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Urban Lawyers Pty Ltd
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MELBOURNE, VICTORIA 3000

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The Jewel Business Centre, Suite 208, 566 Saint Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC, 3004
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+61 419 216 130

Urban Lawyers provides legal counsel and representation to individuals, construction professionals, law firms and other entities. We offer private practice and in-house legal services. 

We deliver a range of legal services including advocacy, arbitration, contract law, debt recovery, dispute resolution, Home Warranty claimsSecurity of Payment advice, tribunal hearings and more. 

Chris Moshidis, Director

Chris practises as a lawyer and barrister in both Australia and formerly the United Arab Emirates. Chris has been a construction, property and commercial lawyer since 1998. He has worked on grand scale and iconic projects and represented government and private developers and contractors in some of the largest arbitrations in the world at ICSID, LCIA, ICC, DIAC and DIFC-LCIA.  Chris is a trained advocate having spent three years practising as a Barrister and can appear for clients in all courts and tribunals. 

About

Chris Moshidis, Director

Chris practises as a lawyer and barrister in both Australia and formerly the United Arab Emirates. Chris has been a construction, property and commercial lawyer since 1998. He has worked on grand scale and iconic projects and represented government and private developers and contractors in some of the largest arbitrations in the world at ICSID, LCIA, ICC, DIAC and DIFC-LCIA.  Chris is a trained advocate having spent three years practising as a Barrister and can appear for clients in all courts and tribunals. 

About

Chris Moshidis, Director and Principal

Chris has more than 20 years of experience practicing as a lawyer in Australia and the United Arab Emirates in both private practice and in house. Chris has been a construction, property and commercial lawyer since 1998.  He has worked on grand scale and iconic projects and represented government and private developers and contractors in some of the largest arbitrations in the world at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investor Disputes in Washington (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Court of Chamber and Commerce (ICC), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Dubai International Financial Centre-London Court of International Arbitration (DIFC-LCIA). 

Chris has been General Counsel of Charles Lloyd Property Group, a significant property developer based in Melbourne, and its associated entities since 2015 and provides legal advice and representation in relation to all aspects of Charles Lloyd’s property development activities in Victoria and throughout Australia.

Chris was formerly General Counsel and Company Secretary of Musanada, a large government developer in Abu Dhabi, and Director of Group Legal at Dubai Properties Group, a large government developer, in which he led the construction and international arbitration department.  Chris was also a Senior Associate with Pinsent Masons in Dubai, an international law firm with offices throughout the world. Chris is a trained advocate having spent three years practicing as a Barrister and can appear for clients in all courts and tribunals. 

Chris advises and represents contractors, subcontractors, construction professionals, property developers, corporations, government entities, home owners and insurers.  He has extensive experience in construction law, dispute resolution, arbitration, adjudication, litigation, property law and commercial law and VCAT proceedings.  Chris also consults to other law firms and provides in house legal services.

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EXPERIENCE

Australia

Chris has extensive experience in commercial litigation and domestic building disputes as well commercial and property matters. He represents property-owners, developers, builders, contractors, subcontractors and insurers at VCAT.  Chris is currently consulting to Charles Lloyd Property Group, a subdivisional, apartment and commercial developer, as in house Legal Counsel on various projects and prepares all types of commercial, property and construction related agreements.  Chris has previously consulted to Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Orbit Legal and has completed various assignments including in house with Australia Post and with Corrs on a large ICC Arbitration with respect to the design and construction of a gas pipeline in Queensland. 

Chris has also presented seminars to clients and masters students on various topics including dispute resolution and arbitration in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East, in relation to tendering, contracting, recurring contractual issues, lessons learnt from the global financial crisis, Australian standard form constructions contracts and global perspectives on construction law.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law

  • Property Law

  • Commercial Law

  • Insurance Law

  • Building Disputes

  • Owners Corporations

  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation

  • Arbitration

  • International Arbitration

Memberships

  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria

  • Member of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society Inc.

  • Member of the Society of Construction Law Australia

Qualifications and Certifications

  • LL.B (Melb)

  • BA (Melb) 

Please see examples of Chris' experience below:

  • Nespresso Coffee Machines - Represented a distributor in relation to a dispute concerning Nespresso Vending Machines.

  • Queensland Gas Pipeline ICC Arbitration - Represented a developer in relation to various claims by the main contractor for more than AUS $1 billion arising from the design and construction a gas pipeline in Queensland.

  • Epping Residential Apartments - Prepared a design and build contract based on AS 4300 1995 with respect to the development of 29 apartments in Epping.

  • Building Appeals Board - Successfully represented a builder before the Building Appeals Board with respect to various charges that had been brought against him.

  • Basslink Hydro Infrastructure Project – Advised the Project Inspector in relation to his contractual obligations and the certification of various milestones.

  • Residential Development, Geelong – Represented a subcontractor which specialises in piling foundation systems in its defence of a claim by the Employer under a novated contract for additional costs arising from the alleged failure of the piling retaining wall.

  • Queen Victoria Building Redevelopment – Advised the purchaser of one of the floors in relation to a claim for defective works.

