Engineers Australia

Geotechnical Engineering and the Law

Jeremy Quan-Sing and Nicholas Gallina

Jeremy and Nick will discuss practical legal information of relevance to geotechnical practitioners. Topics include:

  • Expert Witness: When might courts refuse to admit an expert’s report? Dura (Aust) Constructions v Hue Boutique Living [2012] VSC 99
  • Latent conditions: Who should take the risk for ground related risk?
  • Proportionate liability: Who can be a ‘concurrent wrongdoer’? Utility Services Corporation v SPI Electricity [2012] VSCA 158
  • Dispute Resolution: Advantages and disadvantages of court litigation, arbitration, mediation, negotiation
  • Administering contracts to minimise disputes
  • Negligence claims
  • Without prejudice communications – how can they help you?

The Presenters

Jeremy is a member of the Allens commercial litigation team and specializes in helping clients to resolve disputes on major projects in the resources sector. He has over 10 year’s experience assisting clients with the resolution of disputes through negotiation, mediation, litigation and arbitration. In addition to his legal qualifications, Jeremy has an honours degree in mechanical engineering which enables him to give practical legal advice on matters involving technical issues.

Nick is a commercial litigation lawyer with construction industry dispute resolution experience. Before joining Allens in 2007, he was a principal engineer, project manager and project director with AECOM. He has acted for private and government clients in the mining, energy generation, heavy rail and large retail sectors on a range of disputes and advises on strategies to minimise disputes in complex construction engineering projects, expert evidence, calls on securities, contract administration and the mediation and negotiation of construction disputes.


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