Steven W.Fleming


Sydney + 61.2.8272.0538

Steven Fleming has been resolving commercial disputes for more than 20 years with a particular emphasis in the construction, energy, and resources sectors. He has extensive experience in contractual, regulatory, and cross-border disputes.

Steven has represented clients in proceedings before the superior courts of Australia and England, as well as domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, and SIAC). His major cases include an ICC arbitration concerning EPC contracts for an oil pipeline in Africa, a contractual dispute concerning the design and construction of a walking beam furnace, and acting in a dispute arising from the construction of a water desalination plant. He is currently working on disputes concerning some of the largest construction projects in Australia, primarily in the LNG industry. Most recently Steven has conducted a number of successful high-value adjudications under security of payment legislation.

Steven has vast experience in counseling corporations and their boards on regulatory/compliance matters, including undertaking investigations and pre-acquisition due diligence. This experience includes investigating and reporting to boards on foreign corrupt practices and dealing with regulatory bodies in both Australia and overseas on behalf of clients (AFP, ASIC, ATO, DOJ, SEC, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank).

Steven is currently advising clients concerning potential corrupt practices across Asia and the Middle East. He also advises clients on economic sanction and anti-money laundering issues.

Steven is a frequent speaker at conferences on anti-bribery and corruption and has participated in OECD working group sessions on foreign bribery and corruption.


  • Parker Hannifin obtains EU General Court reduction of marine hose cartel fineJones Day represented Parker Hannifin Corporation and its Italian subsidiary, Parker ITR Srl, in connection with antitrust investigations in the European Union, the U.S., Brazil, Japan, and Australia relating to the conduct of manufacturers of marine hoses used to transport crude oil to and from ships.
  • USG forms $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and Middle EastJones Day advised USG Corporation in its formation of a strategic 50/50 $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, known as USG Boral Building Products.
  • Bhushan Steel seeks advice about freezing order in Australia in connection with proceedings in IndiaJones Day is advising Bhushan Steel Limited, one of India's largest steel manufacturers, in obtaining an order from an Australian court freezing an Australian asset of a Swiss based company to ensure that any judgment in Bhushan's favour in ongoing proceedings in India might be enforced in Australia.
  • Delta Electricity seeks advice on price review dispute under coal supply agreementJones Day represented Delta Electricity in a matter involving an expert determination of a price review dispute under a coal supply agreement.
  • ESCO seeks counsel in enforcement of international arbitration award in AustraliaJones Day represented ESCO Corporation in proceedings concerning the disputed enforcement of an international arbitration award in Australia.
  • Veolia defends dispute against principal contractor in large construction projectJones Day represented Veolia Environnement in proceedings against the principal contractor, Austrian Energy, arising out of a large construction project at Port Worlsey in Australia.
  • GrainCorp arbitrates several contractual disputes with grain growersJones Day acted for GrainCorp Pty Limited in a large number of domestic arbitrations concerning contractual disputes with grain growers.
  • Lehman Brothers in High Court proceedings concerning validity of Deed of Company ArrangementJones Day is acting for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in High Court proceedings concerning the validity of a Deed of Company Arrangement.
  • Investment fund pursues litigation against Australian mining companies in relation to pre-IPO private placing of sharesJones Day is representing an investment fund in High Court proceedings against a group of Australian mining companies alleging breach of contract and misrepresentation in relation to a pre-IPO private placing of shares.
  • French manufacturing and engineering company in Australia steel furnace construction litigationJones Day is representing a French manufacturing and engineering company in construction litigation relating to steel furnace in Australia.
  • Dell faces off in declaratory judgment action involving wireless LAN patentJones Day represented Dell Inc. in a declaratory judgment action that was transferred from the N.D. California (Case No. 3:05-CV-1886) seeking a declaration of patent invalidity and non-infringement of a wireless LAN patent.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • December 2018
      Anti-Bribery/Anti-Corruption & FCPA training, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
    • March 2018
      Ethics Compliance and Anti-corruption training, AESOP Group
    • August 2015
      Whistleblowing, presenter, C5 Conference
    • December 2014
      OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Phase 3 Workshop
    • March 2014
      2nd Annual forum on Anti-Corruption Australia on demystifying the intersection of the Australian Criminal Code, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act; and paper on the anatomy of a corruption investigation
    • November 2013
      Anatomy of a Corruption Investigation, C5 - Extractive Industries Bribery and Corruption Bootcamp
    • March 2013
      The Face of Corruption in Australia, C5 - Bribery and Corruption Conference
    • January 30, 2013
      Energy & Resources in the firing line in foreign bribery crackdown
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