Joshua Paffey




Joshua specialises in the energy and resources sector. He advises on energy transition projects, significant mining, oil and gas projects (internationally and domestically) and complex commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Joshua leads teams advising owners and operators on the delivery of several of Australia’s largest energy and resources projects, including renewables, transmission, generation, mining and oil and gas projects. He also advises international trading companies and Government-owned corporations in the energy and resources sector.

Regarding disputes, he advises public and private companies headquartered both internationally and in Australia on domestic litigation and cross-border international arbitration. This includes arbitrations seated outside of Australia concerning transactions unrelated to Australia.

Joshua is an Executive Director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and has lectured to university students regarding commercial disputes and international arbitration.

Key deals

High-Profile Light Rail Project

Advised the operating company on complex, highly-publicised disputes relating to the design and construction of this multi-billion dollar infrastructure.

Commodity pricing arbitration

Advising on a large, complex cross-border investment and pricing arbitration involving one of the world’s largest commodity producers and traders. The arbitration was seated in Singapore and governed by the SIAC.

Indonesian Power Plants

Advised the Korean EPC contractor on three international arbitrations arising out of the construction of coal-fired power plants in Indonesia. The UNCITRAL rules applied and the arbitration was seated in Singapore.

UK Engineering Arbitration

Advised a UK-based, world-renowned engineering company on a significant arbitration seated in Belgium. The ICC rules applied.

Philippines Biofuel Plant

Advising a publicly-listed Asia-based EPC company on a complex arbitration arising out of the engineering and construction of a large biofuel facility in the Philippines. The arbitration is seated in Singapore and governed by the SIAC rules.

Papua New Guinea Arbitration

Advised a client on an arbitration arising out of two projects being delivered in PNG. The arbitration was governed by the UNCITRAL rules.


Advised APLNG, the Project and Op Co delivering this A$35 billion CSG to LNG project, on a number of significant disputes against contractors.

Solar Projects

Advised the sponsors and EPC contractors on the delivery of multiple large solar farm projects, and on several large disputes arising out of those projects.

Waste-to-Energy Projects

Advised several EPC contractors on the delivery of and disputes arising out of waste-to-energy facilities.