The Team

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The Team at CMC Asia Pacific has an excellent track record in project and commercial management and the effective and successful resolution of complex issues.

We have spent our entire careers in the construction industry building a wealth of knowledge and experience that complements our legal qualifications. Not only do we have extensive knowledge of construction contracts, we have worked with and under many of the standard forms such as FIDIC, NEC, PPP, PFI, JCT, NZS and AS.

It is this experience and knowledge, gained from working with Clients, Representatives, Contractors and Subcontractors, that gives us the ability to fully understand the construction process from inception to delivery.

More importantly, to fully understand, and effectively resolve, any problem you may experience.

Raine Selles

Director

LLB(Hons) MSc Cons. Law & Arb. FFAVE(Master) FQSi MCIArb MNZIOB MNZACE

Raine has worked in the construction industry since the age of 17. She relishes the challenges it presents and has built an extremely successful career around the management and resolution of complex construction issues.

Raine spent her formative years working for private quantity surveying practices in the UK and following her gaining membership of the RICS, studied for a law degree and latterly a masters degree in Construction Law and Arbitration whilst in full time employment, and following that, membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1998.

For over 20 years, Raine has advised Clients and Contractors on best practice procurement, commercial management procedures and dispute resolution in addition to lecturing internationally on many related subjects, such as Construction legislation, Arbitration, FIDIC, NEC, NZS and other forms of contract along with commercial management, administration and dispute avoidance.

In doing so, Raine has built up a global reputation for successfully trouble shooting projects and resolving disputes without the need for formal litigation, working on many high profile, international contracts.

Raine founded CMC Asia Pacific in 2013 and, in a short time, has developed it into a professional and well-respected organisation within the region.

Specialities: Commercial and Cost Management | Project Management | Contract Administration | Contract Advice | Alternative Dispute Resolution | Adjudicator & Mediator | Expert Witness | Training

Projects: Energy, Airports, Rail, Road, Housing, Water, Nuclear, Commercial, Prison, Heritage, Marine

Steven C Evans

Director

BSc(Hons) LLB(Hons) FCIArb FAMINZ(Arb) FFAVE(Master) FRICS FCInstCES FCIOB PRI

Steven is an accomplished construction professional with almost 30 years’ experience in the industry gained initially as a quantity surveyor for a major multinational contractor, and thereafter in senior quantity surveying and commercial management positions.

Since 2003, he has specialised in contract law and now combines his extensive practical experience with legal qualifications to provide high quality, realistic and cost effective dispute resolution, commercial management and training services to a variety of clients internationally.

That practical experience encompasses a wide range of market sectors, construction types and methods, covering disciplines such as quantity surveying, commercial management, project management, claim preparation and defence, adjudication, arbitration, mediation, contract drafting and vetting and training.

Steven also has experience in estimating, planning, buying, project management, contracts management and management system design and implementation.

Steven has been a director of a well established, multi-national construction contract and commercial consultancy. With a professional team, he provided unrivalled and formidable construction and contract advice to clients in Ireland, Wales and the South West of England. As a lecturer for the training division of that organisation, Steven provided training on a variety of topics such as JCT, NEC3, Adjudication, Payment and Contract Law.

Before that Steven was quantity surveyor and, thereafter, managing surveyor for a construction company which had a turnover in excess of GBP70m. He headed the commercial department of the Wales division (with a turnover of GBP40m) and managed a team of 10 quantity surveyors. Steven gained a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in main contract and sub contract management and dispute resolution and created and implemented new company wide commercial management systems and procedures.

In 2012, Steven founded, and continues to run, a professional consultancy in the UK, Steven C Evans Ltd; in 2015 Steven moved to Australia and joined CMC Asia Pacific to assist in its expansion throughout Asia Pacific.

Steven is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow (Arb) of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, a Fellow (Master) of the Association of Forensic and Advanced Valuation Executives (AFAVE), a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (and country representative for Australia) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. Steven is also a member of the Society of Construction Law and a Professional Member of the Resolution Institute in Australia.

“I was born in Wales in the UK, where I spent the majority of my life and career, before marrying an Aussie girl and emigrating to Australia with our two ‘Welshtralian’ boys.”

Specialities: Commercial and Cost Management | Project Management | Dispute Avoidance | Contract Advice | Dispute Management and Preparation | Claim Preparation and Defence (quantum and time) | Expert Witness | Adjudication | Mediation | Contract Advice, Drafting and Vetting | Training

Projects: Housing; Commercial; Refurbishment; Education; Retail; Equine; Infrastructure; Tunnelling; Water Treatment; Health; Transport; Leisure.

The Hon. Peter Vickery QC

Associate

Mr Vickery needs little introduction; he is the founding patron of the Society of Construction Law here in Australia and has served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, developing the Technology Engineering and Construction List. Mr Vickery shares our passion for collaborative contracting to improve project outcomes.

Mr Vickery

  • studied law at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1972 (LLB)

  • subsequently graduated from the University of London (Kings College) with a Master of Laws degree (LLM)

  • undertook articles at Madden Butler Elder & Graham (now the global law firm – Norton Rose Fulbright) between 1972-1973, and was admitted to practice in Victoria in 1973

  • commenced practice as a Barrister in 1978 and was appointed Senior Counsel (QC) in 1995

  • appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2008 and retired in 2018 after serving 10 years on the bench

  • established and managed the Technology, Engineering and Construction List of the Supreme Court of Victoria (the TEC List)

  • appointed as the inaugural Patron of the Society of Construction Law (Australia) (SoCLA)

  • 40 years + experience in arbitration and litigation in numbers of complex construction cases, including: Highway construction (Bass Highway, Tasmania); Airport construction (Qantas domestic terminal, Tullamarine, Melbourne); Polyester plant construction (Campbellfield, Victoria); Gaol architecture and construction (Laverton, Victoria); Dam construction supporting electric power generation (Yallourn, Victoria); Co-generation power plant construction (Melbourne); Natural gas pipeline construction (Queensland); De-salination plant construction (South Australia); and Submarine construction and engineering (Collins Class submarine base, Adelaide)

  • 40 years + experience in litigation in numbers of complex commercial cases, including: the Pyramid Building Society litigation; the Ying Mui Malaysian property investment in Australia; the Amcor litigation; and proceedings arising from the Max Green taxation fraud and the National Safety Council fraud

  • upon retirement from the Supreme Court, he now works as an Arbitrator, court appointed Referee, DRB Panellist, Mediator, ENE Evaluator, and provides Expert Determinations, specialising in Commercial, and Technology Engineering and Construction, and Intellectual Property disputes

  • in May 2019 appointed as a lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), in the subject ‘Law and Technology’

  • his focus as a Judge in litigation, and in alternative dispute resolution, has been and is to produce a binding outcome in the most efficient manner possible, to minimise cost and delay

Andy Alagappan

Associate

BE(Hons) MDes

Andy is an astute planner, with over 10 years of experience in diverse industries such as Construction, Oil & Gas, Iron / Steel Mfg & Baggage Handling Systems. A data and process driven, strategic thinker with strong leadership skills and good Commercial Acumen.

Andy is the backbone of our planning and programming services.

 

Contact Us

New Zealand Office

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Phone: +64 (0)9 363 3749
Email: raine.selles@cmcasiapacific.com
Address:
 Level 26, PWC Tower, 188 Quay Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Australia Office

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Phone: +61 (0)7 3053 5012
Email: steven.evans@cmcasiapacific.com
Address: Level 22, 127 Creek Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia