Phillip Greenham LLB, BSc is recognised by a wide variety of eminent institutions, publications, and the legal profession itself, as one of Australia’s foremost construction lawyers.
He is one of only five practitioners in Australia invited to join the International Academy of Construction Lawyers. He is a Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters) and long-time Guest Lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
Recognition by many international industry publications include his status within the legal profession as one of the ‘Most Highly Regarded Individuals’ in the Asia-Pacific region (‘Who’s Who Legal’).
He is a founding board member of the Society of Construction Law Australia, a long-time member of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association, a long-time member of the Building Dispute Practitioners’ Society, and – for over three decades – served in Australia’s largest infrastructure and construction practice at Minter Ellison. He retired after 27 years as a Senior Partner advising industry on complex infrastructure procurements.
Phillip’s advisory subject matter has been as broad as the many and varied elements of the construction industry itself, and has been provided to an equally wide-ranging client base.
His clients have included a significant portfolio of government departments and agencies. Among his many specialist assignments, for example, been his six-month secondment to the General Counsel Division of the Defence Materiel Organisation.
One of his particular specialties is the development of procurement methodologies and contractual terms which satisfy government policy requirements, providing solid protection and meeting with the approval of central government agencies, whilst at the same time ensuring the active and enthusiastic support of the marketplace.
His work has certainly not been limited to government clientele, however, and Greenham has advised many of Australia’s largest private sector corporations – organisations like Coles Myer, Colonial First State and Grocon.
He has advised on, drafted, and negotiated contracts implementing a wide variety of procurement methodologies, including traditional construct only, design and construct contracts, Managing Contractor (MC) contracts (both traditional and enhanced), alliancing contracts, Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contracts, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), among many other formats.
He has also worked with the gamut of industry standard contracts, modified them and provided advice on the administration of those contracts. These industry standard contracts have included the suite published by Standards Australia, the GC21, the ABIC suite, the JCC suite (now redundant), the PC1, the FIDIC suite, and the suite utilised by the Commonwealth Department of Defence (including the Defence Materiel Organisation, prior to its disbandment).
Phillip focuses on identifying cost-effective solutions to business issues, providing guidance on efficient risk mitigation strategies with a “return on investment” emphasis.
Drawing on the substantial depth and breadth of his expertise and experience, he provides “cradle to grave” support, beginning with the design of procurement methodologies, on through the management of tender processes, the drafting and negotiation of contracts, support for contract administration, and dispute avoidance and resolution.