Jonathan Hitchcock

Special Counsel
Building & Construction

“Building and Construction is a very real and practical application of the law. The conflicts and clashes can be challenging but bring great satisfaction and rewards.”

Jonathan has applied his vast experience in construction through different forms of contracts and significant construction-based litigation matters. He acts for many of the larger contractors in the industry, sharing with them more than three decades of experience and knowledge.

In a career that has spanned almost three decades, Jonathan’s knowledge of both the Australian and global construction industries has led him to work with a broad range of clients, from local developers to multinational corporations.

His commitment to fair process and flexibility makes Jonathan a highly sought-after representative and means he is always in demand.



“The firm is different. AJ & Co approaches client connections with the goal of adding value. As a result, the firm has established an interesting and capable team to work on challenging projects.”



Jonathan’s expertise includes:

  • construction contracts – drafting and negotiation;
  • legislation advice;
  • tendering, probity, project briefs and contractual;
  • arrangement advice;
  • risk review of contract documentation for bid purposes;
  • drafting and negotiating joint-venture agreements and alliance contracts;
  • contract management, compliance, risk management and performance advice;
  • detailed building and construction contracts and subcontracts terms advice;
  • drafting and contractual notice review;
  • related professional services contracts and disputes;
  • QBCC licencing, compliance and statutory insurance issues and litigation;
  • subcontractor charge notices & proceedings;
  • BCIPA notices, adjudications, submissions and responses;
  • QCAT reviews, appeals and applications;
  • PPSA issues on construction sites;
  • insolvency/administration and liquidation issues in construction; and
  • labour & employment contracts and WH&S policies for construction industry.



Recent transactions of note include:

  • ongoing Supreme Court litigation at Port Hinchinbrook in North Queensland;
  • substantial arbitration for South Tweed Shopping Centres;
  • pipeline arbitration in Tasmania;
  • BCIPA Adjudications;
  • subcontractors charges litigations;
  • refinery case being heard in the London International Court of Arbitration; and
  • civil contract review for GPT Metroplex.



Bachelor of Laws (University of Otago, New Zealand)