Hamish Geddes

Hamish Geddes

Director


0416 017 941
h.geddes@morrisseylaw.com.au
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Hamish was built from the back end up. He started and continues to partner with his clients to resolve problems and disputes. Recently, and increasingly more commonly, Hamish is utilising that experience and knowledge to develop operational processes founded on sound legal principles to reduce project risk.

Hamish is a Commercial & Corporate Lawyer with extensive experience in Construction Law across all construction sectors, assisting clients and service providers to identify and manage risk, resolve disputes, deliver projects, and grow their operations.

With a passion for details and a people-first approach, Hamish partners with his clients, taking the time to understand them and their operations, identify what’s important to them, and deliver advice in context so they can make informed decisions and achieve the best commercial outcomes.

Director at Morrissey Law + Advisory, Hamish heads up the operations team to develop efficient, collaborative, and dynamic systems and processes that are key to the firm’s departure from ‘traditional law’ as they redefine the way legal services are designed and delivered.

Hamish’s progressive approach has enabled him to build an extensive network of contacts across the legal, construction, and corporate worlds, and trade in ideas and solutions that keep him and his firm ahead of the pack with agile delivery of professional services that embrace emerging technology and innovative processes.

A few of Hamish’s many highlights include:

  • Advising Architects and designing and developing legal process systems for the engagement, onboarding, undertaking of works.

  • Acting for clients on defending Fair Trading licencing prosecutions in criminal
    proceedings

  • Application for summary judgment on a payment claim worth in excess of $1.5M in hotly contested dispute (resolved)

  • Advising Builder on significant ($500k+) claim and response to more than 200 defects on $4M build (resolved with payment in full to Builder)

  • Advising structural engineers on the security of payment claims against head contractors

  • Acting in defects claim regarding technical issues around flammable cladding, waterproofing, and glazing defects (~$15M claim)

  • Assisting civil contractor in large SOP claim against the council in relation to a seawall construction dispute (entirely successful on adjudication)

  • Defending $1.8M claim against glazing contractor by tier 2 builder for delays in works and liquidated damages claim (settled for less than 20% of claim)

  • Pursuing ~$10M claim by the civil contractor for variation claims under large public infrastructure project (settled)
    Numerous NCAT, Local, District and Supreme Court litigations

My passions lie in ideas, and I’ve always got at least 10 ideas on the boil. 2 kids under 3 18 months apart has meant my ideas are now focused on ensuring the world they inherit is at least as good as the one I have – and if possible, better.

Trivia Night:

My trivia specialty is to invite smarter people to join me, and I enjoy most beers with a meal full of carbs.