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Nick Watts



Level 10
126 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Office Telephone: +61 (0)2 9320 4600
Office Fax: +61 (0)2 9320 4666

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Nick specialises in handling commercial disputes and litigation in the areas of construction and infrastructure as well as energy and resources in Australia, and across Asia. He assists clients in the construction industry with all aspects of Project Delivery including procurement and contract negotiation at project inception and he regularly acts as project counsel. Assisting with the administration of project contracts to achieve compliance, timely payment and completion, Nick is able to draw on his litigation expertise to help clients manage and resolve disputes early in a project to avoid the expense of litigation. He has strong experience in mediation, expert determination and arbitration to support his clients in litigation when disputes do arise.

Nick has worked in top tier international, Australian and New Zealand litigation firms and has conducted complex litigation in the Australian and New Zealand Courts. He has assisted clients in a number of Inquiries and has experience in International Arbitration as well as providing domestic litigation supervision and management in Southeast Asia, particularly in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Having lived and worked in both Jakarta and Singapore Nick possesses invaluable and extensive ‘on-ground’ experience assisting clients from a diverse range of industries on the various processes and procedures for dispute resolution, as well as local regulatory and compliance issues in Indonesia.

Nick prides himself in developing close relationships with clients to understand their people, culture and businesses. He has undertaken a number of client secondments to achieve this and it is this investment and integration with client teams that has allowed him to develop and innovate tailor made solutions.

Recognised in various legal directories and listings Nick has been described by his clients as "brilliant and enthusiastic’ as well as ‘very knowledgeable and always ready to help’." Asia Pacific Legal 500.

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It's hard to look past the business opportunities presented by Australia's harbour city. A gateway for the aviation, construction and insurance sectors, Sydney is also known as a centre for finance and trade.

Investment opportunities abound and HFW's specialist lawyers provide support in major real estate developments, shipping logistics operations, key infrastructure projects and hospitality developments as well as to insurance and re-insurance majors and asset financiers.

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