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Michael is the co-founder of Batch Mewing Lawyers. He jointly leads the firm which prides itself on understanding the challenges faced by the construction industry, and driving the best outcomes for clients.
Michael advises on dispute resolution strategies for complex construction disputes, involving multi-parties, and multiple claims including for variations, latent conditions, bank guarantees and defective works.
Michael has nearly 20 years’ experience in construction law and litigation obtained at firms in Australia and the UK and in-house at some of Australia’s leading contractors.
Clients praise his advice for being pragmatic, clear and considered. His comprehensive understanding of how major contractors operate based on his own in-house experience gives him an appreciation of how legal and commercial risks fit within the bigger picture.
Michael has experience advising on major infrastructure projects both across Australia and the UK including the Clem7 Tunnel, Wembley Stadium, the National Broadband Network, Olympic Dam, the North West Rail Link, Gold Coast Light Rail, WestConnex, the Gateway Upgrade North, Inland Rail, Defence Projects, and various school and high rise development projects.
Michael has been recommended as a leading construction litigator in Queensland by the prestigious Doyles Guide.
Andrew is Co-Founder and Principal with in depth experience in advising construction, infrastructure and energy sectors in transactional and disputed matters concerning the engineering, procurement, construction and operation of major projects across Australia and internationally.
Andrew was recently chosen by his peers as one of the best construction and infrastructure lawyers in Australia. The 11th Edition of the Best Lawyers in Australia was published with an article and interactive table by the Australian Financial Review.
He has advised in both private practice and in house for some of Australia’s largest construction and engineering companies and understands the commercial and technical drivers in the delivery of major projects. While Andrew is a technically focused lawyer, he also has a commercial attitude and a relentless approach to high performance. Andrew is committed to helping his clients to manage their risks and solve problems.
Andrew advises on complex and large scale projects across the full range of procurement models. His experience spans a diverse range of projects in the technology, retail and processing sectors.
He has significant expertise advising contractors and other industry participants in relation to all matters arising in connection with the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004, the Subcontractors’ Charges Act 1974, and the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991.
Andrew is an accomplished sportsman having represented Australia in swimming. He continues his driven approach, honed through years as an elite sportsman, in the way he helps clients set and accomplish their goals.
Richard leads the employment, industrial relations and safety practice at Batch Mewing Lawyers. He delivers practical and strategic solutions to employers of all sizes on matters ranging from day-to-day human resources issues to complex collective disputes.
Richard advises clients on how to build their relationship with their workforce on an individual and collective level. He prioritises avoiding and managing disputes but if a dispute escalates he is an experienced litigator focused on delivering his clients’ preferred outcomes.
Richard has deep experience working with clients in the building, construction and infrastructure sectors and beyond, including in the labour hire, transport, maritime, mining, government, real estate, retail and health industries.
Working in house in “front line” industrial relations roles has given Richard the negotiating and advocacy skills he brings to his practice. He appreciates the value of concise and practical advice.
Richard’s experience includes:
- Industrial Relations: Planning, strategy, union relations, right of entry, enterprise agreements (drafting, negotiating, approval and disputes) and compliance with the ABCC’s Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.
- Employment: Managing and resolving any issue relating to the employment relationship including conduct and performance, termination of employment, discrimination and illness and injury.
- Litigation: Bringing and responding to claims of a breach of confidentiality and/or restraint of trade, underpayment, breach of Modern Award, sham contracting, injurious falsehood and interference with contractual relations.
- Safety: advising and training employers on their duties, incident prevention and incident management.
Stephanie is a construction law specialist with over 11 years’ experience gained in private practice and as in-house legal counsel at a civil and mining contractor. Stephanie primarily acts in front-end contract drafting and negotiation matters. She is focused on applying strong technical drafting skills and providing commercial and practical advice to assist clients to best position themselves for each project.
Stephanie also advises clients on contract administration issues arising during projects, as well as the management of claims and dispute resolution. She acts for a range of construction industry participants, including principals/owners, contractors, designers, private certifiers, engineers and suppliers in the commercial, civil, mining and residential sectors.
Clayton is the leader of Batch Mewing’s Corporate and Commercial practice. He is a firm believer in joining with clients on their business journey to ensure commercial success.
Over his 13 years of practice in the Brisbane legal market Clayton has earned a reputation for defending his clients’ interests staunchly while never losing sight of the commercial focus of transactional, structuring and advice work. It is this combination of attributes that clients regard so highly.
