Pinsent Masons advises on New South Wales bushfire relief project

Multinational professional services firm Pinsent Masons is advising Laing O’Rourke on the first phase of recovery clean-up works following recent bushfires across New South Wales (NSW).

The NSW Government has selected Laing O’Rourke Australia as the lead contractor to undertake the clean-up of residential and commercial properties destroyed by the recent bushfires across the state. The construction and engineering specialist is currently engaging with the community regarding plans to deliver the project as promptly as possible.

The contract was announced in conjunction with an agreement reached by the federal and state governments to split the costs of the NSW clean-up, which are expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Pinsent Masons advised Laing O’Rourke on the contract arrangements with the NSW Government. The Pinsent Masons team was led by partner Anthony Arrow and special counsel Katie Joukadjian.

Anthony Arrow says: “We are proud to have supported Laing O’Rourke with what is a vitally important project for the people of NSW impacted by the devastating bushfires. Given the crucial nature of the work, these arrangements were concluded at a rapid pace. Our team worked collaboratively with the State of New South Wales to agree contractual terms in record-breaking time, consistent with the urgency of providing this much needed support to impacted property owners as soon as possible.”

Pinsent Masons is also supporting Save the Children Australia via a donation to its response to the bushfires, and encouraging colleagues to seek out opportunities to help with relief and recovery efforts, either through hands-on voluntary activities or pro bono work.