Areas of Expertise

Construction & Infrastructure, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy & Resources, Government

Shannon is an experienced construction lawyer with a practice focused on building, infrastructure, engineering and other major projects. 

He provides advice in relation to procurement methods, drafting and negotiating contracts and acts on commercial and construction disputes for clients.  His has acted for developers, head contractors, subcontractors, engineers, consultants, architects, government departments, manufacturers and suppliers.

He has also worked in-house on secondment for the South Australian Crown Solicitors' Office, Adelaide Airport and Seymour Whyte.

Shannon is also a sessional lecturer, teaching construction claims and dispute resolution at the University of South Australia, and a joint author of the textbook "Contract Administration for Construction Professionals" published by LexisNexis for construction students and professionals.

What others say

"Teralba fully recommends Shannon and the team at Thomson Gear. The response is always fast, professional, and accurate."
Andrew Baker - Managing Director, Teralba Industries Pty Ltd
"Shannon is a trusted advisor to our business. Through a number of large infrastructure projects he has demonstrated strong commercial acumen, ability to collaborate with a number of stakeholders and achieving our business’ outcomes through his drafting and negotiation skills."
Alicia Bickmore - Legal & Corporate Affairs Manager, Adelaide Airport
"We would have no hesitation in highly recommending Thomson Geer and in particular Shannon Schwarz and Michael O’Donnell."
Brendan Hickson - Project Sales Director, Havwoods Australia


Advising Adelaide Airport Ltd

Advising Adelaide Airport Ltd in relation to the A$167 million Terminal Expansion Project of the northern pier/concourse of Terminal 1 at Adelaide Airport

Civil Mining & Construction

Acting for Civil Mining & Construction Pty Ltd in relation to earthworks and civil works performed on the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal project, bringing Supreme Court Proceedings in relation to claims for variations, delay and disruption.

South Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport

Acting for the South Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport in relation to the A$80 million City Tram Extension project and the A$754.5 million Darlington Upgrade Project.

McConnell Dowell Abigroup Joint Venture

Acting for the McConnell Dowell Abigroup Joint Venture in relation to Supreme Court Proceedings brought by a subcontractor engaged on the on the $1.83B Adelaide Desalination Plant.

Baulderstone Abigroup Joint Venture

Acting for the Baulderstone Abigroup Joint Venture in relation to the $407.5M Southern Expressway Duplication Project.