Donald Charrett is a Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator and Dispute Board Member practising in building and engineering disputes, arbitration/mediation/expert determination, construction law, commercial law, contract law and professional negligence. He was named as Best Construction Law Practitioner, Australia - 2016 by Business Worldwide magazine and is a Who's Who Legal Thought Leader - Construction 2019.
Before signing the Victorian bar roll, Donald was a solicitor in the construction group at Mallesons Stephen Jaques.
His prior experience as a consulting engineer for over 20 years included 12 years as a director of a highly respected consulting practice. In addition to managing engineering projects, he had management roles in contract negotiation and administration, professional indemnity insurance, international joint ventures, overseas projects, and corporate restructuring. He has acted as an expert witness because of his specialised knowledge of structural engineering. Since admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Donald has been engaged as a solicitor and barrister in a range of complex construction disputes including Supreme and County Court litigation, mediation, expert assisted determination and arbitration (including stop clock arbitration), as well as domestic building disputes in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. These disputes involved contractual issues, professional negligence, defects, variations, time and programming issues, quantum of claims, security of payment and professional indemnity and contract works insurance.
Donald has been engaged as an arbitrator, mediator, as a facilitator of joint experts’ conferences, as expert in contractual disputes and a member/Chair of one and three person Dispute Boards. He also has experience in the use of computer database technology for managing large volumes of court documents and preparations for a full electronic trial.
Donald has a Master of Construction Law, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a qualified mediator and a member of the FIDIC President's List of Adjudicators. He has published a number of papers in legal and engineering journals and presented papers at conferences and seminars. His legal publications include articles on resolution of construction disputes, economic duress, FIDIC contracts, Dispute Boards, expert evidence, lay evidence, the avoidance of disputes, contractual lessons from past projects, design and construct contracts, quantum meruit, solidary liability, professional indemnity insurance and reinsurance. He is a joint author of the books "The Application of Contracts in Developing Oil and Gas Projects" and "Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts".
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BE (Hons); LLB (Hons); MConst Law; PhD; Prof. Cert. in Arb; Grad Dip LPSE; Dip Company Director’s Course, Diploma in International Arbitration.
Memberof Victorian Bar; Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member FIDIC President’s List of Adjudicators; Accredited FIDIC Trainer; Member FIDIC Contracts Committee Task Group 15 (Principal Drafter); Member FIDIC Body of Adjudicators; Member Dispute Resolution Board Australasia Inc; Fellow Institution of Engineers Australia; Founding Member Society of Construction Law Australia.
Named as Best Construction Law Practitioner, Australia 2016 by Business Worldwide magazine.
2004 – Present: Victorian Bar
Barrister, Arbitrator and Mediator practising in building and engineering disputes, arbitration/mediation, construction law, commercial law, contract law, insurance law and professional negligence. Briefs have included:
Delivery of conference papers, seminars and training courses on EPC, FIDIC contracts, Dispute Boards et al in Indonesia, Korea, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Brazil, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Ireland, England, New Zealand and Australia.
2012- 2014: AMOG Pty Ltd Non-Executive Chairman 2010 – 2011: Non-Executive Director.
AMOGis a consulting engineering firm that provides a broad range of specialist services to the offshore oil and gas, mining, process and defence sectors, marine construction companies and government organisations in high technology niche areas, with particular expertise in structural engineering and expert witness work. It has offices in Melbourne, Perth, Houston USA and Colombia.
2000 - 2004: Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Lawyers)
Solicitor in Construction Group, acting in Supreme Court litigation, mediation, expert determination and arbitration of construction disputes, including:
1998 - 2000 - Charrett Consulting Pty Ltd
Expert witness in litigation on large light towers: preparation of reports on design process and review of structural design and construction issues.
1995 - 1998 - Hardcastle & Richards - A Division of Dames & Moore
Senior Principal, Commercial Manager:
1974 - 1995: Hardcastle & Richards Pty Ltd - Consulting Engineers
Director: 1985 - 1995; Associate Director: 1980-1985; Executive Engineer: 1974 – 1980:
1970 - 1974: Irwin Johnston & Partners Pty Ltd - Consulting Engineers
DesignEngineer; Senior Engineer:
1967 - 1969: Monash University - Department of Civil Engineering
Author of: “The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects” (2018, Routledge).
Joint author with Philip Loots: “Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts” (2009, CCH).
Editor of “Global Challenges, Shared Solutions” (2013, Society of Construction Law Australia).
Author/joint author of five papers on engineering projects and ten papers on engineering science.
Presentation at conferences, seminars, workshops and training courses in Australia and internationally, including the following topics:
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation (Victoria