Christopher Horsfall




Chris has a practice in construction dispute resolution, and particular experience in the litigation and arbitration of complex engineering disputes.

With qualifications in both engineering and law, Chris has international experience in both fields, having worked for design engineering consultancies in Australia and the United Kingdom before making the move to commercial law.

He has advised on a range of significant infrastructure and development projects including the Adelaide Desalination Plant, San Diego SR125 Toll Road Project, Roaring 40s’ Studland Bay Wind Farm and Origin Energy’s BassGas Project.

Key deals

WA LNG Project

Acting for major a Australian contractor in relation to disputes arising out of the construction of a major Western Australian LNG production and export project.

Other energy projects

Acted for the owner (Origin Energy) of the BassGas natural gas extraction and processing facility in Victoria in a dispute with its main design and construct contractor. Chris also acted for the main contractor of the Telfer Gas Pipeline Project (McConnell Dowell) in Port Hedland WA, in a A$40 million dispute with the project's principal.

Infrastructure projects

Acted as main design and construct contractor (McConnell Dowell Lend Lease joint venture) on claims and disputes arising out of the A$1.8 billion Adelaide Desalination Plant project.

Rail and Road projects

Acted for the main consultant in relation to disputes with the design consultants in relation to the Epping to Thornleigh Third Track rail project in NSW. Also acted for the owner and operator of the SR 125 toll road project in San Diego, California, in a US$700 million multi-jurisdictional dispute with its construction contractor. Also continues to advise VicRoads regarding ongoing operation of toll road concession deed for the Eastlink Project.