Julian Mellick is a partner in the construction and engineering team. He has more than 13 years' experience finding legal solutions to assist his clients to achieve their goals. His clients include government, principal, contractor, consultant and supplier entities.

Julian's practice covers projects in the Asia Pacific and Australia, focusing on:

  • projects - preparing, negotiating, administering and advising on project documentation to help deliver projects on time and to budget, make complex projects simpler and easier to administer, and address commercial risks and opportunities  
  • disputes - using legal strategies and tools to avoid, minimise and resolve conflict, including via project documentation and structuring, alternative dispute resolution, claims management, litigation, adjudication under SOP legislation, statutory liability defences and insurance
  • compliance - providing workshops, training, tools and updates to help clients comply with legal requirements and to implement appropriate quality controls, both in their day-to-day activities and their special ventures, particularly in regard to directors' and officers' liability and statutory compliance 
  • best practice - identifying, implementing and monitoring legal solutions to assist clients (and their directors and officers, in-house counsel and commercial managers) to increase productivity, decrease spend, eliminate problems and simplify tasks 
Recent projects include:
  • defending a foreign government in an arbitration concerning a World Bank funded bridge
  • partnering with a government energy generator to prepare their pro-forma upgrade contracts
  • advising a ministerial holding corporation and NSW treasury officials in regard to works on Australia's largest power station
  • acting for an EPC contractor in an arbitration involving one of the largest iron ore mines in the world
  • acting for one of the world's largest suppliers on disputes concerning a New Zealand construction project
  • drafting contract documentation for an ASX listed EPC about TfNSW traction power upgrade projects
  • reviewing/drafting gas supply and thermal energy supply agreements for energy generation facilities
  • advising architects on their contract terms for part of the $2 billion Frasers Central Park commercial/residential urban development

Julian is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (since 2004) and the High Court of Australia. He joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2007 and holds degrees in law and advanced science (pure mathematics) from Sydney University. 

Julian is recognised in the 2016 edition of Doyle's Guide as a Rising Star in Australian construction and infrastructure, and is listed in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 and 2023 for his expertise in construction. He is also co-author of a textbook on contract law (Mellick, J, Newlyn D, 2015, Contract Law, LexisNexis Butterworths).

  • Law Society of NSW
  • AMPLA - The Resources and Energy Law Association
  • Society of Construction Law Australia
  • Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators of Australia