, contentious and non-contentious practice that has covered urban renewal, residential and commercial property, public utilities (electricity, water and sewerage), public infrastructure (airports, rail, roads, bridges, jetties and sports stadiums) representing major developers, public and private owners, design consultants, project managers, contractors and subcontractors.

    Avendra “…come[s] in for praise…” in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, was recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014, and was named by Doyle’s Guide 2015 as one of the leading construction lawyers in NSW and described as someone who "knows his stuff".

    Avendra speaks regularly on new developments and issues affecting the projects and construction sector. Most recently, he was invited by ADB to present a paper in February 2018 on the issues governing the conduct of arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Model Law in the Asia Pacific region.

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    • Advising the NSW Arts Gallery procurement team in relation to the procurement of the design for the extension to the iconic Sydney structure.
    • Representing owners in a multi-party Joint Venture dispute for the development of historic White City. The litigation was conducted the Supreme Court of NSW, the Court of Appeal and ultimately in the High Court of Australia where his client was successful. It represents a recent statement of the legal and equitable principles governing construction of terms in an agreement: John Alexander Clubs Proprietary Ltd v White City Tennis Club and Walker Corporation Propriety Limited.
    • Advising major contractor in bid for extension of rail line for Pluto LNG project.
    • Advising on the urban regeneration of Central Park, Sydney; Collins Square, Melbourne; and Parramatta Square.
    • Advising on the redevelopment of the Sydney Showground for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to convert the Sydney 2000 Olympic facility for use as a 45,000 capacity stadium for agricultural shows, concert facility and home ground for the WS Giants and construction of exhibition halls.
    • Representing and advising global engineer in arbitration and litigation in the Supreme Court of NSW and Court of Appeal in the successful defence of a multi-party dispute: Downer EDI Rail Pty Ltd & Anor v John Holland Pty Ltd & Ors
    • Representing joint venture including a global infrastructure company in the upgrade of a major roadway in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Advice included strategies for completion of the project, termination of a major subcontractor and dispute resolution.
    • Representing public roads authority in a major AU$100 million dispute with an international engineering company regarding failures in the standards of professional service provided in the management of the national road network. The case involves litigation in Court as well as arbitration under the Model Law.
    • Representing the developer of a Port Botany stevedoring facility for P&O in a multi-party litigation in the Supreme Court of NSW: Tzaneros Investments Pty Ltd v Walker Constructions Pty Ltd
    • Advising Fiji Airways and preparing contracts for the construction of the first stage of the pilot training facility, adjacent to Nadi International Airport, Fiji.
    • Acting for public owned utility in the tendering for public lighting by private consortiums using the UK PPP model.
    • Acting for global engineering contractor in joint venture for the delivery of this infrastructure for TransGrid. Involved with negotiation of terms, management of issues during construction and resolution of disputes including litigation.
    • Advising on a case which produced a landmark decision, extending the rule established in Woolcock. It was run simultaneously (by others) with Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v OC Strata Plan 61288. The latter was appealed to the High Court which affirmed the outcome at first instance in this case: Owners of Strata Plan 72535 v Brookfield Australia Investments Limited.


    Education

    • University of New South Wales, LL.B., B.Comm., 1985

    Admissions

    • New South Wales, 1986
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Construction, Australia and Dispute resolution, Australia
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 in Construction, Australia.
    • Recommended by Doyle's Guide 2014 & 2015 – Leading NSW Construction Lawyer.
    • Recommended Construction Lawyer by the The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2014.

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