Clayton brings with him a wealth of experience in the following areas of corporate and commercial law:
- drafting, negotiating and advising on commercial contracts, including:
- intellectual property assignment and licence agreements
- end user licence agreements
- website and general business (commercial) terms & conditions
- supply / distribution agreements
- service agreements
- confidentiality agreements
- loan and security documentation (including attending to Personal Property Securities Register registrations)
- advising on, and attending to, trade mark registration • advising on Australian Consumer Law implications in agreements
- advising on business structuring, assisting in establishing corporate and trust structures and restructuring, drafting shareholders agreements, partnership agreements and joint venture agreements
- advising on Corporations Act provisions, including directors’ duties, disclosure obligations, employee share schemes and voidable transactions
- attending to corporate secretarial matters including maintenance of registers and lodgement of ASIC forms
- reviewing, advising on, and negotiating commercial leases (including retail shop leases) and deeds of assignment
- advising on franchising laws, agreements and disclosure documents
- all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including negotiating and drafting sale agreements, conducting due diligence inquiries, reviewing and negotiating leases and supply agreements, preparing reports for corporate clients, advising on all implications of transactions including property, employment and securities, attending to settlements of transactions
With more than 15 years experience in dispute resolution, Chris provides practical, commercial and business driven advice. As a senior lawyer, Chris’ primary role at Batch Mewing is to offer supervision and mentoring to the team, with a particular focus on litigation, insolvency and securities matters as they arise. Chris supports our lawyers and clients with a strong technical knowledge combined with the ability to simplify complex tasks and issues.
With extensive commercial experience and as a business owner himself, Chris’ advice is always focused on seeing that our clients’ broader interests are considered as part of any legal matter that might arise.
Chris is an author and experienced public speaker. He regularly gives seminars and publishes articles, updates and videos. His focus is on providing valuable information about legal issues that is approachable, useful, and user friendly.
Alice has worked solely in construction law in her legal career and enjoys assisting clients in this sometimes challenging but rewarding industry.
Alice strives to always provide high quality technical advice which is also practical.
Her commercial approach to legal problem solving has been honed though her experience acting as in-house legal counsel for an Australian construction company which provides essential upstream services in the oil and gas, mining, renewable energy and water sectors.
She has a keen interest in front-end legal work, having developed her expertise through drafting, reviewing and advising on a wide variety of contracts – including for major infrastructure projects.
She also has experience in back-end legal work, including with security of payment legislation.
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As a senior associate in the Batch Mewing team, Ryan brings years of commercial experience with him from both his involvement in the insolvency industry and his dual Law and Business degrees from the Queensland University of Technology.
Ryan has a keen interest in getting involved in the building and construction sector and is already providing massive value to our clients with his hands on contributions towards improving their contract administration efforts.
Tyler is a senior associate with Batch Mewing Lawyers who has worked for the firm since completing a dual bachelor of Law (Honours) and Science (Biology) at the Queensland University of Technology.
Tyler primarily assists our clients with contentious legal disputes including at adjudication, in court and under contractual dispute resolution regimes. In seeking to solve our clients’ problems Tyler applies in equal part a keen interest in crafting creative legal arguments and deploying strategic commercial tactics.
Kent is a senior associate with Batch Mewing who brings years of commercial experience with his background working for small businesses, a large multi-national corporation, and for multiple not-for-profit and community organisations. Kent holds dual degrees in Law (Honours) and Business (International Business/Economics) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Through his studies and varied work experiences, Kent brings a down-to-earth, commercial, and pragmatic approach to clients’ opportunities and challenges.
Harry is an Associate in our construction team, and focuses on construction disputes, including adjudications and court proceedings. Harry has acted for clients across a range of industry sectors, including mining, civil, electrical and water infrastructure. Harry has advised clients at various stages of projects, from pursing claims during completion to the termination of contracts.
Nicole is a lawyer in the Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team and holds degrees in Law (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology and Science (Honours – Chemistry) from the University of Queensland.
Nicole brings 20 years’ experience in law enforcement, where across the course of her career she worked as a forensic crash investigator, a police prosecutor, a state training coordinator and on disciplinary matters, privacy matters and the development of strategic and operational policy and legislative reforms.
In her role at Batch Mewing, Nicole assists with work, health and safety prosecutions and unfair dismissal matters, and has a keen interest in employment law.
Rachel is a lawyer at Batch Mewing Lawyers. She recently completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) at the Queensland University of Technology.
