Construction Legal | Building & Construction Lawyers | Sydney
Simplifying complexity and reducing risk in the Australian building & construction industry since 2013

About Us

Approachable. Experienced. Diligent.

Working with you to create better outcomes in building and construction

After my initial consultation with Jessica Rippon it became clear that this is a law firm which will tailor itself specifically to my needs. I appreciate the services provided by Construction Legal and will use them for all my property, construction and dispute work in the years to come.
— Sally Stokes, General Manager at CF Group

Construction Legal was established in 2013. We are committed to maintaining the highest degree of professional standards in accordance with the Law Society's Statement of Ethics & Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW).

We pride ourselves in taking the time to know your business and become part of your team so that we can deliver commercial advice and solutions that adds real value to your project.

Our aim is to build long term relationships with our clients and deliver them value. Our clients’ success is our success.

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At Construction Legal we know that finding the right people to advise on your project is not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.


Our people


Contact Jessica:
Head Office
Suite 104, Lawson Place, 165-167 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
0421 877 932

Jessica Rippon

Jessica is a senior practitioner with over 18 years’ experience in building and construction law.

Clients benefit from Jessica’s extensive experience in all areas of construction law including contract negotiation, contract administration, claims management and dispute resolution.  Over the years, Jessica has acted for a broad range of clients across both the government and private sectors, including NBN Co, Leighton Contractors, Downer EDI, Roads and Maritime Services, Woolworths, Masters Home Improvement, NSW Department of Commerce, Westfield, Deicorp Construction, Norman Disney Young and CF Group. 

Jessica’s non-contentious experience includes drafting, negotiating and advising on design and construction contracts for residential and commercial developments, major infrastructure works, rolling stock, tunnels and gas power stations.  She also has extensive contract administration experience, assisting clients in the day-to-day administration of claims and notices on large PPP projects, drafting correspondence on payment, variations, delay and disruption issues and advising on security, insurance and liability matters.  Jessica’s contentious work includes conducting litigation proceedings, expert determinations and mediations.  Jessica has also had the carriage of a number of successful applications and defences under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (1999).  

Jessica is a strategic thinker and will always strive to develop solutions to legal problems that provide commercial solutions for her clients.

Click here to view Jessica’s profile and recent project work.


Contact Des:

LOCATION: Brisbane
0499 639 757


Desmond Powell

The founding director, Jessica Rippon, saw a need to assist clients, property owners, property managers, investors and developers in navigating the complexities of the design and construction process. In partnering with Des Powell the opportunity to utilise his skills and experience to take the stress out of residential and commercial building projects was strategically incorporated

As a qualified Builder and building Project Manager, Des Powell brings to the business thirty years of “hands on” Project and Construction Management experience in all facets of the construction industry, from planning, Design Management and estimating through to construction supervision and project management.

Click here to view Des' profile and recent project work.


Contact EMILEE:

LOCATION: Head Office
Suite 104, Lawson Place, 165-167 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
0433 564 292


Emilee Clark

Emilee is a graduate of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business. She studied at Auckland University of Technology before relocating to Sydney in early 2019. During university, Emilee achieved Academic Excellence Awards consistently from 2015–2017. 

Emilee has a passion for Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Having undertaken the Resolution Institute’s (previously Leadr) Dispute Resolution Course in Mediation, Emilee placed 4th at the International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition in the Asia-Pacific Region. Emilee has an interest in advanced commercial contracts, and supported by her excellent grades she continues to develop those skills in her current role.

She is responsible for performing and assisting with tasks in litigation matters and meeting clients’ needs with respect to evidence, affidavits and compliance with orders. Emilee ensures that all deadlines relating to any proceeding are met and clients and counsel are kept up-to-date on their matters. Emilee assists with legal research and preparation of memorandums that form advice to clients.

During her time at university, Emilee assisted on complex litigation cases, worked as a law clerk in a specialist property law firm, and was responsible for organising a national conference for the New Zealand Law Students’ Association. Before returning to university, Emilee worked in compliance for a boutique investment company across Australia and New Zealand which is where her interest in the law was first developed. In earlier years, Emilee trained as a Professional Chef (she also holds a Diploma in Culinary Arts) which she utilised when she lived in France and travelled around Europe working on a Superyacht for two years.

Emilee is admitted to practice in New Zealand.


Contact Logan:

LOCATION: Head Office
Suite 104, Lawson Place, 165-167 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


Logan Cavanagh

Logan is a Bachelor of Laws graduate from Auckland University of Technology. He has one paper remaining to also complete a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting. Both degrees have provided Logan with a strong commercial base allowing him to assist on a wide range of matters. 

Logan has built up his skills around his studies, with work experience covering a complex litigation case (covering property, criminal, and trust law), contracts and funds management. He has firsthand experience on the process involved in preparing for a major trial, including the discovery of evidence and time management skills required. Logan has assisted Penguin Publishers in an audit of their publishing contracts, providing him with insight into the contract drafting process and the elements required to meet the client’s needs. Rounding out his interest in business, Logan worked in funds management for over two years, expanding skills in accounting, taxation and transaction management, while also increasing commercial awareness in various sectors.

Logan assists with the management of litigation files, contract drafting and legal research. He drafts legal documents under supervision, including pleadings and evidence. He also conducts counsel briefings, witness and client interviews.

In his spare time you can catch Logan surfing at Cronulla. He’s also a massive Rugby fan, loves snowboarding, and is quite a foodie.

Logan is admitted to practice in New Zealand.


Contact Chen:

LOCATION: Head Office
Suite 104, Lawson Place, 165-167 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


Chen Lou

Chen is currently completing his second year of a Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical Engineering) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. Drawing from diverse interests in both Engineering and Law, Chen is able to assist our team on a broad range of matters.

Chen is responsible for performing administrative tasks and maintains contact with our clients to keep them up to date on various matters. He also ensures that the team have a comprehensive and clear understanding of the facts of the case by organising materials for case reviews.

Chen is extremely competent at legal research and uses his up to date understanding of legal databases to provide accurate and thorough case summaries, research memorandums and other materials to assist with dispute resolution.

Chen endeavours to be as involved as possible in all of our legal matters by consistently updating his knowledge of construction and commercial law.  


Contact Xin:

LOCATION: Head Office
Suite 104, Lawson Place, 165-167 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


Xin Gan

Xin is undertaking her final year of study in Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. She has excellent attention to detail and enjoys problem solving. She always strives to deal with matters in an efficient and pragmatic way. With a keen interest in property, commercial and construction law, Xin is always expanding and honing her legal skills and knowledge to assist the team.

She provides assistance to the team by preparing legal memorandums and drafting court documents and legal correspondences. She also routinely undertakes legal research on relevant legislations and case laws. Organising and arranging evidence and other legal documents for review and case preparation is also part of her responsibility. Xin is also responsible for administrative task like organising files and maintaining the database systems.


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