Dale Atkinson's practice focuses on resolving disputes arising out of major infrastructure projects, predominantly in the transport & infrastructure and energy & resources sectors. He also has acted in restructuring and insolvency matters.
Dale has experience representing large national and international corporations and government bodies in arbitration proceedings, litigation and mediation, as well as acting for owners and contractors prior to initiating formal legal proceedings to provide project and pre-dispute strategy advice. Dale also has experience representing clients in high-value adjudications under various security of payment legislation.
His representations include acting for a major oil and gas producer in a $2 billion multiparty ad hoc (UNCITRAL) arbitration concerning the construction of a loading jetty as part of Australia's largest liquified natural gas processing facility; an ASX-listed EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor in relation to the design and construction of a coal handling and preparation plant and train-load out facility; and in Supreme Court of Western Australia proceedings involving a contractual dispute regarding a waste to energy facility.
Dale recently acted for a major Australian engineering and infrastructure contractor in relation to claims brought under Western Australia's new adjudication legislation and was successful in one of Australia's first "review adjudications."
Dale also regularly assists clients in corporate insolvency matters and was involved in the corporate restructuring and financing of Virgin Australia, which was recognized as Mergermarket's M&A Deal of the Year for 2020.
Dale is a guest lecturer in the juris doctor course on international commercial arbitration at the University of Western Australia and is a headnote author for the Building and Construction Law Journal.
Set Aside: Australian Creditors Unable to Rely on Statutory Set-Offs to Defend Unfair Preference Claims
"Last Refuge of the Desperate"—Western Australia Supreme Court Rebuts Procedural Fairness Challenge to Arbitrator's Award
- The University of Western Australia (J.D. 2019; Dean's List for Academic Excellence & Research by Invitation; B. Comm. in Economics and Political Science 2016)
- Supreme Court of Western Australia and High Court of Australia