With a focus on the energy, mining and construction sectors, Laurence’s experience encompasses disputes occurring at various stages of the extractive industries life-cycle, including joint venture disputes, principal-contractor disputes, and insurance recovery claims for owners of production assets following major incidents.
He is experienced in alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation, as well as adjudication under security of payment legislation.
Laurence has worked closely with clients on all aspects of evidence gathering, including large-scale data collection, management of substantial electronic disclosure processes and the production of technically complex lay and expert evidence.
He also provides strategic advice on dispute avoidance strategies for ongoing projects.
Laurence’s experience includes:
- acting for a Korean contractor in a Singapore-seated international arbitration relating to the construction of an iron ore mine and the associated rail and port infrastructure in Western Australia
- acting for a Malaysian-Australian joint venture contractor in a $388 million dispute relating to the construction of a coal export terminal
- acting for the owner of a coal port in a dispute relating to the collapse of a coal dump station. The matter involved multiple cross-claims and a range of technical issues, including jet grouting, hydrogeology, vibration and structural engineering
- acting for a Chinese state-owned enterprise in an international arbitration relating to the construction of a chemical plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- providing ongoing advice on dispute avoidance strategies to a sub-contractor relating to a large offshore LNG project with respect to two joint venture partners under separate sub-contracts
- acting for an electricity generator in proceedings arising out of a put and call option to acquire land as part of an aborted power station project
- acting for a Brazilian-Australian joint venture in relation to a $200m property damage and business interruption insurance claim involving losses arising from heavy rain that flooded an open cut coal mine
- acting for a listed oil and gas company defending a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation brought by a former joint venture partner in connection with the sale of offshore oil blocks
- advising a national resource company in various disputes with service providers connected to its oil and gas operations in Algeria, including disputes relating to the hire of drilling rigs and provision of a field development plan
Laurence is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, a Solicitor Advocate in the higher courts of England & Wales, and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Laurence began his career in the Herbert Smith Freehills London dispute resolution team before transferring to the Brisbane office in 2014.