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Sandra Steele

Acting for Lendlease in negotiating the construction contract based on AS2124-1992 for the University of Queensland’s new AUD120 million Oral Health Centre at its Herston Campus in Brisbane.
Acting for Lendlease in negotiating with QIC the design and construct contract based on AS4300-1995 for the redevelopment of the existing Robina Shopping Centre in Queensland by providing additional retail and commercial space, and refurbishment of the existing space.
Advising on the construction of many major retail and commercial projects nationally including, 39 Martin Place New South Wales, ANZ Offices at 833 Collins Street, Docklands and the RNA Showgrounds Redevelopment in Queensland.
Advising Baulderstone Hornibrook Pty Limited on the construction of the Macquarie Shopping Centre with respect to its entitlement to extensions of time, variation claims, quantum meruit and with respect to its options for dispute resolution.
Working as part of the successful bid team acting for Lendlease Project Management & Construction on the Sunshine Coast University Hospital PPP.
Advising Lendlease on large and complex dispute resolution processes and litigation. Claims brought by Lendlease included claims for variations, extensions of time, delay, disruption and acceleration costs. A recent case involved successfully defending a hierarchy of controls defect claim brought by the Australian Capital Territory Government with respect to the Alexander Maconochie Prison in the Australian Capital Territory.
Successfully defending Siemens Limited in a Court of Appeal challenge to an Adjudicator's determination under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW). This was the first case of its type to be brought in the Court of Appeal and for that reason the outcome was closely watched by the industry. The decision changed the law regarding the bases upon which an Adjudicator's determination may be challenged under the Act.
Defending claims for the New South Wales Department of Commerce brought in an expert determination process by Sinclair Knight Merz over its tendered sums for Routine Condition Based Maintenance at school facilities.
Advising Baulderstone Hornibrook Pty Limited across a number of projects with respect to its entitlement to extensions of time, variation claims, quantum meruit and with respect to its options for dispute resolution.
Acting for Barclay Mowlem with respect to a summary judgment application at the Supreme Court to recover a significant progress payment under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW). The contested summary judgment application was successful.
Acting for the State of New South Wales in Supreme Court proceedings against Griffith City Council for negligent advice on strategies to increase the capacity of, or to augment, its sewerage system to provide a short and long term solution for the processing and disposal of Griffith's sewerage.
Acting for ABB in an arbitration under the LCIA Rules of international arbitration against Kvaerner E&C Australia Pty Ltd in relation to its works at the Pulp and Paper Mill at Tumut, New South Wales. ABB's claims were for variations, extensions of time and related delay costs. The matter settled favourably for ABB.
Prosecuting Walter's variation claims in relation to the Port Central Shopping Centre at Port Macquarie, New South Wales. This involved structured interviews with executive and middle management to determine the parameters of the various variation claims (valued at AUD21.9 million) as well as the preparation of submissions on evidence in relation to each of the claims for acceleration and compartmentalisation. The matter resolved by mediation.
Negotiating to favourable resolution substantial claims brought by Walter in respect of variations and delay on the Queen Adelaide Building, Brisbane. This included advising the client in relation to dispute avoidance and minimisation. The matter resolved by mediation.
Acting for FFE Building Services Limited on a dispute with Ausco Building Systems regarding variation claims and an acceleration claim. The matter resolved by an expert determination process.
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