The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects

Dr Donald Charrett

Congratulations to our panellist Dr Donald Charrett for the publication of his new book "The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects".

This book provides unique and invaluable guidance on the role of contracts in construction and engineering projects. The 32 chapters cover the following key topics:

  • the engineer and the contract;
  • the project and the contract;
  • avoidance and resolution of disputes;
  • forensic engineers and expert witnesses; and
  • international construction projects.
The book also includes numerous case studies to illustrate the importance of getting the contract right before it is entered into and the consequences that may ensue if this is not done.

The book is aimed at construction professionals, lawyers, and students of construction law.

It is available in paperback or soft copy through Amazon or Routledge.

Dr Charrett practises as a barrister in building and engineering disputes, and is accredited as an Arbitrator and Mediator by the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. His career in construction law has included litigation, mediation, expert determination, facilitation of an experts’ conference and arbitration of construction disputes.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dr Charrett worked as an engineer for over 30 years, including 12 years as a director of a multidisciplinary consulting engineer. His engineering experience included computer applications, structural design, managing engineering projects, acting as an expert witness, and management roles in contract negotiation and administration, insurance, international joint ventures and corporate restructuring. In 2010 he was appointed a Non Executive Director of AMOG Consulting, a consulting engineering company which provides high technology specialist services to a range of resource and defence clients around the world.

Dr Charrett has published widely in Australian and international journals, and presented papers at engineering and legal conferences, seminars and the Melbourne University Master of Construction Law course. His legal publications include articles on the avoidance of disputes, contractual lessons from past projects, design and construct contracts, quantum meruit, solidary liability, professional indemnity insurance, reinsurance and Dispute Boards. He is a joint author with Philip Loots of the book “Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts”.

Dr Charrett is a Founding Member and on the Executive Committee of the Society of Construction Law Australia, and the Chairman of the Conferences Subcommittee. He is the Victorian representative on the Dispute Resolution Board of Australasia Inc committee. He is an accredited FIDIC trainer, and has given presentations at FIDIC training courses, workshops and conferences.

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