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Experience is everything

Every sector faces a unique set of issues and challenges. When it comes to the law, partnering with a team who has a deep knowledge of your sector is critical to get the best outcomes. We cherry pick our teams to best suit the needs of our clients and to ensure that you get the results you are looking for.

Aviation

 

Airports are complex from a legal point of view. Vincent Young provides innovative, practical commercial and project advice to owners and operators of airport infrastructure.

We have worked on major airports. We understand the complexity of airport developments with the large number of stakeholder requirements and the need to deal with critical operational and safety issues. We work closely with our clients to identify and mitigate risks and resolve matters as they arise.

Our experience includes work at Sydney Airport for three years in preparation of the Olympic Games which included managing substantial disputes, contract negotiations, reviewing contracts and training staff.

Roads

 

Road infrastructure projects are a critical feature of the Australia’s current economic growth strategy. Our team provides commercial advisory services in the road sector, including transaction management, contract and commercial management and dispute resolution.

We leverage our skills to provide our clients with the best technical, delivery and commercial experience of our advisors to lead and deliver realistic and practical, commercially-focussed solutions.

Our team was involved in the drafting of the RTA Road Maintenance Contract for NSW and completed the negotiation and drafting of a $100 million services contract for an ASX listed infrastructure company.

Rail

 

Whether in rollingstock, heavy rail, light rail, station construction or rail systems, we have extensive experience advising in all phases of the project lifecycle.

Our team’s wealth of experience in complex rail infrastructure places us at the forefront to support the development, delivery and operation of public and privately owned rail infrastructure.

Some of our major matters include acting for the NSW Government rail and transport bodies in relation to Ultimo/Pyrmont Light Rail transit system and working with the NSW Government to develop the concept of rail access arrangements and preparing various rail access documents and advising on rail access issues.

Maritime

 

Whether it be in the construction, property contracts or commercial aspects of ports, ferry and cruise ship terminals and wharfs, and ferry fleets our team can drive the right outcomes.

We work with a wide spectrum of clients, both from the public and private sector. We identify risks and also opportunities and are focused on the resolution of major disputes and the preparation of contracts. Some of our matters include acting for the government in redevelopment projects for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, serving as lead project lawyer and negotiator for the NSW Government and acting on wharf access sharing arrangements for Circular Quay.

Energy

 

Australia is experiencing significant growth in energy infrastructure projects, particularly in the renewables sector and our focus is to simplify the complex and mitigate risk.

We have worked on an array of significant energy infrastructure matters and achieved great success for our clients. This includes an international arbitration under the French Civil Code concerning a Power Plant in Prony Bay New-Caledonia (for Austrian Energy and Alstom Power).

Social infrastructure

 

Whether it be schools, social housing, healthcare, aged care or public spaces, our team has a depth of experience in all aspects of the project lifecycle for the social infrastructure sector.

We have achieved significant outcomes for our clients including Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust and Western Sydney Parklands and the redevelopment of Parramatta Civic Place to name a few.

Water

 

Water infrastructure and assets have their own unique challenges and our team have worked on a number of significant projects.

The key to our success is to work closely with our clients to identify and mitigate risks, develop tight contracts and to solve complex problems as they arise.

OUR SECTOR SPECIALISTS

Partner - Construction

Mark Irwin

Mark is a partner in our construction team with near 20 years’ experience.

Mark is a partner in our construction team with near 20 years’ experience.

Mark’s practice spans both front and back end from contract negotiation and drafting through to all forms of dispute resolution and advisory services across multiple jurisdictions.

In terms of litigation and dispute resolution Mark has extensive experience in all dispute resolution processes from mediation to adjudication, expert determination and arbitration and has litigated in all relevant courts and tribunals (including the Court of Appeal on multiple occasions).

In terms of drafting Mark has drafted numerous head contracts and bespoke subcontract suites for main contractors.

Mark has been involved in a number of touchstone cases on Security of Payments.

Founder & Partner - Construction

Brett Vincent

Brett has 30 years of specialised construction law experience coupled with 10 years of hands-on construction engineering work.

