Avendra is named in Doyle's Guide as one of the Leading Construction Lawyers in NSW and described as someone who "knows his stuff". Avendra Singh practices in the area of projects and construction, in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Avendra has extensive experience in giving strategic advice on the structuring and delivery of projects and the negotiation, drafting and administration of contracts.

    He also advises his clients on claims management and dispute resolution. He has conducted litigation that has resulted in major decisions affecting the operation of the Security of Payments Act.

    Avendra's skills have been applied in projects as diverse as airports, roads, defence, water and sewage treatment plants, high rise residential and commercial structures, industrial complexes and telephony. He also conducts ADR procedures.

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    Front End

    Recent projects which Avendra has structured and documented the delivery of include:

    • The redevelopment of the Royal Agricultural Showground, Olympic Park to host games by the new West Sydney AFL franchise.
    • New HQ for DEEWR, Canberra.
    • New accommodation for the ATO, Docklands, Melbourne.
    • Creation of the Collins Square Precinct, Docklands, Melbourne.
    • Major mixed use redevelopment of the CUB site, Broadway, Sydney.
    • Redevelopment of the former Ryde Hospital site.
    • Development of a mixed commercial, residential and hotel precinct in Perth.
    • Advice to a US environmental corporation regarding the remediation of a severely contaminated site in Melbourne.
    • Construction of high-end residential units on Dank Street.
    • Winmalee, Mildura and Culburra Sewage Treatment Plant.
    • The AU$2 billion upgrade of Sydney Airport including the installing of highly sensitive security scanning equipment and assistance with the drafting of attendant legislation.
    • Rhodes commercial and residential development.
    • Remediation of highly contaminated site at Homebush.
    • Redevelopment of entire Camperdown Children's Hospital site for high-end residential use.
    • Defence port and munitions facility at Twofold Bay.

    Back End

    Significant recent pieces of litigation, most of which have established guiding principles:

    • John Alexander Clubs Proprietary Ltd v White City Tennis Club and Walker Corporation Propriety Limited – Avendra conducted this litigation through its phases from the Supreme Court of NSW, the Court of Appeal and ultimately in the High Court of Australia where his client was successful. In the first instance utilising a team of four lawyers and paralegals he obtained success for his client by negotiating through a complicated discovery process, unravelling the commercial and financial agreements between the litigants and understanding complex contractual and equitable principles that affected the rights and obligations of the parties. This is a reported decision [(2010) 266 ALR 462; (2010) 84 ALJR 446].
    • Walker Corporation ats DECCW – Avendra acted for the owner of extensive landholdings in two prosecutions arising from the contravention of the recently enacted Native Vegetation Act. Given the novelty of the legislation, the cases are authority for interpretation of crucial elements of the legislation. One of the matters was appealed to the Court of Appeal.
    • QBE v Westpoint Realty Pty Ltd & Ors – Avendra acted for one of the defendants in this dispute in the Commercial List of the Supreme Court. The dispute arose out of the financial arrangements for the Bayshore development in Melbourne. An aggressive defensive stance culminated in a very favourable settlement for Avendra's client which was significantly less than the exposure.
    • Kell & Rigby Pty Ltd v LBD – this was conducted in the Technology and Construction List of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Avendra managed a team of five lawyers and a pool of paralegals to identify the relevant issues and favourable outcomes for his client.  By identifying a number of "killer issues" in the matter and tailoring the litigation to those issues, the client was able to get a successful result and an early termination of the litigation.
    • Owners of Strata Plan 72535 v Brookfield Australia Investments Limited & Hiltan ­ – Avendra acted for the developer in these proceedings which resulted in a landmark decision regarding the availability of tort action in defects claims to Owners' Corporations.

    Other significant and major pieces of litigation and dispute resolution that Avendra has conducted include:

    • The conduct of litigation arising from the collapse of Compass Airlines.
    • Litigation between a United States corporation and a major Australian-based contractor arising out of the contractual arrangements between them for the rehabilitation of a heavily contaminated site at Homebush, NSW using cutting edge technology.
    • Acting for Sydney Airport Corporation in the management of major upgrade operations in the course of which three significant disputes arose.
    • The conduct of four major pieces of litigation arising from the construction of roadways along the F3 freeway.

    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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