Andrew Chew

Partner. Sydney.

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Andrew Chew

With his insightful legal knowledge and expert project management, Andrew has established an excellent reputation in major projects.

However, Andrew also has another ace up his sleeve. As a qualified engineer, he is able to infuse his legal advice with a highly unique perspective for his clients.

This invaluable skill has benefited his work on a number of Australia's most significant transport, mining, energy and water infrastructure projects, as well as public and social housing facilities.

Andrew has wide ranging experience across various infrastructure fields including public-private partnerships, transport, hospitals and property development.

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With his insightful legal knowledge and expert project management, Andrew has established an excellent reputation in major projects.

However, Andrew also has another ace up his sleeve. As a qualified engineer, he is able to infuse his legal advice with a highly unique perspective for his clients.

This invaluable skill has benefited his work on a number of Australia's most significant transport, mining, energy and water infrastructure projects, as well as public and social housing facilities.

Andrew has wide ranging experience across various infrastructure fields including public-private partnerships, transport, hospitals and property development.

He has a particular interest in the development of project documentation for construction, building, infrastructure and process plant projects and alliancing projects, and mining projects.

“Wins praise for his ability to both run things autonomously and act as a good team member” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Andrew Chew

Andrew's Expertise

  • Extensive PPPs in various roles including consortium, equity, financier and contractor • Transport - East Link and Peninsula Link, Melbourne Metro and OSARS, Clem 7 and Airport Link (Brisbane), the various packages on Sydney Orbital (Westlink M7, Eastern Distributor, Lane Cove, Cross City Tunnel, M2), NorthConnex, WestConnex, NSW Rolling Stock, North West Rail Link, the Chatswood Transport Interchange, Cranbourne-Pakenham Rail Corridor Upgrade, Sydney CBD and South-East Light Rail and ACT Capital Metro Light Rail
    • Social - New Royal Adelaide Hospital, Canberra Metro, Orange-Bloomfield Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, Defence Single LEAP 1, Bonnyrigg Living Community Social Housing, Perth Stadium, and Social & Affordable Housing Fund PPP
    • Water - Mundaring Water Treatment Plant
  • Major water infrastructure projects Advised on the Sydney Desalination and Adelaide Desalination projects, as well as the Gerringong/Gerroa Sewage Scheme, Melbourne Water Capital Framework Agreement and the Sydney Water Network and Facilities Rewards Program.
  • Major transportation projects Acted for owners and various major contractors on a number of significant transportation and resources projects both in Australia and internationally, including the Countryrail Network, Oscar Trains (NSW), Saudi Landbridge project, North-South Railway (Saudi Arabia), the Bangkok MRT Red Line, Sunburry Electrification, various packages Regional Rail Link (VIC), the Port Botany International Container Terminal and RMS Stewardship Maintenance Contract (Sydney).
  • Property-related developments (including social and affordable housing) • Advising property developers, government, financiers, contractors and consultants on a number of medium/high density residential property, commercial, retail and hotel developments.
    • Sydney - Green Square, Macquarie Central, Hordern Pavilion Project, Regency Towers, the Pacific Square (Maroubra), Mariners Cove, Broadway Central, Balmain Shores, Dominion Apartments, 40 Miller Street, North Sydney, Woolworths Double Bay Development, Aero247 (Botany), Newcastle Retail Centre, the Barangaroo and Rouse Hill Regional Centre, 1 Wynyard Place
    • Melbourne - Freshwater Place, Gateway Apartments
    • Macau - Studio City, City of Dreams
    • Phillippines - Manila Bay
    • Darwin - Gateway Shopping Centre
    • Advising various community housing providers on various projects including the SAHF (Social and Affordable Housing Fund), Housing Transfer Program, Communities Plus program, NDIS and Youth Foyer Programs.
    • Major sporting stadiums (including SCG and Perth Stadium)
    • ATC – various racetracks and facilities (including car parks)
  • Energy resources projects • Advised on high profile projects, including the Gladstone LNG, Australia Pacific LNG, Wheatstone LNG and Curtis LNG projects, and Kupe gas development project (NZ).
    • Advised on various renewable energy projects including Capital Solar Farm, Darling Downs Solar Farm, Oakey and Longreach Solar Farms, Manildra Solar Farm and Hornsdale Wind Farm.
  • Major telecommunications projects Provided strategic advice on a number of high profile telecommunications projects, including the National Broadband Network, the Australia Japan Submarine Cable and the Australia Singapore Submarine Cable.
  • Mining Acted for major mining companies and contractors on a number of coal, iron ore and gold mining services and mine infrastructure development projects in New South Wales, Indonesia, Queensland, South Australia and Africa (including Mt Owen Mine, Ulan West, Mangoola, Ravensworth North, Collinsville and the Pilbera). Also completed group supply chain work for explosives and mining supplies and equipment.

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Construction/Infrastructure” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2018
  • “Leading Lawyer – Infrastructure & Project Finance” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2017
  • “He is great value for money, never gets a thing wrong and is excellent in the PPP space.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2017
  • “Leading Lawyer - Construction & Infrastructure” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2012-2016
  • “Great at all construction issues, experienced and a hard worker.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “As a qualified engineer, Andrew Chew offers considerable technical expertise and pragmatism to his construction clients....He worked with us on PPPs and other large transactions; he is great, he's always on top of things and it makes a difference that he leads the team well.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Construction and Government Contracts: Expert ” International Who’s Who Legal
  • “He is energetic, detail-focused and hard-working. He is a very safe pair of hands.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Considerable experience in the management of key construction projects” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2013
  • “He wins praise for his ability to both 'run things autonomously' and act as a 'good team member,' and dedication to achieving 'a very good turnaround.'” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2012

Andrew's Thinking

Andrew's Leadership

  • American Society of Civil Engineers Member
  • International Bar Association Member
  • Institution of Engineers, Australia Chartered Professional Engineer & Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth South Korea Focus Group Co-chair
    China, India and Japan Focus Group Member