Australia: Corrs partner Michael Earwaker moves from Melbourne to Sydney to drive booming construction practice
Last Updated: 14 December 2015

Corrs Chambers Westgarth construction and projects partner Michael Earwaker has relocated from Corrs' Melbourne office to Sydney.

One of the most respected names in Australian construction, infrastructure and projects, Michael said the move to Corrs' Sydney office was inspired by the high levels of growth the firm is seeing in the Sydney Construction market and client demand.

"New South Wales' construction and projects market is booming. I was very keen to join the Sydney team and I look forward to enhancing Corrs' offering to the NSW market."

Michael's depth of experience in both engineering and law will uniquely place him as a trusted adviser for the legal, commercial and technical needs of the firm's Sydney clients.

Corrs partner and CEO John W.H. Denton AO said, "Corrs has built a world class team to deliver on major Construction and Projects outcomes. Michael is a highly experienced construction, infrastructure and major projects partner and his move to Sydney will add depth to the service of our client's needs."

Corrs' national construction practice continues to go from strength to strength. The team is one of the strongest in the country, advising on some of Australia's most complex construction matters.

Having acted on some of the most high profile disputes in the country for owners and contractors including in the building, civil and infrastructure sectors, Michael will strengthen the already respected and established Sydney team of construction partners Andrew Chew, Shaun Bailey and Simon Ashworth.

The Corrs Melbourne construction practice remains in good hands with one of Australia's leading construction, infrastructure and international arbitration lawyers Andrew Stephenson at the helm. Michael and Andrew joined Corrs together in 2013.

About Michael Earwaker

An expert in the resolution of complex technical disputes, Michael brings to the field a specialised blend of legal and engineering skills. Having practised as a civil engineer, he is uniquely positioned to better understand the technical aspects of projects and their inter-relationship with the law.

With both public and private sector experience, Michael acts for contractors, arrangers and owners in addition to having particular expertise in PPP projects. Clients value his ability to identify risk and maximise early settlement opportunities.

Construction and infrastructure project disputes involve a broad spectrum of issues. The facts, expert evidence and the law are often all contested. Michael takes a hands-on approach to the analysis and management of these issues.

Michael is also a Senior Fellow at Melbourne University where he lectures on Advanced Construction Law. As a result he is able to engage directly with participants in the industry, from both Australia and abroad, allowing him the opportunity to remain ahead of the curve in relation to upcoming trends, and to feed back the associated legal ramifications into his practice.

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