Doug Jones is an internationally recognised infrastructure and dispute resolution lawyer. Acting for owners (both government and private sector), financiers, contractors, consultants and subcontractors.

Doug has advised extensively on project structuring and financing, contract drafting and advice during project implementation and dispute resolution for major infrastructure matters, including Department of Defence facilities and equipment acquisitions, airports, ports, roads and rail projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and USA.

Doug has devised innovative ways of successfully bidding for and closing PPP and PFI project delivery in Australasia and internationally. Doug also has extensive experience as arbitrator and counsel in international and domestic arbitrations, and has also been regularly involved in the use of ADR including mediation in construction industry disputes.

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Transport and Logistics

Brisbane City Council and Queensland Government: Doug is the team leader advising Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government on the Brisbane Airport Link project, the proposed major road tunnel to connect Brisbane's northern suburbs, the Inner City Bypass and the proposed North-South Bypass Tunnel at Bowen Hills. We have provided strategic and detailed project advice for the Queensland Government in this transaction from its inception through the development of its business case to financial close and continue to provide advice in relation to the administration of the contract.

 

Roads & Maritime Service (previously known as RTA): Acted for the RTA on its new generation of Sydney toll roads - the Lane Cove Tunnel (LCT), Cross City Tunnel and Westlink. As team leader on the LCT project Doug was responsible for the development of innovative tendering, evaluation, and deal closure strategies which culminated in the LCT transaction representing the then most favourable risk profile ever achieved for government in Australia on a similar deal.

 

Taiwan High Speed Rail Project: Doug provides ongoing strategic advice to the concessionaire on the Taiwan High Speed Rail project on the construction of the high speed rail line between Taipei and Kaohshiung, the provision and commissioning of systems and acquisition and commissioning and maintenance of rolling stock for this US$18 billion project.

 

Railcorp: Doug provides strategic advice to RailCorp in relation to its Public Private Partnership project for the financing, design, manufacture and maintenance of over 600 new rail cars and associated maintenance facilities. With an anticipated project cost of $3.6 billion and complex interface requirements, this project is the most complex and significant of any PPP deal in Australia to date.

 

Department of Defence: Doug has provided ongoing strategic advice to the Department of Defence over the past 15 years on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. He has recently advised on new business strategies for equipment acquisition contracting, including Collins class submarines, (PFI) Replacement Patrol Boats, and Multi Role Helicopter. 


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Government Services

Brisbane City Council and Queensland Government: Doug is the team leader advising Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government on the Brisbane Airport Link project, the proposed major road tunnel to connect Brisbane's northern suburbs, the Inner City Bypass and the proposed North-South Bypass Tunnel at Bowen Hills. We have provided strategic and detailed project advice for the Queensland Government in this transaction from its inception through the development of its business case to financial close and continue to provide advice in relation to the administration of the contract.

Roads & Maritime Service (previously known as RTA): Acted for the RTA on its new generation of Sydney toll roads - the Lane Cove Tunnel (LCT), Cross City Tunnel and Westlink. As team leader on the LCT project Doug was responsible for the development of innovative tendering, evaluation, and deal closure strategies which culminated in the LCT transaction representing the then most favourable risk profile ever achieved for government in Australia on a similar deal.

 

Taiwan High Speed Rail Project: Doug provides ongoing strategic advice to the concessionaire on the Taiwan High Speed Rail project on the construction of the high speed rail line between Taipei and Kaohshiung, the provision and commissioning of systems and acquisition and commissioning and maintenance of rolling stock for this US$18 billion project.

 

Railcorp: Doug provides strategic advice to RailCorp in relation to its Public Private Partnership project for the financing, design, manufacture and maintenance of over 600 new rail cars and associated maintenance facilities. With an anticipated project cost of $3.6 billion and complex interface requirements, this project is the most complex and significant of any PPP deal in Australia to date.

 

Department of Defence: Doug has provided ongoing strategic advice to the Department of Defence over the past 15 years on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. He has recently advised on new business strategies for equipment acquisition contracting, including Collins class submarines, (PFI) Replacement Patrol Boats, and Multi Role Helicopter. 


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Construction and Major Projects

Brisbane City Council and Queensland Government: Doug is the team leader advising Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government on the Brisbane Airport Link project, the proposed major road tunnel to connect Brisbane's northern suburbs, the Inner City Bypass and the proposed North-South Bypass Tunnel at Bowen Hills. We have provided strategic and detailed project advice for the Queensland Government in this transaction from its inception through the development of its business case to financial close and continue to provide advice in relation to the administration of the contract.

Roads & Maritime Service (previously known as RTA): Acted for the RTA on its new generation of Sydney toll roads - the Lane Cove Tunnel (LCT), Cross City Tunnel and Westlink. As team leader on the LCT project Doug was responsible for the development of innovative tendering, evaluation, and deal closure strategies which culminated in the LCT transaction representing the then most favourable risk profile ever achieved for government in Australia on a similar deal.

