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Paul Tobin
Paul Tobin
Paul Tobin National Practice Group Leader
t: +61 2 4924 7345
m: +61 431 095 563
o: Newcastle

Paul Tobin

National Practice Group Leader

About Paul

Paul is a senior construction and procurement lawyer. He assists clients through all phases of projects from conception, tendering, documentation to contract and claim administration, and dispute resolution.

What he does

Paul advises clients involved in infrastructure projects, building developments and the procurement of major plant and equipment. Paul has significant experience in all forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration, adjudication, expert determination, conciliation, mediation and litigation.

Who he works with

Paul works with mining companies, state-owned corporations, government agencies, developers and major building and engineering contractors.

What his clients say

"Paul provides commercially pragmatic and economic solutions to our legal issues. He has an in-depth understanding of our business, which means we receive advice from him that is highly relevant.  He will drill-down to the source of the issue, which enables us to implement preventative measures and saves our business time and money."  Senior Legal Counsel, ASX-50 Corporation

Paul has been recommended by Doyles Guide 2021 for Construction and Infrastructure Litigation and has been acknowledged as a leading Construction/Infrastructure Lawyer in AFR’s Best Lawyers since 2016.


Paul has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Masters of Laws. He is a former Director of the Society of Construction Law Australia and guest lecturer in the University of Melbourne's Masters in Construction Law program.

Life before Sparkes

Paul began his legal career at Clayton Utz, spending eight years in its construction and major projects team. During that time he gained international experience when based in Taipei where he acted for the owner, developer and operator of the privately financed Taiwan High Speed Rail Project. Paul also has extensive in-house experience, having been the senior legal counsel with railway operator, Pacific National.

Life outside of Sparkes

Other than snowboarding, there is nothing Paul loves more than food; whether he's cooking at home or sharing a meal with family and friends. Between meals Paul can be caught daydreaming about ground swells and deep powder snow.

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