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Infrastructure law is a term used to describe laws and transactions relating to development, building and construction and major pieces of infrastructure such as roads, hospitals, schools, public transport facilities and public utilities.
It also covers substantial projects in this area such as public private partnerships between Government and the private sector. This is a transaction method often used to fund large pieces of new infrastructure.
Development of infrastructure is essential for our city’s economy to function optimally and to enable local businesses to grow and expand.
“At the moment, we are seeing unprecedented growth in Newcastle’s infrastructure, and Hall & Wilcox is playing a large part in providing advice and negotiating transactions in this sector,” Hall & Wilcox partner Katrina Reye said.
The law firm was involved in the negotiations in connection with the re-development of the iconic Store Site.
This exciting development has A grade commercial office space, two residential towers (twice the height of any buildings in Newcastle) and a bus interchange connecting to the light rail.
In this project, Hall & Wilcox designed, managed and executed the procurement process, the transaction documents and the negotiations between parties.
“As a long-time Novocastrian myself, it is really exciting to see what the future holds with projects like this happening all around Newcastle.
“It was also great to see the co-operation, focus and commitment amongst all parties involved in this development,” Katrina said.
“When you look around Newcastle at the moment, it is basically a construction site. Development is booming, and our clients are expanding, reaching out and taking the opportunities this provides them.
“Every time you see construction happening on the ground, there is a whole suite of transaction documents and advice that sits behind it.
“In the past five years, we have seen an increase in PPP (public private partnership) style contracting between Government and the private sector.
“This style of contracting is often used for major infrastructure projects and leads to a greater need for legal advice and assistance than normal.”
At Hall & Wilcox you will find partner Katrina Reye, Matthew Smith who is the corporate and commercial partner, special counsel Albert Ponte who is the senior dispute resolution expert and specialises in construction disputes and professional negligence claims, and senior associate Anna Bailey.
Partners Daniel Stoddart and Andrew Murphy head up the firm’s insurance work.
The team handle a range of large infrastructure projects and corporate and commercial transactions.