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Simon Bellas
Partner

Partner-in-Charge Perth

Contact

(T) +61.8.6214.5711
(F) +61.8.6214.5799

Education

  • University of Queensland and Melbourne University (LL.M. with first class honours 2006; Dean's Award for Academic Excellence); Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Bar Association (Bar Practice Advocacy Course 2005); University of Queensland (LL.B. with honours 2001; Dean's Award for Academic Excellence); Queensland University of Technology (Bachelor of Business with honours 1996)

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Courts of Queensland and Western Australia and High Court of Australia

Clerkships

  • Associate to His Honour Mr Justice R Douglas RFD (now deceased), Supreme Court of Queensland

Simon Bellas is a construction claims and disputes authority whose practice is focused on large-scale energy and resources projects and related infrastructure with particular experience in offshore contracts. Simon acts for both owners and a range of major contractors across industry sectors, including oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure construction projects and disputes. He has managed some of the largest international arbitrations and litigation in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to formal disputes, Simon is often engaged as project counsel before disputes arise with the aim of avoiding or minimizing claims and disputes. In this role, he also has been involved in mediations and expert determinations and has successfully prosecuted and defended many adjudication claims. With more than 10 years experience in LNG, he is a leading industry professional and has an in-depth working knowledge of many of the technical engineering and commercial issues that underpin projects and the claims that commonly arise from them.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Simon advised an oil and gas major regarding significant payment claims and disputes brought primarily by pipeline and fabrication contractors on significant natural gas projects in Western Australia. He also has been retained by EPC contractors on LNG and related infrastructure projects in the region. He has significant experience with extension of time, variation, and delay and disruption claims as well as with advising on contract termination issues. Simon's practice is distinctively international having worked on several international arbitrations and having been based in Singapore (working for a global offshore contractor) and more recently, in Kazakhstan.

Simon is the Partner-in-Charge of the Perth Office.


Areas of Focus

Honors & Distinctions

  • The AFR’s Best Lawyers© in Australia — construction and infrastructure law (2016 and 2017)

    The Legal 500, Australia — listed as 'a standout disputes lawyer' with 'particular strength in construction, energy and infrastructure disputes'. Recommended also for Projects (2017)

    Doyle's Guide — recommended as a 'preeminent' construction lawyer in Western Australia (2017)

    Doyle's Guide — recommended as a leading arbitration lawyer in Australia (2016)
Simon Bellas