Joseph Barbaro

Partner. Melbourne.

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Joseph Barbaro

As a specialist construction and projects lawyer, Joseph stands out for his ability to see the bigger picture.

Whether he’s advising on implementing billion-dollar projects, resolving complex disputes or acting for bidding consortiums, Joseph’s experience in all aspects of the project procurement cycle gives him keen insight of the practical issues facing clients during the implementation of large and complex projects - a skill that proves invaluable especially during the tender and project documentation phase.

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As a specialist construction and projects lawyer, Joseph stands out for his ability to see the bigger picture.

Whether he’s advising on implementing billion-dollar projects, resolving complex disputes or acting for bidding consortiums, Joseph’s experience in all aspects of the project procurement cycle gives him keen insight of the practical issues facing clients during the implementation of large and complex projects - a skill that proves invaluable especially during the tender and project documentation phase.

Joseph has applied his skills and commitment to deliver for commercial and government clients in a range of sectors including energy, health, property, transport, resources and water.

“Builds a solid relationship with the client and delivers” SA Water
Joseph Barbaro

Joseph's Expertise

  • $4.3 billion Victorian Desalination Plant Project Acting for Department of Sustainability and Environment - drafting and negotiating project documentation and electricity procurement arrangements.
  • $1.8 billion Adelaide Desalination Project Acting for South Australia Water Corporation and Crown Solicitors - drafting and negotiating project documentation and advising on contract/claims management.
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre PPP development Acting for the bidding consortium of this major project.
  • Peninsula Link Freeway Project Acted for the bidding consortium for this major infrastructure development.
  • Roll-out of the Adelaide Solar Cities Project Acting for BP Solar in relation to roll-out - supply and installation - of the solar cities project.
  • International arbitration and Supreme Court disputes relating to Puffin Oil Fields Acting for AED Oil - and its joint venture with a subsidiary of Sinopec International Petroleum and Exploration Corporation (China) - in relation to offshore oil activities (FPSO) and substantial disputes with the Rubicon Offshore Group.
  • Arbitration - BassGas Project Acted for Clough Engineering in relation to the $750m BassGas project with Origin Energy in Victoria, including “stop clock” arbitration involving in excess of $250m in claims.

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer – Construction/Infrastructure Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2018
  • “ Best Lawyer - Water Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2018
  • “Joe has clearly demonstrated his leadership qualities...and continues to provide a high level of service and valued legal advice. [He] is one of the very few people you meet on large projects, who naturally engenders and builds a solid relationship with the client and delivers on expectations.” Mauro Farinola, SA Water, Deputy Project Director - Adelaide Desalination Project

Joseph's Thinking

Joseph's Leadership

  • Society of Construction Law Australia Member
  • Building Dispute Practitioners’ Society Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth North America Focus Group Member
  • Law Institute of Victoria Member