  • Whitten Oval – Advised the Western Bulldogs in relation to the redevelopment of the historic Witten Oval.

  • Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield – Advised a contractor in relation to a claim for defects with respect to the grandstand.

  • Multi Storey Office Complex, Glen Waverley – Advised and negotiated various amendments on behalf of the developer with respect to the proposed AS 4300 1995 design and construct contract.

Middle East and Asia

During his time in the Middle East, Chris was the head of legal for two large government-owned developers. His work covered all aspects of international construction and engineering law, property and commercial matters.  Chris has also worked on iconic projects in Asia. Please see examples below:

  • Marina Sands, Singapore - representing a lead consultant in relation to the redevelopment of the iconic Marina Sands including preparing sub-consultancy agreements.

  • Tijara Town, Dubai – successfully managed and settled a DIAC Arbitration on behalf of a developer in relation to a claim by a main contractor for US$ 350 million arising from the alleged wrongful omission of 66 buildings and for amounts allegedly due under a price escalation agreement.

  • Tijara Town, Dubai – successfully managed and settled a DIAC Arbitration on behalf of a developer in relation to a claim by a main contractor for US$130 million arising from the alleged wrongful termination of the construction contract under clause 66.1 of the contract (based on the FIDIC Red Book 87).

  • Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai – represented a developer with respect to a bespoke adjudication with respect to a claim by a main contractor for $US 70 million for extensions of time, prolongation costs and variations.

  • Amwaj, Morocco – advised a developer with respect to commencing arbitration proceedings against the Government of Morocco at ICSID for $US 500 million arising from the expropriation of the project.

  • Jumeirah Beach Residence Hotel, Dubai – advising and managing a developer with respect to a claim brought by a purchaser of a hotel for defects arising from the failure of the waterproofing in the bathrooms and the podium bridge.

  • Lagoons Project, Dubai – successfully managed and settled an LCIA arbitration on behalf of a developer in relation to a claim brought by an international consultant.

  • The Heights, Jordan – represented a developer in a bespoke adjudication in relation to various claims by the main contractor arising from the suspension of the project including appearing as the advocate in all of the hearings and preparing all of the pleadings.

  • General – reviewed, drafted and negotiated numerous construction contracts based on the various FIDIC standards, sale and purchase agreements, settlement agreements and commercial agreements. For example, the design and build contract with respect to five electrical substations in Dubai. Advised in relation to all types of issues including extension of time claims, claims for prolongation costs, claims arising from defective works, the levying of liquidated damages for late completion, the right to suspend and/or terminate a contract and the encashment of a performance bond.


Nola Moshidis, Practice Manager

Nola was formerly a Senior Associate with Clayton Utz with over 10 years of experience, working on a number of large arbitrations in the major projects department. Nola represented Anaconda in a dispute with the contractor in relation to the design and construction of the Murrin Murrin nickel mine in Western Australia. Nola also represented Origin with respect to various claims for defects and delay against the contractor arising from the Bass Gass Project. Nola is the practice manager of the firm and manages all aspects of the firm's activities.

Qualifications

  • BA (Monash University)

  • LL.B (Monash University)


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Jack Fry, Solicitor

Jack is a practical, results driven lawyer who has advised and represented his clients on a broad range of property and commercial law matters. Since his admission in February 2018, Jack has applied his understanding of relevant construction industry factors to complexities arising from residential developments, staged subdivisions and planning disputes. Jack is currently undertaking a Master of Government Law and Regulatory Practice at Monash University.

Memberships

  • Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association

  • Building Dispute Practitioners' Society

  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law

  • Property Law

  • Commercial Law

  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Qualifications and Certifications

  • LL.B (La Trobe University)

  • GradDipLegPrac (College of Law)


Eleanor Hall, Solicitor

Eleanor commenced with Urban Lawyers in May 2018 and has worked on a broad range of matters including building, property and commercial disputes, preparation of construction contracts and agreements and general commercial matters.

Memberships

  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law

  • Property Law

  • Commercial Law

  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Qualifications and Certifications

  • BA, LL.B (Monash University)

  • GradDipLegPrac (College of Law)


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Theo Efthymiou, Solicitor

Theo commenced with Urban Lawyers in April 2019 as a graduate and was admitted as a Solicitor in October 2019. Theo has previously undertaken both clerkship and paralegal work in construction law, working on both transactional and litigious matters.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law

  • Property Law

  • Commercial Law

  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Qualifications and Certifications

  • BA (The University of Melbourne),

  • JD (Monash University)

  • GradDipLegPrac (College of Law)


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Rebecca Cardamone, Legal Assistant

Rebecca is currently studying the Juris Doctor at Monash University. She has a Bachelor of Communication (RMIT) and an Advanced Diploma in Building Design (RMIT). She has extensive media and communication experience in the property, legal and retail industries and has most recently worked as a building designer on residential and commercial developments.

Qualifications and Certifications 

- Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations), RMIT University

- Advanced Diploma in Building Design (Architectural), RMIT University

 

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