Alex Hartmann

Alex Hartmann

Baker & McKenzie


With over 30 years' experience, Alex Hartmann advises clients in the construction and engineering sectors across universities, state-owned corporations, institutional property owners, developers, utilities, hotel and hospital operators, contractors, major equipment suppliers, financiers and consultants.

Practice Focus

As a projects and construction lawyer, Alex has experience in all facets of project delivery from contract structuring, drafting and negotiation through to advice on contract administration and dispute resolution (including adjudication, litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution).

Representative Legal Matters

Non-contentious infrastructure and major projects

  • Advised Pembroke Real Estate on the AUD 100 million+ refurbishment and subsequent lease of its 20 Martin Place property including early contractor involvement deed, design and construct contract, consultancy agreements and construction aspects of the subsequent agreement for lease.

  • Advised ALDI in relation to warehouse construction, mixed-use developments, automated stock handling and dispatch system installation, region-wide store upgrade programs, rooftop solar installation and development of suite of construction, consultancy services and goods supply and installation contracts.

  • Advised University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on precinct scale Haymarket Development proposal for one of Sydney CBD's potential largest redevelopment sites, preparation construction contracts used as base contracts for major projects, advising on appointment of architect to Broadway Building project; advising on contract administration, variation and dispute resolution issues across several projects, advising on UTS Central Project for demolition and rebuilding of Building 2.

  • Advised HomeCo on the suite of contracts for rooftop solar installation across portfolio of large retail premises.

  • Advised Wet'n'Wild Sydney on a management contracting agreement for the construction of the AUD 120 million Wet'n'Wild Sydney aquatic leisure park (with 42 slides and attractions including a wave pool and beach with surfable generated wave).

  • Advised Australia Broadcasting Corporation on ACP-related issues and a remediation works contract for Ultimo studios and offices; drafted contracts for refit of Ultimo offices and move of staff to new Parramatta premises.

Dispute resolution

  • Acted for one of world's leading wall cladding manufacturers and installers in relation to disputes on two major hospital projects and in defence of Supreme Court ACP litigation.

  • Advised rail suppliers on transport-related claims including adjudications, mediations and commercial dispute resolution regarding supply of signalling, traction power supply and platform safety equipment.

  • Advised General Electric on disputes in relation to the supply and installation of electrical transformer equipment including successful recoveries in adjudications.

  • Advised a major contractor on defence and subsequent commercial resolution of two NSW Supreme Court proceedings involving claims under vendor warranties given by the client in relation to construction contracts novated under asset purchase agreement.

  • Advised a leading supplier of inverters in relation to performance-related issues and unpaid supply and O&M payments in consequent claims arising on a number of solar projects.

  • Acted in the successful resolution of very large claim for delay, variation and breach of contract claims arising from construction and upgrades to mobile telephone towers including renegotiation of contract terms for a telecommunications company.

Professional Honors

  • WLL Ranking: Recommended, Australia & New Zealand - Construction 2023
  • Listed by Chambers & Partners Australia as a Recommended Lawyer, Construction & Infrastructure, since 2014
  • Listed for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Best Lawyers in Australia since 2014 and Construction/Infrastructure Law since 2015
  • Listed as Leading Construction Litigation Lawyer NSW, 'Doyle's' Ratings 2014 to 2023
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal Australia / New Zealand for Construction 2023

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Society of Construction Law Australia


  • Victoria~Australia (1999)
  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (1990)
  • New South Wales~Australia (1987)


  • University of New South Wales (LLB) (1986)
  • University of New South Wales (BA) (1984)


  • English

Previous Offices

  • Melbourne

Alex speaks regularly at industry conferences and seminars on subjects including non-compliant building materials, indemnities, extensions of time, fitness for purpose and insolvency protection measures for principals.

Alex is also a contributor to a range of industry publications.

Alex is co-author of The Legal 500's Australia chapter on Construction Law presented as a series of Q&As.