Alison Close

Clayton Utz
Partner Melbourne

A contentious lawyer by training, Alison has spent most of the last decade assisting government or private sector principals resolve issues without recourse to litigation. She has experience providing assistance at all project stages (procurement, delivery and operations and maintenance stages), always drawing from her practical experience to assist clients achieve their objectives sooner.

She has a broad sector skill set including transport, LNG, transmission infrastructure and was for a period the General Counsel at Nexus Energy.

Notable Work
  • Victorian Government: advised on resolution of disputes, and subsequent restructuring, from delays tied to the disposal of tunnel spoil in the West Gate Tunnel Project. Alison continues to support the WGTP team in project delivery and completion preparation.
  • Victorian Government: advising on issues arising on other prominent road projects such as the Western Roads Upgrade Project, the North East Link Project, Peninsula Link, East Link and CityLink.
  • Victorian Housing Building Authority: advising on issues arising on hospital, childcare and ambulance projects.
  • Australia Pacific Airports Corporation: assisted in the successful resolution of more than 65 extension of time and variation claims for the New Terminal 4 and Multi-Level Structure projects.
  • Whitehaven Coal: assisting with issues arising in delivering Autonomous Haulage Vehicle fleet.
  • Major Projects Canberra: assisted on issues arising in the Canberra Institute of Technology Woden Project.
  • Hydro Tasmania: acted in three arbitrations, and advised on commercial issues associated with the Basslink interconnector outage in 2015.
  • INPEX: advised in navigating substantial extension of time and variation claims made by the Ichthys Project contractor for the onshore LNG processing facility in Darwin.
  • Curtis Island LNG Facility: assisted financiers and contractors in pipeline projects associated with it.
  • Origin: acted in a successful arbitration against Siemens, securing the recovery of expenses incurred to rectify the Uranquinty Power Station – a gas-fired power facility that exceeded EPA noise requirements.
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