Full Name: Dr Donald E Charrett
Phone: +61 3 9225 6886
Fax: 8660 2842
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0403
Date of Admission: 5 Mar 2001
Called to the Bar: 4 Nov 2004
Accredited as Mediator: 17 Feb 2005
Qualifications: B.E.(Hons), LL.B.(Hons), M.Const.Law, Ph.D., Prof.Cert.Arb., FIE.Aust., FCIArb
Previous Occupation: Consulting Engineer, Solicitor


Donald Charrett is a Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator and Dispute Board Member practising in building and engineering disputes, arbitration/mediation/expert determination, construction law, commercial law, contract law and professional negligence. He was named as Best Construction Law Practitioner, Australia - 2016 by Business Worldwide magazine.

Before signing the Victorian bar roll, Donald was a solicitor in the construction group at Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

His prior experience as a consulting engineer for over 20 years included 12 years as a director of a highly respected consulting practice. In addition to managing engineering projects, he had management roles in contract negotiation and administration, professional indemnity insurance, international joint ventures, overseas projects, and corporate restructuring. He has acted as an expert witness because of his specialised knowledge of structural engineering.Since admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Donald has been engaged as a solicitor and barrister in a range of complex construction disputes including Supreme and County Court litigation, mediation, expert assisted determination and arbitration (including stop clock arbitration), as well as domestic building disputes in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. These disputes involved contractual issues, professional negligence, defects, variations, time and programming issues, quantum of claims, security of payment and professional indemnity and contract works insurance.

Donald has been engaged as an arbitrator, mediator, as a facilitator of joint experts’ conferences, as expert in contractual disputes and a member of one and three person Dispute Boards. He also has experience in the use of computer database technology for managing large volumes of court documents and preparations for a full electronic trial.

Donald has a Master of Construction Law, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a qualified mediator and a member of the FIDIC President's List of Adjudicators. He has published a number of papers in legal and engineering journals and presented papers at conferences and seminars. His legal publications include articles on resolution of construction disputes, economic duressFIDIC contracts, Dispute Boards, expert evidence, lay evidencethe avoidance of disputes, contractual lessons from past projects, design and construct contracts, quantum meruit, solidary liability, professional indemnity insurance and reinsurance. He is a joint author of the book "Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts".

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Arbitration Qualifications

  • CIArb (Fellow)

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration
  • Expert Determination
  • International Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Neutral Evaluation
  • Referees

Commercial Law

  • Building Law & Construction Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law

Common Law

  • Negligence
From 1 Jul 2008, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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