Joshua Paffey

Head of Arbitration



Joshua advises general counsels, c-suites and boards of a number of the world’s leading infrastructure and project participants. His clients include project sponsors and project participants from Australia, Korea, India, Italy, Spain and China and the Commonwealth Government of Australia, various State Governments and Government-owned corporations. He advises on company-critical disputes domestically and on cross-border disputes throughout the Asia Pacific region. Joshua often is engaged to provide strategic advice on significant transactions and on complex, high-value disputes.

Joshua lectures on international commercial arbitration at the Queensland University of Technology and is the executive director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the Chair of the ACICA Queensland State Committee. He has previously held the Secretary position at construction industry charity, the Lighthouse Club.

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.