Max Dowzer-Strode

Max Dowzer-Strode

Baker McKenzie


Max is a construction and projects lawyer.

Max acts for large domestic and international clients at both the developer and contractor level. Max also has experience advising government and other market participants.

Practice Focus

Max focuses on construction and major projects across a broad range of industries. These include energy and renewables, healthcare, roads, agriculture, water, rail, public infrastructure projects, property and commercial developments.

Max advises clients at all stages across the project lifecycle, from project structuring and procurement models, to drafting and negotiating the contracts and project documents (PPP, EPC, O&M, D&C, ECI, managing contractor, construction management, and bespoke agreements). Max also has experience in the project delivery phase, assisting clients with contract administration and claims management.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising mRNA Victoria, a division of the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions in relation to arrangements with the Commonwealth and Moderna, Inc to establish an mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility, a fill and finish capability, a regional headquarters and a research centre in Victoria.

  • Advising mRNA Victoria in relation to agreements with BioNTech to establish an mRNA research and development facility with clinical scale manufacturing and fill/finish capability in Victoria.

  • Advising a confidential client in relation to its bid for the development of the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre PPP, Hotel and Mixed-Use precinct development.

  • Advising a confidential client in relation to arrangements for the acquisition and development of a wind farm in Vietnam.

  • Advising PT Vale Indonesia in relation to arrangements for the establishment of a nickel processing plant in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

  • Advising Ventia in relation to various tenders for road projects across Australia, including its bid for Transurban Queensland’s Incident Response and Maintenance Services across its major tunnel, bridge and open road assets in South-East Queensland.

  • Advising Synergy (a Western Australian gas and electricity supplier) in relation to the construction and O&M aspects of its bid submission for the acquisition of an interest in a wind farm development.

  • Advising CSL in relation to various construction contracts for projects across Victoria, and its global construction and services contract procurement suite.

  • Advising various property developers in relation to the construction aspects of property development projects, including preparing and negotiating Australian standards based construction contracts.

  • Providing contract administration and claims management advice to an international hydropower company in relation to disputes concerning a pumped hydro power facility.

  • Providing claims management advice to a power generation company in relation to disputes concerning a solar project.

  • Conducting and providing strategic and claims management advice to an engineering company involved in a major arbitration concerning an offshore gas facility.

  • Assisting Built Environs Pty Ltd with legal issues arising out of the T1 Domestic Pier and International Departures Expansion contract with Perth Airport Pty Ltd.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Society of Construction Law Australia - Member

Corporate Responsibility

  • Member of the BakerWellbeing Committee (Australia) and Global Wellbeing Task Force

  • Justice Connect Self Representation Service

  • Refugee Legal Centre


  • New South Wales~Australia (2018)


  • Australian National University (BA, LLB) (2015)
Client Alerts for various practice areas including: ASIC Industry Funding Levies Regulation Enhancements, Penalties Increased and Powers Enhanced - ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce Report, Family and Domestic Violence Leave, Competition and Consumer Amendments - Competition Policy Bill and Market Power Bill.