James Kendal

Clayton Utz
Partner Canberra

Demonstrating outstanding ability to take complex issues and apply them to his client’s strategic and commercial objectives, James advises on projects and undertakings across major infrastructure projects, government procurement and commercial projects around Australia in a broad range of industries, including aviation and airports, transport, government, statutory corporations and construction.

Notable Work
  • ACT Government: played a key role advising on the $1 billion Canberra Light Rail Stage 1 PPP Project.
  • Commonwealth: acted in relation to the arrangements for, and approach to, the proposed development and extension of a rail link from the existing Transport for NSW rail network to the new Western Sydney Airport.
  • Major Projects Canberra: advising on the multi-stage City to Woden Light Rail including advising on the PPP augmentation and a range of complex legal and technical matters.
  • Transport for NSW: acted on various major infrastructure projects on and around Sydney Airport, including the Sydney Gateway Project, Airport East upgrade and Mascot Tunnel refurbishment.
  • Disputes: advising on one of the largest disputes in the Technology and Construction List, demonstrating his expertise in handling complex legal scenarios, where his contributions have a direct impact on resolving substantial issues.
  • Director of National Parks: advising on the tender for a building contractor to undertake construction for the Ian Potter National Conservatory.
  • Deloitte: team member advising during the voluntary administration and sale process of Virgin Australia, working in a challenging and highly regulated environment.
  • Airports: advising international and domestic air operators on their operations in Australia. Also advising various airports in relation to commercial and retail developments, Airports Act regulatory advice, preparation of Master Plans and Major Development Plans and advising on airline air services agreements and other commercial transactions.
  • Commonwealth Government agencies: advising on procurement processes for technical services, delivery programs and construction, facilitating important government initiatives and contracts.
  • Drones: advised a number of entities on the regulation of drones around Australia, including safety and security matters.
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