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Mark Ambrose QC

Mark was admitted to the Bar in 1997, after being awarded the James Archibald Douglas Memorial Prize in passing the Queensland Bar Practice Course, and has practiced continuously since 1998.

Commencing with a broad commercial practice, Mark is now a recognised as a leading barrister in building, construction and infrastructure matters and as such has, for the last 7 years, been listed as “pre-eminent” in the field of construction by “Doyle’s Guide”. He is briefed to appear in the superior courts both in Queensland and interstate. He also appears in international and domestic arbitrations, expert determinations as well as being retained to act as mediator both in construction matters and general commercial matters.

He has particular experience in the following areas:

  • Large infrastructure projects such as:

    • the south east Queensland water grid (trench excavation and pipeline construction);

    • Gold Coast light rail development;

    • Curtis Island (Gladstone LNG development) water and sewerage implementation (including terrestrial trenching and HD drilling);

    • Gladstone Harbour dredging and pipeline developments (including marine dredging);

    • Transport infrastructure rectification after the south east Queensland floods.

  • Mining and resources infrastructure such as;

    • the construction of LNG pipelines and pump stations;

    • coal processing and handling plants (in Queensland and New South Wales);

    • gold and copper processing plants;

    • coal terminal loading facilities;

    • the construction of large mining accommodation camps

  • Large domestic and commercial construction including;

    • high rise apartment complexes in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and New South Wales;

    • concrete slab defects in warehouses and regional distribution centres;

    • bulk earthworks for large scale subdivisions;

    • residential dwelling defect and variation disputes.

  • Matters including:

    • architectural, engineering and geotechnical (subsidence and heaving) defects or errors;

    • concrete and slab deficiencies;

    • causation of defects in railway line derailments;

    • causation of production rate shortfalls in coal and gold processing plants;

    • construction of pipelines (water, sewerage and LNG);

    • construction of roads and bulk earthworks;

    • proper construction and application of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory;

    • proper construction and application of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (previously the Queensland Building Services Authority

    • proper construction and application of the Subcontractors’ Charges Act 1974.

  • Drawing and settling pleadings with respect to large and complex construction disputes including defects, delay, variations, programming, latent conditions, breach of statutory obligations;

  • Settling statements for evidence in chief in arbitral and expert determinations, conferring with and assisting in settling expert reports;

  • Preparing for cross examination of opposing experts;

  • Advising with respect to liability (both with respect to contract and negligence), evidence and quantum.

Mark is regularly retained by interstate solicitors.

Areas of Practice

> Alternative Dispute Resolution
> Appellate
> Building & Construction
> Commercial
> International
> Infrastructure & Projects
> Mediation


2018 Appointed QC
1997 Admitted as Barrister


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Contact Details

P: (07) 3236 3002