Chris Ryder

Partner. Perth.

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Chris Ryder

Chris Ryder devises innovative and rapid solutions to complex, high profile construction disputes and projects.

With a reputation built on extensive experience, technical skill and unique industry insight, Chris is recognised year-after-year by industry and his peers as one of the foremost lawyers in construction.

Having advised on multi-billion dollar projects and multi-million dollar disputes, Chris’ distinctive combination of expertise and client understanding has gained the trust of industry giants such as Woodside Energy, INPEX Browse, Leighton Group, Downer Group and UGL.

Chris Ryder devises innovative and rapid solutions to complex, high profile construction disputes and projects.

With a reputation built on extensive experience, technical skill and unique industry insight, Chris is recognised year-after-year by industry and his peers as one of the foremost lawyers in construction.

Having advised on multi-billion dollar projects and multi-million dollar disputes, Chris’ distinctive combination of expertise and client understanding has gained the trust of industry giants such as Woodside Energy, INPEX Browse, Leighton Group, Downer Group and UGL.

“Extremely responsive, practical and strategic” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Chris Ryder

Chris' Expertise

  • Woodside $12 billion Pluto LNG Project Acting for Woodside Energy in managing claims arising in the course of the construction contracts (both onshore and offshore).
  • 24 billion LNG project Assisting an LNG operator in documenting and negotiating all construction and procurement packages for a large LNG project.
  • High value disputes Representing several contractors in separate but related disputes against the Commissioner of Main Roads Western Australia and several pavement designers concerning the design and construction of highways in the Perth Metropolitan area.
  • Offshore oil field dispute Representing an EPC contractor in a dispute arising from the design, construction, installation and commissioning of an oil field wellhead platform.
  • $9.7 billion iron ore development Drafting and negotiating full suite of construction and engineering contracts for $9.7 billion iron ore mine development.

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer - Construction & Infrastructure” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2011-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Alternative Dispute Resolution” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Construction/Infrastructure” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2009-2018
  • “Lawyer of the Year - Alternative Dispute Resolution - Perth ” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2017
  • “Leading Individual - Construction” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014-2018
  • “A first-class construction litigator. Not only can he identify with the client's commercial considerations, but he is also great to work with
    Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “One of the most strategic, hard-working and clear-thinking construction lawyers in Australia” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Easy to work with and has a lot of experience” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Lawyer of the Year - Construction Infrastructure - Perth” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013
  • “Extremely responsive, practical and strategic” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2013
  • “He is the best construction disputes lawyer in Australia: extremely strategic, tactical and concise.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018

Chris' Leadership

  • Construction and Infrastructure Committee Law Council of Australia (WA) Committee Member
  • Society of Construction Law Member
  • Western Australian Advisory Board - Centre for Social Impact (UWA) Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth South Korea and Japan Focus Group Member
  • Law Society of Western Australia Member