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Scott Laycock

Scott has practised in construction law since 1990. He practises at both the front end and the back end, bringing a deep experience in the construction and engineering industries and advising Australia’s leading companies in these sectors on all aspects of construction contracts and documentation. He also represents clients in disputes including litigation, arbitration and expert determination and has considerable expertise in the operation of the Security of Payment legislation.

He is renowned for providing exceptional client service, sharp legal and strategic advice and know-how in successfully steering and resolving complex technical and engineering disputes.

He is also the current author of “Building and Construction Law” for Thomson Reuters’ Laws of Australia and is also on the editorial board of the Australian Construction Law Newsletter and the Australian Construction Law Bulletin. Scott is an accredited mediator, expert and adjudicator.

Expertise

Scott’s expertise includes:

  • Advising on all forms of construction procurement
  • Drafting and negotiating the full spectrum of construction related documentation
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Statutory claims including those brought under the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) and the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW)
  • Acting in arbitration, mediations, expert determinations as well as matters requiring urgent interlocutory orders including injunctions and matters before all courts.

Recent projects

  • Representing the co-owners of AMP/Brookfield/GPT in the redevelopment of Darling Park and Cockle Bay Wharf.
  • Advising AVEO Retirement Homes on and preparing a range of construction documents for use on a $70,000,000 retirement village development project in Norwest Sydney.
  • Acting for Coca Cola Amatil drafting and negotiating supply and install and design and construct contracts for the redevelopment of the Richlands Distribution Centre.
  • Advising Crown Constructions for the preparation of a range of construction documents for the iconic ‘Sydney by Crown’ residential development (located at 161 Clarence Street).
  • Representing CSR in major litigation and arbitration in respect of the Bushmaster Tank Project.
  • Representing GTP in several disputes involving the Wollongong Shopping Centre, Casuarina Project and the MLC Building.
  • Acting as an adviser to United Group in respect of disputes with Transport for NSW on the DTRS Project.

Recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer, Construction, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
  • Recommended Lawyer, Construction, Chambers Asia Pacific.
  • Recommended Lawyer, Building & Construction, Doyle’s Guide.
  • Recommended Lawyer, Construction/Infrastructure Law, Best Lawyers in Australia.

Thinking

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"Biggest overhaul of building laws in NSW...
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Personal liability for builders after...
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Liability apportioned for combustible...
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Opal Tower interim report blames design and...
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Proposed Security of Payment amendments...
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Building Reform: Times they are a changin’
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Security of Payment, Statutory Trusts and...
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The Shergold and Weir ‘Building...
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Combustible cladding and non-compliant...
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No more automatic right to terminate for...
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Probuild decision shuts the floodgates: High...
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“DON’T JUMP THE GUN” – the Timing of...
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A ban on combustible cladding and extending...
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Defective structure or defective design –...
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Who’s liable? Combustible cladding prompts...
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London fire sparks concern over cladding...
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Deferral of Strata Building Bond Scheme to 1...
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BREAKING NEWS: High Court today delivers...
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'Fair Play' - New contract laws to impact...
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“I don’t need you...or do I?"
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Forge Group Power Pty Limited (in...
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Avoiding unpleasant surprises: incorporation...
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The New Strata Schemes Management Regulations...
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The new Strata Schemes Management Act: Major...
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Probuild decision takes us back to the...
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Proportionate Liability - Dividing the...

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Tony Lalor