Steve O'Reilly is a Senior Melbourne partner in the Major Projects & Construction Group and Joint Head of our International Arbitration Group.  

In 2017 Steve was appointed Chair of the Board of Clayton Utz.

Steve advises clients in all forms of dispute resolution on a wide range of infrastructure and construction projects.  His experience is extensive, covering commercial development, major infrastructure and the energy and resources sectors.

Steve has acted for owners, operators, investors, contractors, designers, manufacturers and insurers, both domestically and internationally. His experience over 25 years extends throughout Australia, South East Asia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

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Construction and Major Projects

INPEX: Ichthys Project: Steve is acting for INPEX in relation to the $15 billion onshore EPC contract.

South Bay Expressway: Steve acted for Macquarie in a complex US dispute involving claims by a joint venture contractor in excess of US$700 million.  This toll road dispute was the fallout from one of California's first PPP projects.

Melbourne Convention Centre: Advised Brookfield Multiplex in relation to two disputes (one upstream and one downstream) arising out of this $1 billion project.

BassGas facilities: Steve acted for a joint venture (Origin, AWE, CalEnergy and Mitsui) in relation to claims against the EPIC Contractor for liquidated damages, defects and variations arising out of the design and construction of onshore and offshore gas processing facilities.

Melbourne Airport: Steve advised Melbourne Airport in relation to delay and variation claims from the D&C Contractor.

Hydro Tasmania: Basslink Interconnector: Steve is advising Hydro Tasmania in relation to the failure of the Basslink cable in December 2015.

Energy Australia: Steve is advising in respect of defects in a wind farm and potential claims arising from the Morwell River Collapse.

Major Contractors: Steve advised Baulderstone in relation to several projects in recent years including delay, disruption and variation claims for road and marine works in Mornington Peninsula, the construction of the second Crown Hotel, Freshwater Place; buildings at Melbourne University, and the Qantas Domestic Terminal in Melbourne.

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International Arbitration

Anaconda Operations: Steve acted in a $1.2 billion construction dispute regarding defects and the delayed completion and ramp-up of the nickel and cobalt processing plant in Murrin Murrin, Western Australia.  Steve was responsible for project management of the arbitration requiring efficient management of a 20 person legal team.  The arbitration against the contractor which followed was ranked by American Lawyer in the top 10 arbitrations in the world.

FCCU Mobil Altona: Steve acted for John Holland in an international arbitration involving the construction of a fluidised catalytic cracker unit (FCCU) and other facilities at Mobil Altona.  The dispute included wrongful termination, delay, variations and cost to complete claims.

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Government Services

Department of Defence: Steve has advised Defence in relation to issues relating to termination, delay and variation claims, remedies following collusive tendering, and breaches of the National Code of Practice. Steve has also advised the Defence Materiel organisation in relation to major delays in the delivery of sophisticated communication and radar systems.

Biosciences Research Centre: Steve acted for Major Projects Victoria as agent for a joint venture of the Department of Agriculture and La Trobe University in respect to extension of time claims and potential ACL claims.

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