Brett is a rare breed in the law. His combination of 10 years of on-site construction engineering experience combined with 30 years in construction law makes him unique amongst his peers. Hands-on and fearless – this forms the heart of the Vincent Young philosophy and market edge.

His technical knowledge transcends the law. He loves nothing more than to get on-site and get to the heart of an issue in order to find the smartest solution. From advising on claims preparation and interpretation of contracts through to court and international arbitration.

Brett holds a B App Sc (Project Management), Dip Law and LLM. During his extensive career as a lawyer he has worked with all parties across the construction industry – from main contractors to principals, consultants and subcontractors.

Brett has run some of the most pre-eminent legal cases in the construction industry in the last 30 years. He has been recognised repeatedly in the Doyles Guide as a recommended construction and infrastructure lawyer since 2015.

Partner - Commercial

David Greenberg

David is the head of the commercial and insolvency department at Vincent Young.

David is the head of the commercial and insolvency department at Vincent Young.

David has an extensive network and the proven ability to deliver great outcomes for his clients. David is particularly well known in the insolvency industry and has conducted litigation in almost all of Australia’s appellate and trial courts.

Prior to joining Vincent Young as a partner, David worked as a senior lawyer for many years in a top tier international law firm having worked previously at other large law firms and as the Researcher to the Commercial and Technology and Construction List Judges in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

David is pragmatic. He prides himself on the close relationships he builds with his clients and the quality of the services he provides.

Senior Legal Consultant

Petar Vladeta

Petar has been a legal and strategic consultant to Vincent Young for over fourteen years.

Petar has been a legal and strategic consultant to Vincent Young for over fourteen years.

Prior to working with Vincent Young, Petar has been General Counsel for Sydney City Council and a lawyer at two national law firms specialising in finance, property and commercial matters. Both during and after the Sydney Olympics Petar was also the key legal adviser to the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

Petar has extensive experience in dealing with Councils, other planning authorities and developers and adds value to any transaction with the combination of his commercial and legal understanding of the issues and often by playing a strategic role in working with the planning consultants in dealings with the consent authorities.

Partner - Property

Mike Ellis

Mike has spent many years as a partner in leading law firms, and for some of that time as the National Property + Projects lead partner.

Mike has spent many years as a partner in leading law firms, and for some of that time as the National Property + Projects lead partner.

Mike works with Australian and global private and public sector clients on real estate and infrastructure projects and transactions integral to their business.

Mike has been and is advising on some of the most significant redevelopment and infrastructure projects in Australia including CBD developments, rail and port projects, alternative energy projects and head office leasing.

Partner - Property

Thomas Zilm

Thomas has over 10 years’ experience acting for prominent clients, both domestic and international – providing expert advice in relation to all aspects of property law.

Thomas has over 10 years’ experience acting for prominent clients, both domestic and international – providing expert advice in relation to all aspects of property law.

Thomas specialises in large-scale land acquisitions and disposals, petroleum franchising, major and institutional leasing, shopping centre acquisition, disposal and leasing, childcare centre acquisition, disposal and management, hotel acquisition, disposal and management, off-the-plan sales, strata management, greenfield development, due diligence and taxation.

Thomas is commercially minded and outcome-oriented, with positive client results the driving force behind his practice.

Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Queensland, Thomas is qualified to act for clients across multiple Australian jurisdictions.

OUR SERVICES

Contract reviews

Our contract reviews don’t just tell you the risk we propose commercially pragmatic amendments.

Drafting and negotiation

We amend, draft and negotiate head contracts, subcontracts, consultancies and other project agreements.

Advising

Our advisory services span variation and extension of time disputes through to complex legal/project issues.

Seminars and training

Training for project teams on contract administration, dispute avoidance and general refreshers on industry specific legislation.

Security of payments

Preparation of payment claims, payment schedules, adjudication applications and responses and challenging determinations in Court.

Arbitration and litigation

We establish and resource dedicated teams to long running arbitrations (both domestic and international) and litigation.