Dr Donald Charrett

Name: Dr Donald Charrett

Qualifications: BE (Hons); LLB (Hons); MConst Law;  PhD; Prof. Cert. in Arb; Grad Dip LPSE; Dip Company Director’s Course,  Diploma in International Arbitration

Title: Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator and  Expert

Organisation: Expert Determination Chambers

State: Victoria

Immediation Practice Area: Mediation, Arbitration, Expert  Determination


I am a Barrister, Mediator, Arbitrator  and Dispute Board Member practising in building and engineering disputes. I  also have a practice in commercial law, contract law and professional  negligence. I was named as Best Construction Law Practitioner, Australia -  2016 by Business Worldwide magazine and a Thought Leader – Construction 2019  by Who’s Who Legal.

Prior to joining the legal profession,  I was a consulting engineer for over 20 years and during this time I was a  director of a highly respected engineering consulting practice. Since my  admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria, I have been involved in a range  of complex construction disputes including mediation, expert determination  and arbitration (including stop clock arbitration). These disputes involved  contractual issues, professional negligence, defects, variations, time and  programming issues, quantum of claims, security of payment and professional  indemnity and contract works insurance. I was appointed Special Referee for a  matter involving recycled glass in the Victorian Supreme Court in 2016.

·          Fellow  of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

·          Fellow  of the Institution of Engineers Australia

·          Member  of the FIDIC President's list of Adjudicators

Personal Comment

I enjoy the resolution of complex  construction disputes, where my years of engineering and legal practice  inform a deeper understanding of the intersection of legal and technical  issues.

Immediation Area(s) of Expertise

Common law and professional regulation  (Professional negligence), Corporate and commercial (Contracts, Energy  resources and mining, international law, misleading and deceptive  conduct/fraud, Property, construction, environment, oil, gas and mining  (building and construction, oil gas and mining, security of payments)