Andrew Kelly has more than 20 years’ experience in construction and engineering matters, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom, and advises principals, contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, and other consultants.

Andrew leads a pre-eminent Construction team in Queensland consisting of 12 construction lawyers regarded as leading advisers to the industry, particularly in relation to the adjudication process under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (QLD). The team was rated in the top 4 in Queensland with respect to construction disputes by Doyle’s Guide 2014 – 2020 and Andrew is generally regarded as one of the leading construction lawyers in Queensland.

Recognition and Recommendations

  • Andrew has been acknowledged by Doyle’s Guide since 2012 and in the 2014 – 2022 editions of Doyle’s has been recognised in Queensland as a pre-eminent lawyer in Construction & Infrastructure Litigation and a recommended lawyer in Front End Construction & Infrastructure, rating him in the top 4 construction lawyers in the State. He has also been recognised as a leading lawyer Australia-wide in Doyle’s Guide’s (2016 – 2022) in Construction & Infrastructure Litigation.
  • Andrew has been recognised by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia (2013 – 2022) in the area of Construction/Infrastructure.
  • In the 2017 Expert Guide to Construction and Real Estate in Australia, Andrew was one of only three Queensland based construction lawyers to be recognised.
  • Andrew is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific (2014 – 2022), and was most recently noted by the legal directory for the “increasing demand for his construction disputes skills” in the market.
  • Andrew is also recognised as a leading (2013 – 2015) and recommended construction lawyer (2021) in the International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers as “very skilled in all forms of disputes” and “highly respected for his experience working on a range of complex projects in the construction industry”.
  • Andrew has been recognised by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017 – 2022) as a recommended lawyer in the area of Construction within Australia, and in a previous edition of this publication was noted as being “unreservedly recommended“. Andrew has also been acknowledged by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018 and 2022) in the area of Dispute Resolution.
  • The Guide to the World’s Leading Construction Lawyers 2013 lists Andrew as a ‘leading construction lawyer’.

Andrew Kelly’s significant projects include:

Andrew has significant recent experience, both transactional and dispute work, on a diverse range of complicated projects across Queensland and Australia, including:

  • Gold Coast Light Rail – Stages 1 and 2
  • LNG projects in Queensland – Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Project, Australian Pacific LNG Project and Gladstone LNG Project
  • Roy Hill Expansion Project
  • Wheatstone Project
  • Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Project
  • Gateway Duplication Project
  • Clem 7 Project
  • Lane Cove Tunnel Project
  • Airport Link Project
  • Go Between Bridge Project
  • Gorgon Project
  • Abbot Point Coal Terminal Expansion Project
  • Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Expansion Project
  • NCIG Port Expansion Project, Newcastle
  • Brisbane International Airport Expansion Project

Recent experience includes:

  • Acted in a significant Queensland Supreme Court litigation in relation to a complicated civil works dispute, the longest running trial heard in the Supreme Court in 2016.
  • Advised on ICC arbitrations involving international parties on LNG projects, Gladstone.
  • Acted on large infrastructure related adjudications under Security of Payment legislation ranging from A$1 million to $80 million in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, and Western Australia.
  • Advised on significant contract drafting and documentation work including Central Queensland coal project, Broken Hill nickel plant, LNG related projects, road rehabilitation projects, water and pipeline projects, and office and residential developments.