The Application of Contracts in Developing Offshore

Oil and Gas Projects

Phillip Loots & Dr Donald Charrett

2019 Informa Law by Routledge  –    362 Pages

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key aspects and contracts involved in the process of developing oil and gas projects, with an emphasis on offshore developments.

Project development in oil and gas carries with it numerous unique risks and challenges. By identifying and managing risk through the various contract stages, each stage of the project is seen in perspective and therefore gives readers a better understanding of how that stage was arrived at and what is expected to come later. To do this, the authors use illustrative international case studies from past and current projects, thereby deepening the reader’s understanding and awareness of risk from practical experience, as well as suggesting answers for those who are involved in developing oil and gas projects.

The Application of Contracts in Developing Offshore Oil and Gas Projects is intended for project owners, project managers, contractors, finance managers, commercial managers and lawyers who seek to understand the subject from a practical point of view.

The book can be ordered from Routledge as an e-book, or in hard copy format:

Review by the Honourable Justice Digby


The International Application of FIDIC Contracts – A Practical Guide

Dr Donald Charrett (Editor)

2019 Informa Law by Routledge  –    368 Pages

FIDIC contracts are the most widely used contracts for international construction around the world and are used in many different jurisdictions, both common law and civil law. For any construction project, the General Conditions of Contract published by FIDIC need to be supplemented by Particular Conditions that specify the specific requirements of that project.

The International Application of FIDIC Contracts: A Practical Guide provides readers with detailed guidance and resources for the preparation of the Particular Conditions that will comply with the requirements of the applicable laws that apply to the site where the work is carried out, and for the governing law of the contract, for a number of the jurisdictions in which FIDIC contracts are used.

This book is essential reading for construction professionals, lawyers and students of construction law.

The book can be ordered from Routledge as an e-book, or in hard copy format:


The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects

Dr Donald Charrett

2018 Informa Law by Routledge  –    424 Pages

Written by an engineer and construction lawyer with many years of experience, The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects provides unique and invaluable guidance on the role of contracts in construction and engineering projects. Compiling papers written and edited by the author, it draws together a lifetime of lessons learned in these fields and covers the topics a practicing professional might encounter in such a project, developed in bite-sized chunks.

Key topics included are:

– the engineer and the contract;
– the project and the contract;
– avoidance and resolution of disputes;
– forensic engineers and expert witnesses; and
– international construction contracts.

The inclusion of numerous case studies to illustrate the importance of getting the contract right before it is entered into, and the consequences that may ensue if this is not done, makes The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects essential reading for construction professionals, lawyers and students of construction law.

The book can be ordered from Routledge as an e-book, or in hard copy format:

Book Review in International Construction Law Review 2019

Review by Jaclyn Masters (Director, Society of Construction Law Australia)

Book Review in Civil Engineering Surveyor October 2018

Book Review in Australian Construction Law Newsletter November/December 2018


Global Challenges Shared Solutions

Dr Donald Charrett (Editor)

2013 Informa Law by Routledge       429 Pages

The theme Global challenges, shared solutions was chosen for the Fourth International Construction Law Conference to encapsulate the idea that, despite the differences between jurisdictions, and between the common law and civil law, the underlying principles of construction law are essentially the same around the world. Thus, the lessons learned from different approaches in other countries are of real interest and have application in other jurisdictions and systems. The papers in this book were written and presented by eminent international construction law practitioners, and have continuing value
as a reference on the international practice of construction law. This book of the papers presented at the international conference in Melbourne, Australia in May 2012 was prepared to ensure that the work of the learned authors is available to a wider audience than those who attended the conference.

The book can be ordered from the Society of Construction Law Australia as an e-book, or in “print on demand” hard copy format (hard or soft cover):

Book review in Construction Law International

Book review in Australian Construction Law News


Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts (2009)

Philip Loots & Dr Donald Charrett

458 Pages, published by CCH Australia

This book is intended to provide a concise but accurate guide to the law relating to construction contracts in Australia as at 2009. It is intended for the use of engineers (and others) who are involved in the negotiation and administration of construction contracts, to enable them to understand the risks involved, and how to minimise them. The principles of construction law outlined in this book apply to small construction contracts as well as very large contracts for which the contract sum may be in the billions of dollars. It is not intended to cover every relevant topic in detail, as there are already comprehensive and well-regarded books on construction law in Australia and for the common law world. Accordingly a list of references is provided for those readers who require more in-depth information on specific topics.

The focus of this book is on construction contracts entered into by commercial organisations operating in a business environment. The law generally assumes that such parties are of equal bargaining power, and puts relatively few fetters on their ability to agree on the terms of their bargain. Accordingly, the legislation impacting on construction contracts is (relatively) circumscribed, but where it is relevant, it may be of major importance.

This book does not attempt to address the particular features of construction contracts related to building works on domestic housing for individual consumers. It should be noted that most Australian jurisdictions have specific legislation that regulates domestic building contracts, intended to provide consumer protection for individuals who may not be familiar with construction, and who may have limited bargaining power to negotiate appropriate contract terms with the building and professional contractors who execute the building work. Consequently there is considerably more statutory intervention into freedom of contract in domestic building contracts than in other types of construction contracts.

 The book can be ordered in hard-copy or as an e-book from CCH:

Book review in Construction Law International

Book review in Australian Construction Law News

Book review in International Construction Law Review

Book review in Engineers Australia Journal

Book review in Buildlaw

Book review in Consult Australia National Outlook

Book review in Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building