Mr Philip Loots


BComm, LLB, PMD, FCIArb and Executive Negotiation Program, Harvard Business School

Philip Loots has practised exclusively as a construction lawyer for more than 40 years and is a recognised authority on construction law. In addition to writing numerous articles in this field, he has authored and co-authored a number of books including ‘Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts ‘ (CCH) and ‘Engineering and Construction Contracts and Related Issues’ (Juta & Co). He holds the position of Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia.

Philip is a Mediator, International Arbitrator and a Statutory Adjudicator in Western Australia and the Northern Territories, Australia. Philip is engaged in drafting and negotiating all forms of construction contracts and advice on all aspects of construction law including claims and disputes, and has considerable mega-project experience, including full-time involvement as in-house counsel on construction projects, (including contracts for marine structures and dredging), in the negotiations and legal department for the operator Chevron on the USD$54Bn Gorgon LNG project during the previous five years, and for four years more recently as in-house counsel for the EPC contractor Bechtel on the $37Bn Wheatstone LNG project.

Phil has a B Comm Llb and attended the PMD at Harvard Business School, and subsequently the Executive Negotiation Program at Harvard. Philip serves on the Law Council of Australia /Law Society of Australia Construction and Infrastructure Committee and was awarded the Finance Monthly Law Award for Best Contract Lawyer 2017.

Philip served on the Review Panel for the FIDIC 1999 suite of contract documents and has extensive experience in the practical application of FIDIC documents on major projects internationally.

Philip’s CV can be downloaded here.

Dr Donald Charrett



BE(Hons), LLB(Hons), MConstLaw, DipLPSE, PhD, ProfCertArb, DipIntArb, FIEAust, FCIArb

Dr Charrett is a barrister, arbitrator and mediator, practising in technology, engineering and construction disputes. Prior to joining the Victorian Bar, he was a solicitor at a large Australian law firm. His construction law briefs have included litigation, mediation, expert determination, facilitation of experts’ conferences, arbitration, Supreme Court Special References and membership of dispute boards. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the FIDIC President’s list of Adjudicators, an accredited FIDIC trainer and a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne. He was named Best Construction Law Practitioner in Australia (2016) by Business Worldwide Magazine.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as an engineer for over 30 years, including 12 years as a director of a consulting engineering firm. Dr Charrett’s 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. From 2012 to 2014 he was non-executive chairman of consulting engineering company AMOG.

Dr Charrett has published widely on legal and engineering subjects, and presented conference papers, workshops and training courses in Australia and internationally. His legal publications include articles on expert evidence, FIDIC contracts, dispute boards, dispute avoidance, contract risk, forensic engineering, contractual lessons from past projects, design and construct contracts, quantum meruit, proportionate liability, professional indemnity insurance and reinsurance. He is the author of The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects and joint author of The Application of contracts in developing offshore oil and gas projects and Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts.

Who’s Who Legal says: “Donald Charrett is internationally renowned as a leading name in the region, offering clients over 30 years of engineering experience alongside his legal expertise.”

Donald’s CV can be downloaded here.