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 Vietnamese-Kuwaiti-Japanese joint venture project company in a Singapore-seated international arbitration arising from the construction of a refinery and petrochemical complex in South East Asia, with claims and counterclaims valued at over US$2 billion
- 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
- acting for a consortium of international contractors on a metro project subject to the ultimate jurisdiction of the Saudi Board of Grievances
- acting for a listed iron ore mining company in relation to a business interruption claim arising from the collapse of a sea wall and subsequent inundation of a mine located on a remote island. The matter involved detailed technical evidence on mine planning, including ore to waste ratios, fleet capacity, and iron ore price forecasting
- 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
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.