David Pearce

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Brisbane, Australia
    Local Time: Monday 11:02

Practice Expertise

  • Construction

Areas of Practice

  • Construction

WSG Practice Industries


My clients value my assistance with their day-to-day procurement and construction activities. This help includes setting up user friendly, robust contract template suites and managing disputes with contractors and subcontractors.

Known as a reliable and calm problem-solver with a broad knowledge base, I take an active interest in my clients’ businesses and the broader construction, resources and government sectors. I am particularly interested in the impact of emerging technologies such as ICT contracting and autonomous vehicles.

Career highlights

  • Queensland Government – advised on major infrastructure projects, including railways to open up emerging coal basins (the Surat Basin Railway) and significant road projects (the Logan Enhancement Project)
  • Anglo American; Rio Tinto – supported key resources clients with major expansion projects, including the Grosvenor metallurgical coal mine for Anglo American and the Amrun bauxite mine for Rio Tinto (working through planning, procurement, construction and the management of disputes)
  • Gladstone Area Water Board; Seqwater; Stanwell Corporation – worked with the leading government-owned infrastructure providers on major construction and procurement activities across a range of water and power infrastructure
  • Drafted and negotiated major mining services agreements
  • Worked on a range of international resources projects, including a world-first sea-floor mining project
  • Led electronic contracting and tendering projects
  • Lectured on construction law at the University of Queensland, am part of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland and contribute to thought leadership in construction law


Areas of Practice

  • Construction

Professional Career

Professional Associations
  • Infrastructure Association of Queensland
  • Queensland Law Society


Additional Articles
  • Queensland delivers on indicative timeframe for project trust accounts

    The Queensland Government has announced dates for the latest amendments to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld), with changes commencing from 1 October 2020.

  • Victorian Government authorises trial of automated vehicles
    On 30 November 2017 the Victorian government passed the Road Safety Amendment (Automated Vehicles) Bill 2017 (Bill). The Bill establishes a permit scheme to authorise the trial of automated vehicles on Victorian roads.

    Victoria now joins New South Wales and South Australia as the third Australian jurisdiction with specific laws in place to facilitate autonomous vehicle trials.
  • Changes to critical infrastructure laws in 2021: is your sector impacted?

    The Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 (Cth) is currently before Parliament and may increase the regulatory burden for those responsible for critical infrastructure assets in designated 'critical' sectors, as well as the government's powers over those assets.

  • Future technologies in transport

    What are some of the exciting developments we're seeing in transport? How can these be practically applied?

  • Driverless vehicles: a complex journey towards a simpler life

    What does a 'brave new world' of driverless vehicles look like? How will their introduction impact on cities of the future?

  • 7 tips for effective infrastructure stimulus packages during COVID

    Key contractual issues for Government to manage when delivering infrastructure stimulus packages.

  • Updates to security of payment laws finalised but rollout delayed by COVID-19

    The latest amendments to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld) have been enacted, with the primary goal of streamlining the project bank accounts regime. Dates for further roll-out of the scheme are to be fixed by proclamation.

  • How should government manage data from C-ITS and autonomous vehicles?

    On 27 September 2018, the National Transport Commission released its discussion paper 'Regulating Government Access to C-ITS and Automated Vehicle Data'. The following article looks at its implications.

  • New South Wales prepares to give the green light to the trialling of driverless vehicles
    This week the NSW Government introduced the Transport Legislation Amendment (Automated Vehicle Trials and Innovation) Bill 2017 (the NSW Bill) into parliament.
  • Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles

    On 29 May 2018 the National Transport Commission published the Changing Driving Laws to Support Automated Vehicles Policy Paper, which outlines recommendations for the implementation of a purpose-built national law for the regulation of Automated Vehicles.

  • Autonomous Vehicles Trials
    The NTC released a discussion paper with recommendations as to how current Australian laws should be amended to facilitate autonomous vehicle trials. This article explores the legal implications of autonomous vehicle trials for Australian universities.
  • Project Trust Accounts required for more Queensland contracts in 2022

    From 1 January 2022, certain private sector and government contracts in Queensland, valued at $10 million or more, will require a project trust account.

  • Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill UK

    The United Kingdom (UK) has taken a significant step towards implementing regulation to allow fully connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) to operate on public roads in the UK.

    Over 120 years after the Locomotives on Highways Act 1896 (UK) was introduced to regulate motorised vehicles in the UK the House of Commons passed the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (UK) (AEVB) on 29 January 2018.

    The AEVB extends the current 'human driver' centric insurance scheme to account for accidents involving an autonomous vehicle that causes an accident whilst driving itself. It also sets out a regime for electric vehicles and charging.

  • How autonomous vehicles will support the unstoppable rise of the city

    The widespread adoption of Autonomous Vehicles promises to radically transform public and private transportation. Driverless cars and other forms of Autonomous Vehicles will fundamentally alter how we move about our cities, and also change cities themselves

  • In with the new? Bringing further project bank account reforms closer

    In Queensland, a new bill aims to streamline the project bank accounts regime and improve other key aspects of Queensland's security of payment laws.

  • NSW worker-protection guideline: Regulating mining in an age of automation

    The New South Wales Resources Regulator has introduced an autonomous mobile mining plant guideline to assist mine operators to manage risks associated with the technology. Here, we analyse the NSW guideline and compare it to the approach taken in WA. We also discuss a recent Fair Work Commission decision, which provides important learnings for companies that are considering implementing autonomous mining.

  • Fairer processes for securing payment for subcontractors
    On 22 August the Queensland Government introduced the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 (Bill), which will repeal and replace the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA), the Subcontractors' Charges Act 1974 (SCA) and amend other related legislation.
  • The NTC revamps the regulation of driver distraction rules

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) is undertaking a project aimed at identifying, regulating and mitigating the safety risks arising from driver distraction.

  • Have your say on the national approach to safety of automated vehicles

    The National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper that seeks feedback on a national approach to the in-service safety of autonomous vehicles in Australia. Submissions were due by 11 December 2020.

  • Autonomous vehicles: Reimagining regulation and business opportunities

    Autonomous vehicles will no doubt change Australian cities and transport infrastructure, permitting them to grow beyond their current limitations.

    However, much of the legal and regulatory work is still to be done.

  • Queensland Construction Law - Year in Review 2020

    Throughout 2020, the Queensland Government has made a number of important changes to laws governing Queensland construction projects. We summarise the changes, and highlight what may be coming in 2021.

  • First Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill is now live

    On 2 December 2021 the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2021 (Cth) received royal assent and became law in Australia. We explore what it means going forward.

  • QLD Project Bank Accounts
    On 1 March 2018 the regime of Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) for Queensland government building projects valued between $1 million and $10 million will commence.

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