Emanuel Confos

Co-Head of Sydney; Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Emanuel Confos

Emanuel Confos


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Emanuel Confos is a construction and projects lawyer based in Sydney. 

Emanuel is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Best Lawyers. He has over 19 years’ experience advising on all aspects of construction matters at both the 'front end' and 'back end'. Emanuel has prepared and negotiated complex construction contracts for large scale commercial and residential projects as well as in the energy, health, hospitality and mining sectors.

He also has experience in the construction of technology buildings, such as data centre facilities, and in the renewable energy space. Emanuel has drafted and negotiated contracts in the wind and solar industry in Australia and the Middle East. He has worked extensively with industry standards and he has drafted and negotiated a range of project documentation including, Engineer Procure Construct (EPC), lump sum, design and construct, guaranteed maximum price, cost plus, project management and consultant contracts.

Emanuel has extensive experience in acting for clients in large scale complex construction litigation having appeared in the High, Supreme, Federal and Land and Environment Courts. Emanuel acted for Brookfield Multiplex Construction on its landmark 7-0 appeal to the High Court of Australia (Brookfield Multiplex v Owners Corporation 61288 [2014] HCA 36).

Professional experience

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  • Brookfield Multiplex Constructions – on its landmark appeal to the High Court of Australia (Brookfield Multiplex v Owners Corporation 61288 [2014] HCA Trans 052 (18 June 2014)). Brookfield is the most significant case to come before the High Court for the construction industry in the last ten years. The case will impact how construction contracts are drafted and how construction litigation is run across Australia. The case questions whether duties in tort are owed concurrently with obligations under a commercial contract and whether a duty of care is owed by a builder to a successor in title to a commercial property.
  • Downer – advising Downer as EPC Contractor on Clare Solar Farm (100MWAC), Ross River Solar Farm (148 MWP), including in relation to the EPC, O&M and Supply Contracts and the Murra Warra Wind Farm.
  • Calvary Health Care – advising on the construction of the $250M redevelopment of the Adelaide Hospital including negotiating the D&C and AFL contracts.
  • FRV Dubai – advising FRV as developer and equipment supplier on the development of two 50MWAC solar facilities in Jordan using a split project delivery model, including drafting and negotiating the BOP, Supply and O&M Contracts, Wrap Agreement, Indemnity Agreement and Management Services Agreement.
  • Wollongong Hospital – advising on the construction of the Wollongong Hospital including drafting and negotiating the D&C and O&M contracts.
  • Commercial and Residential Construction – advising contractors and developers on the development of over $1BN commercial and residential property including the preparation of the D&C and Supply and Consultant's contracts.