Before coming to Batch Mewing Lawyers, Rachel worked primarily in family law at a Brisbane law firm. During her time in the Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team at Batch Mewing Lawyers, Rachel has developed a keen interest in employment law.
Jimmy brings a wealth of commercial experience with him from his involvement in the commercial, property and banking industries working for an international law firm and a national construction company as a secondee. Jimmy holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Law (Honours) and Business (Maj. Accounting) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Jimmy assists in back-end construction disputes where he uses his strong business acumen to help senior BML team members strategically lead our clients through difficult situations to commercially successful outcomes.
Ethan holds a Bachelor of Justice, and is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology.
Before starting at Batch Mewing, Ethan undertook various internships which provided both in office and courtroom experience.
Ethan is interested in back-end construction disputes. He ensures a honest, detailed and methodical approach to strive to deliver our clients' desired results.
Kelly recently completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology. Kelly is currently undertaking her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, to be admitted as an Australian legal practitioner in late 2022.
Before working at Batch Mewing Lawyers, Kelly worked in a barristers chambers in Brisbane City, specialising in construction law.
Kelly has developed a keen interest in construction law and strives to deliver a detailed, analytical and collaborative approach in assisting clients.
Tayla Jansen is in her fifth year studying a dual Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) degree and will graduate in 2022. Before coming to Batch Mewing, Tayla worked with a local firm in various areas of law, mostly commercial and immigration law.
She is interested in construction litigation, applying an analytical approach and strong attention to detail to assist with contract review, drafting and dispute resolution. She has a particular interest in the areas of construction law that intersect with planning and environment law.
Josh is in his final year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Government and International Relations (Public Policy) at Griffith University. Prior to joining Batch Mewing, Josh gained experience as a Legal Research Assistant for Dr. Emma Palmer, assisting on publications that considered the intersection of law and sustainable infrastructure development in Southeast Asia.
Josh enjoys working on construction disputes and litigation, and is particularly interested in both domestic and international commercial construction arbitration. Josh takes pride in delivering quality outcomes for clients by taking a practical and collaborative approach to matters.
Mackenzie is currently in her final year of Law at Queensland University of Technology.
Prior to commencing at Batch Mewing Lawyers, Mackenzie worked at a national building industry association, where she developed a keen interest in employment law and industrial relations, particularly within the construction sector.
Mackenzie continues to develop and utilise her skills in our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Team at Batch Mewing.
Marquessa is studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) dual degree at the Queensland University of Technology.
Prior to starting at Batch Mewing, Marquessa worked as a contracts administrator for a construction company in North Queensland.
Marquessa is interested in back-end disputes and litigation.
Kate is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Business Management/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Queensland.
Before starting at Batch Mewing, Kate worked as a paralegal for a community legal service.
Kate is interested in front-end legal work and ensures a detailed and critical approach to contract review.
Nicholas is currently in his third year of an Arts/Laws (Honours) dual degree at the University of Queensland and is majoring in economics, international relations and anthropology.
Prior to joining Batch Mewing, Nicholas worked in a barrister’s chambers, where he experienced large-scale commercial litigation in the Queensland Supreme Court, and was part of a Brisbane-based construction technology start-up automating contract procurement in the construction industry.
Nicholas continues to draw from his experiences in construction law to deliver thoughtful, detailed and flexible solutions for clients, and has developed a passion for litigation and dispute resolution.
Dakota is in his fourth year studying a dual Bachelor of Law (Honours)/ Bachelor of Business (Management) at the Queensland University of Technology.
Although new to construction law, Dakota is particularly interested in helping clients progress through front-end matters, disputes and litigation. He strives to ensure a friendly and detail orientated approach when delivering our clients' desired results.
Nicole is the Office Manager and Paralegal and has over 15 years’ experience working in leading Australian, South African and English law firms. The last 5 years of Nicole’s career have been devoted specifically to construction law.
Nicole is driven to achieve excellent outcomes for clients with her high attention to detail. She works closely with the legal team at Batch Mewing by providing invaluable assistance across a broad range of matters.
The experience she brings from working in international law firms has given her a key insight into the best practice for the construction and infrastructure industries.
Wendy is a highly experienced chartered accountant and finance manager who has lead the finance team at Batch Mewing since 2016.
Wendy’s background includes roles in commerce, international banking and prudential regulation, from which she developed a strong understanding of the challenges of cashflow forecasting, taxation planning, and financial and management accounting. In particular Wendy has an interest in assisting emerging business with the financial analysis required to support ongoing operations and the development of financial strategies for sustainable business growth.