 

Taiwan High Speed Rail Project: Doug provides ongoing strategic advice to the concessionaire on the Taiwan High Speed Rail project on the construction of the high speed rail line between Taipei and Kaohshiung, the provision and commissioning of systems and acquisition and commissioning and maintenance of rolling stock for this US$18 billion project.

 

Railcorp: Doug provides strategic advice to RailCorp in relation to its Public Private Partnership project for the financing, design, manufacture and maintenance of over 600 new rail cars and associated maintenance facilities. With an anticipated project cost of $3.6 billion and complex interface requirements, this project is the most complex and significant of any PPP deal in Australia to date.

 

Department of Defence: Doug has provided ongoing strategic advice to the Department of Defence over the past 15 years on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. He has recently advised on new business strategies for equipment acquisition contracting, including Collins class submarines, (PFI) Replacement Patrol Boats, and Multi Role Helicopter. 


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International Arbitration

McConnell Dowell: Singapore Main Trunk Gas Pipeline:  An arbitration pursuant to Singapore International Arbitration Centre rules, with procedural and substantive law being that of Singapore. With international arbitration and Federal Court proceedings, Doug advised in relation to proceedings in Bangkok and Australia for this $130 million gas pipeline project.

Hydro Tasmania - Basslink:  Doug advised Hydro Tasmania, the Tasmanian state-owned generator, in relation to the Basslink project, one of the world's longest submarine power cables (280km).  Doug is also currently advising in respect of ongoing construction issues including arbitrating (successfully) in relation to specific interpretation matters and otherwise advising in relation to on the Basslink interconnector between Tasmania and Victoria.

Teaching Hospital, Hong Kong: Doug represented a contractor (Claimant) in arbitration proceedings following the construction of a large teaching hospital in Hong Kong; claims for HK$130,000,000.  The arbitration lasted several years and involved the preparation of a substantial witness and expert evidence and a visit to the Hong Kong Court of Appeal.  The arbitration settled following publication of an interim award on liability.

Toyo Engineering Case: Doug acted for John Holland against Toyo in an arbitration before international panel arbitrators concerning construction of the Mobil Altona refinery. With a $250 million project value, the amount in dispute was $100 million. Conducted in Vancouver, London and Singapore under ICC rules (with substantive and procedural law being that of Singapore), the arbitration led to amendments to the Singapore legislation concerning challenge rights of parties who opt out of the Model Law in Singapore.

Bains Harding - MLNG Dua Liquidated Natural Gas Plant, Bintulu LNG field, Sarawak, Malaysia: Doug acted for a sub-contractor in dispute with Kellogg (main contractor) over termination of its contract for installation work on the Bintulu LNG field in a major international arbitration conducted under UNCITRAL Rules before a panel of three international arbitrators. (Seat in Kuala Lumpur, with procedure hearings in London.) The amount in dispute was in excess of MR$70 million. Award made in our client's favour plus 100% recovery of costs. Involved working with Malaysian lawyers in proceedings in the High Court of Malaysia and in the prosecution of an international arbitration arising out of the project work.

SMEC - West Seti Hydro-electric Project, Nepal: Doug provided ongoing advice on the most effective way to handle disputes, including consideration of the effectiveness of arbitration in India or England and ICSID. We advised SMEC in its negotiations with His Majesty's Government of Nepal in relation to a proposed 750MW independent power project involving the construction of hydro-electric facilities and associated transmission facilities connecting far west Nepal to the Indian Electricity Grid. The project involved concession, construction and loan agreements. Our team spent considerable time in Nepal in complex and lengthy negotiations with the Government. A detailed knowledge of local laws was developed in conjunction with local lawyers advising the sponsor.

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International Investment Strategy and Protection

McConnell Dowell: Singapore Main Trunk Gas Pipeline: An arbitration pursuant to Singapore International Arbitration Centre rules, with procedural and substantive law being that of Singapore. With international arbitration and Federal Court proceedings, Doug advised in relation to proceedings in Bangkok and Australia for this $130 million gas pipeline project.

Teaching Hospital, Hong Kong: Doug represented a contractor (Claimant) in arbitration proceedings following the construction of a large teaching hospital in Hong Kong; claims for HK$130,000,000. The arbitration lasted several years and involved the preparation of a substantial witness and expert evidence and a visit to the Hong Kong Court of Appeal. The arbitration settled following publication of an interim award on liability.

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International Trade

McConnell Dowell: Singapore Main Trunk Gas Pipeline: An arbitration pursuant to Singapore International Arbitration Centre rules, with procedural and substantive law being that of Singapore. With international arbitration and Federal Court proceedings, Doug advised in relation to proceedings in Bangkok and Australia for this $130 million gas pipeline project.

Teaching Hospital, Hong Kong: Doug represented a contractor (Claimant) in arbitration proceedings following the construction of a large teaching hospital in Hong Kong; claims for HK$130,000,000. The arbitration lasted several years and involved the preparation of a substantial witness and expert evidence and a visit to the Hong Kong Court of Appeal. The arbitration settled following publication of an interim award on liability. 

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