James Forrest

James Forrest

James Forrest specialises in construction law. His particular areas of expertise include organising project structures, developing procurement systems, drafting contract documents and advising clients on dispute resolution.

James has advised clients on many major and sensitive construction disputes throughout Australia and Asia. He has been practicing as a lawyer for over twenty years.

James has been nominated as one of the world’s best lawyers in Construction & Infrastructure by Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 in which clients note that, "he has a great ability to take on very technical construction matters, and bring a whole group of people along with him from first principles through to getting a sensible outcome."

James is also ranked in Best Lawyers in Australia 2016 in the area of Construction/Infrastructure Law.

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Recent Matters

  • James has drafted contracts or provided significant advice in relation to numerous major construction projects including:
  • East Link Motorway (Melbourne)
  • Hazelwood Power Station Augmentation
  • Gold Coast Airport Redevelopment
  • Millmerran Power Station
  • Freshwater, Southbank
  • Myer Redevelopment, Melbourne
  • Telstra "Next G" 3 G network deployment.


  • Southbank TAFE (Brisbane)
  • Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne)
  • Royal Womens Hospital (Melbourne)
  • Showgrounds Precinct (Melbourne)
  • East Link Motorway (Melbourne)
  • North South By-Pass Tunnel (Brisbane)
  • Oman Joint Technical College (Oman)
  • Queensland Schools
  • Victorian Schools
  • Victorian Desalination Plant
  • New Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Northern Territory Secure Facilities
  • Wiri Prison Project PPP
  • Tarong, Callide and Stanwell Power Stations
  • Kogan Creek Power Station
  • Collinsville Power Station
  • Townsville Power Station
  • Shajiao C Power Station
  • Pelican Point Power Station
  • Millmerran Power Station
  • Sual Power Station
  • Lake Bonney Windfarm
  • Cathedral Rocks Windfarm
  • Studland Bay Windfarm
  • Tallawarra Pipeline Alliance
  • Tallawarra A Power Station
  • Marulan Power Station
  • Hazelwood Power Station Augmentation
  • Iona Gas Plant Expansion Mining
  • Solar Flagships Project
  • Moomba Compression Project.


  • Cobar Mine Expansion
  • Goro Nickel Project
  • Ok Tedi Pipeline Expansion
  • Ok Tedi River Dredging
  • Goonyella/Riverside Coal Mine
  • Ballera Gas Plant
  • Minerva Gas Plant.


  • Freshwater, Southbank
  • Sydney Wharves Development Project Sydney
  • A'Beckett Street Tower
  • Triptych Development, Southbank.


  • Perth Airport Redevelopment
  • Darwin Airport Redevelopment
  • Brisbane Airport Rail Link Project
  • East Link Motorway (Melbourne)
  • Brisbane Airport Redevelopment
  • Gold Coast Airport Redevelopment
  • Southern Cross Redevelopment (Melbourne).

Commercial Health and Retail

  • Myer Redevelopment
  • Urban Workshop Redevelopment Melbourne
  • National Australia Bank Headquarters, Dockside
  • Nolan Tower, Dockside
  • Conder Tower, Dockside
  • Caneland Shopping Town, Mackay
  • Queens Plaza/David Jones Redevelopment
  • Chadstone Shopping Centre Redevelopment
  • Furama Resort, Danang
  • Mater Hospital, Brisbane
  • Mater Private Hospital, Brisbane
  • Mater Hospital, Mackay
  • Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Children's Hospital, Brisbane
  • Epworth Hospital, Melbourne
  • Ipswich Hospital
  • 717 Bourke St Development.


  • Umbrella Deed contract system
  • Access Network Commercial Contracting Services Contract (ANCCSC) Project for access network procurement.


  • Institute of Arbitrators
  • Law Institute of Victoria.


  • 1981: Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland
  • 1983: Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland
  • 1985: Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • 1988 - 1991: Partner, Chambers McNab Tully & Wilson
  • 1991 - 1998: Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth (formerly Chambers McNab Tully & Wilson)
  • 1998 - present: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons.


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