Name: Doug Jones AO RFD
Firm Name: Clayton Utz
Country: Australia
Expertise: Infrastructure Law

Telephone: +61 2 9353 4120
Fax: +61 2 8220 6700
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

Doug Jones is an internationally recognised infrastructure and dispute resolution lawyer. Acting for owners (both government and private sector), financiers, contractors, consultants and subcontractors.

Doug has advised extensively on project structuring and financing, contract drafting and advice during project implementation and dispute resolution for major infrastructure matters, including Department of Defence facilities and equipment acquisitions, airports, ports, roads and rail projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and USA.

Doug has devised innovative ways of successfully bidding for and closing PPP and PFI project delivery in Australasia and internationally. Doug also has extensive experience as arbitrator and counsel in international and domestic arbitrations, and has also been regularly involved in the use of ADR including mediation in construction industry disputes.


Doug was awarded the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Law Awards.

In June 2012 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Doug was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, to policy reform, and to national and international professional organisations.

Asia Pacific Legal 500: ranks Doug Jones as a leading individual in Dispute Resolution (2014).

Chambers Asia-Pacific: Doug has been recognised as a star individual in Australia in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Doug is 1 of only 2 construction lawyers in Australia to receive this endorsement in 2014. He also received this endorsement in the arbitration category in 2011 and was of only five individuals in Australia to receive this notation.

2012: In addition to his star individual ranking in the construction category, Doug was recognised as one of the most in-demand arbitrators and received a band one ranking in the International Arbitration Category. He was also ranked in the projects category and was ranked band one for dispute resolution (arbitration) in Australia.

2011: In addition to his star individual ranking in both the construction and arbitration categories, Doug received a band one ranking and was recognised as “most in demand arbitrator” in the international arbitration category in the Asia-Pacific region. He also received a band 1 ranking in dispute resolution (arbitration) in Australia.

Best Lawyers Australia: Doug has been consistently voted by peers as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers in the following categories:

– Alternative Dispute Resolution (2008-2018)
– Construction / Infrastructure (2008-2018)
– Transportation (2008-2018)
– International Arbitration (2013-2018)
– Lawyer of the Year, International Arbitration (2015-2018)
– Lawyer of the Year, Construction / Infrastructure (2014)
– Lawyer of the Year, Transportation (2011)

Doyle’s Guide: Leading lawyer in Construction and Infrastructure – Back End (2017).

PLC Which Lawyer: Doug is currently endorsed in the categories of construction and dispute resolution (international arbitration) (2011). In 2010 he was ranked sole Leading Lawyer in Australia.

APL500: Doug is recognised as a leading individual in Construction (2011).

IFLR 1000: Doug is ranked as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Project Finance (2011).

Who’s Who Legal:

– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who Legal (Construction) as Lawyer of the Year in 2012 and 2013
– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers (2011-2013)
– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers (2011-2013)
– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration (2011-2013)
– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who of Commercial Litigation (2013)

In 1999, Doug was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, recognising 30 years’ contribution in those areas.


Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland (1972)
Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland (1974)
Master of Laws, University of Queensland (1977)

Admitted To Practice:

Admitted to practice in most States of Australia and New Zealand.