Moray & Agnew appoints new Newcastle Managing Partner

Commercial Directions

Moray & Agnew is delighted to announce Sean O’Sullivan as Managing Partner of its Newcastle office. Sean takes on the role from Peter Utiger, who as a managing partner for 18 years, presided over strong growth both at his previous firm and at Moray & Agnew since the opening of the Moray & Agnew Newcastle office in February 2006. Since then Moray & Agnew’s Newcastle office has grown to 75 personnel, including 14 partners.

Sean, the practice group leader of the firm’s construction and infrastructure group, joined Moray & Agnew in March 2007. He specialises in construction and commercial law and has 20 years’ experience in private practice, government and mining. He has qualifications in civil engineering, business and law.

Commenting on his appointment Sean said: “I am delighted and excited at the opportunity given to me by the partners and proud to be leading such a talented team in this important and growing region.”

Sean advises in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration, adjudication, mediations, expert determination and commercial negotiations. He has substantial ‘front end’ construction legal experience and regularly provides advice to both private and pubic sector infrastructure and contractor clients, including reviewing contracts and tender documentation. Sean regularly acts for professionals including architects, engineers, project managers, developers and quantity surveyors.

Before becoming a lawyer, Sean gained extensive project management and contract administration experience over a period of eight years, working as a project engineer, construction manager and project manager with Hunter Water Corporation and BHP Billiton. He has worked on major infrastructure and resource projects throughout Australia and New Zealand, ranging in value from $1 million to $2.5 billion.

Sean is also a certified adjudicator under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) and also under equivalent legislation in Queensland, Victoria, ACT, South Australia and Tasmania.

Sean is a member of the Advisory Board for the Adjudication Research & Reporting Unit at the University of New South Wales.  He is also a Director of Hunter Angels Pty Limited, whose aim is to invest in and provide mentoring for suitable innovative enterprises in the Hunter and adjoining regions.

Sean added: “I look forward to building on the fantastic work undertaken since the office opened in 2006, and to consolidating our place as one of the premier full-service legal firms in the Hunter Region.”


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