Donovan advises clients on the development and sale of major infrastructure projects across various sectors including, public private partnerships, transport and social infrastructure. Donovan also advises on defence procurement, the development of various commercial and mixed-use building projects and contentious projects and construction related matters.
In addition to his career in law, Donovan has worked as a lead structural engineer on the delivery of some of the largest defence projects in Australia including the $AUD 6 billion ANZAC Ship Project and the $AUD 3 billion Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) project. Donovan’s engineering background has proven invaluable in the negotiation of technical legal agreements and in engineering and construction related disputes.
Western Distributor / West Gate Tunnel Project*
Advising Transurban in relation to their unsolicited proposal for the AUD$5.5 billion Western Distributor / West Gate Tunnel tollroad project in Melbourne.
Victorian Schools Public-Private Partnership*
Advised Amber Infrastructure on its successful tender for the AUD$291 million PPP with the Victorian Government to build and maintain 15 new schools.
Cranbourne Pakenham Rail Corridor Project*
Advised the RTC consortium (MTR Corporation, John Holland and UGL Rail Services) in relation to the AUD$2.5 billion Cranbourne Pakenham Rail Corridor Project. This project relates to the delivery of 25 high capacity trains, high capacity signalling, grade separations at level crossings, power upgrades and a new train maintenance depot on the Dandenong corridor in Victoria, Australia.
Sale of John Holland*
Advised Leighton Holdings in relation to their AUD$1.15 billion sale of John Holland to CCCC International Holding Limited.
New Zealand Schools 2*
Advised Programmed Facility Management in relation to its services subcontracts on the second New Zealand Schools PPP Project.
Mixed Use Facilities*
Advised a major developer on a AUD$550 million mixed use office, hotel and retail development in the Melbourne central business district.
Student Accommodation Facilities*
Advised Scape Australia on the development of various high rise student accommodation facilities in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
Brisbane Airport Link Dispute*
Acted for Thiess John Holland in domestic arbitrations arising from alliancing contracts on the AUD$5billion Brisbane Airport Link PPP project.
Millmerran Power Station*
Advised the lenders in relation to the refinancing of the 850MW Millmerran power station in Australia.
*Experience gained in a previous role
Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)