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Simon Ashworth

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As many of his clients can attest, Mr. Ashworth is known as an imaginative thinker who develops innovative solutions and focusses his advice on helping create value for his clients and get the deal done.

Mr. Ashworth advises consortia, contractors and construction companies on a wide range of infrastructure procurement in both Australia and New Zealand. He specializes in procurement strategy and contractual drafting and negotiations, including for infrastructure projects (in particular transport and social infrastructure) and energy and resources projects. He has advised on a number of government infrastructure projects for both public and private sector clients including the Sydney Light Rail PPP, Grafton Prison PPP, Auckland Prison PPP, South Auckland (Wiri) Prison PPP, Gold Coast Light Rail PPP, Cross River Rail PPP, Sydney Growth Trains, NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund Phase 2, Sydney Ferries Outsourcing and Australia's new Antarctic Icebreaker.

Mr. Ashworth is highly regarded in the market as one of Australia's leading practitioners and is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017 – 2019), Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017 – 2019) and Best Lawyers (2015 – 2019) directories for his expertise.

Professional Background

Prior to K&L Gates, Mr. Ashworth was a partner at one of Australia's leading independent law firms.


  • Best Lawyer – Project Finance and Development Law by Best Lawyers (2015 – 2019)
  • Leading Lawyer for Construction by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017 – 2019)
  • "Clients praise the depth of his knowledge." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2019)
  • "He knows the market, he's very measured and considered, and he gives practical advice that is underpinned by a good knowledge of the legal situation." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2019)
  • "His attention to detail and ability to turn around significant volumes of work at short notice is why we continue to brief him." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2018)
  • "He is a very good negotiator, always coming up with a good solution, and he is very imaginative." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2017)
  • "a strong solutions provider" (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017)
  • "Simon is like a member of my own legal team, only at a different level. He works with our in-house team bringing skills we don't have." (Infrastructure client)
  • "I'm confident in saying that if we did not have Simon negotiating on our behalf we would not have had such a successful outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend him for work involving the Commonwealth and am confident that he would bring value to any such transaction." (Engineering client)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of New South Wales, member
  • Law Society of England and Wales, member
Experience gained prior to joining K&L Gates includes:
  • Corrections Sector – Advised both builders and operators of corrections facilities in their procurement phases and during contract implementation. These projects include:
    • Grafton Prison PPP
    • Auckland Prison PPP
    • South Auckland (Wiri) Prison PPP
    • Ravenhall Prison PPP
    • Waikeria Prison PPP
    • NSW's John Morony Prison Outsourcing
    • Mt Gambier Prison Outsourcing
  • Antarctic Icebreaker, DMS Maritime – Acted for a subsidiary of Serco, on its successful bid for the AUD2 billion contract to design, build, operate and maintain a new 156 metres long Australian icebreaker research and supply vessel for the Australian Antarctic Division of the Commonwealth Department of Environment.
  • NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund Phase 2 (SAHF2) – Advised one of the consortia bidding for the NSW SAHF2 project.
  • Sydney Light Rail PPP – Advised the Connecting Sydney consortium (Acciona Infrastructure Australia, Transdev, Alstom Transport Australia and Capella) in its successful bid for the new CBD and South East Light Rail and operations of the Inner West Light Rail project.
  • Water Projects – Advised the Department of Environment, Victoria and SA Water and the South Australian Crown Solicitors Office in relation to their desalination projects. Advised Barwon Region Water Authority on its biosolids PPP.
  • Construction and Engineering Contracts – Advising principals and contractors on numerous construction, engineering and processing contracts, including for major shopping centres, hotels, hospitals, warehouses and facilities for the handling of liquid chemicals, gasses and oil products.