Richard Barrell – LLB, ARI, COP (Law)

Construction Documentation Specialist


  • Richard’s work with complex commercial documentation includes the project management of numerous commercial construction projects as project representative for private financial institutions specialising in construction finance.

  • He has also taught commercial and contract law at university at both under-graduate and post-graduate level.

  • He has specialised in construction documentation and project management with emphasis on contract administration.

  • He has over 40 years experience drafting and reviewing complex commercial documentation including construction contracts

  • And has been engaged in resolving contract disputes many of these surrounding specifications and scopes of work.

  • Richard has specialist expertise in the role of the superintendent and the roles and responsibilities of principals and contractors under the Standards Australia suite of AS 2124 and AS 4000 construction contracts.

  • He has extensive experience with project management, engineering, and infrastructure law.

  • Including contract drafting and review, contract administration and the preparation and assessment of construction claims and promoting dispute resolution.

  • His “on-the-job” experience allows him to present academic contract administration concepts with practical relevance for contract supervisors and managers from all trades and backgrounds.

  • He shares this expertise, with a practical priority, in each training course.

  • He is an experienced presenter of construction documentation training courses throughout Australia.

  • He has been a member of several International Bar Association Contract and Commercial law committees.

  • He is an Associate of the Resolution Institute, and a past member of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the International Bar Association and the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific.


  • Boost contract clause reading, understanding and analysis skills

  • Empower enhanced contract supervision

  • Develop key contract management competencies

  • Improve risk assessment, risk management and conflict avoidance

  • Correctly and confidently prepare and/or assess construction claims

  • Work “on site” and in the office with renewed insights and confidence.


High quality course, absolutely worthwhile attending

Professional and entertaining – well exceeded my expectations

I gained a wealth of knowledge from this excellently presented course

Excellent course, comprehensive and well presented, effective and engaging

The presentation and course content exceeded all expectations I highly recommend this excellent course to others

The course workbook is an ideal future resource – Excellently presented

The course was extremely beneficial with an excellent coursebook

This course was absolutely worthwhile attending, well prepared and highly practical, excellently presented by a highly skilled communicator

Interactive discussions and memorable case examples – An excellent course

I found both the course and the presenter were excellent and I would like to attend your other advanced courses as well

Very worthwhile attending, the presenter was extremely knowledgeable, and I learnt a  lot of relevant stuff with an excellent useful workbook included

The presenter’s knowledge was fantastic with an engaging presentation style 

I just wanted to extend my gratitude on how much I enjoyed attending the two day contract management course, in particular, the trainer Richard Barrell.  Richard is an exceptional trainer, he’s extremely knowledgeable, professional, and a delight to listen to.

I believe that everyone in the industry needs to attend this course. 

Richard’s knowledge and experience in contract management was very impressive, the
course maintained an informal atmosphere and was very beneficial assisting me in my role managing construction contracts

Richard has a very thorough approach to course content that is easy to follow and understand

The course content is very applicable to my current role as a contract manager

The presenter’s knowledge of both the subject matter, Australian standards, and historic case studies was fantastic with an engaging presentation style allowing lots of discussion

Richard was very easy to get on with and he explained everything thoroughly and has great knowledge

Excellent, knowledgeable presenter who was very approachable and willing to answer questions. The presentation and course content exceeded expectations

I would recommend this course to others

Richard was very knowledgeable on contract law and construction works with real life
examples of claims and issues relevant to construction, very worthwhile attending with good in-depth discussions

Worthwhile attending with an excellent presenter who shared examples and knowledge relating to my role contract managing capital works projects

The course was very helpful thanks Richard. I keep the course book on my desk and often refer back to it.

With Richard’s knowledge, I believe it will help me as a works supervisor immensely

Very worthwhile attending. The presenter captured our attention with his deep knowledge of the subject material  

The very experienced presenter was easily able to answer every question

The presenter had a very thorough approach to course content that is easy to follow and understand

Very informative, well presented excellent course

The presenters prior experience and background of contract expertise provided an excellent knowledge base  

The course was excellent and definitely worthwhile, and the relaxed presenter was easy to listen to and engaged us with his wide knowledge