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Chelsea Ridley

special counsel, property and construction

meet Chelsea

about Chelsea

From a young age, Chelsea decided she was going to be a lawyer and after developing a love for debating, her mind was made up. With an interest in architecture fostered by her husband’s line of work, Chelsea was enticed  from a disputes focus to shift to project advice on construction projects which has seen Chelsea work in both front-end and disputes focused roles in the construction industry.

Having worked in-house over the past few years, she has gained incredible hands-on experience, from being involved in large scale projects that have given back to the community as well as numerous projects that have shaped the evolving Melbourne city skyline.

Working in-house in project roles has also given Chelsea a greater understanding of the various business drivers clients may be facing. Because of this, Chelsea’s advice is always strong and practical as she knows the decisions she is helping clients make will have long term impacts, on both the project and their business.

“In construction, every project is different – they each have their own challenges and it’s an ever-changing industry. Being involved in a project, in any way, is an honour and privilege, as is knowing these achievements will stand the test of time.”

In her various roles, Chelsea has been involved in construction projects from planning stages, early works, tender and bidding, head contract negotiations, project advice, adjoining owner issues, subcontracts and supply agreements, practical completion, handovers, defects and warranty issues.

Areas of Expertise

claims advice, including variations, extension of time and security of payment issues
construction contract advice –  design and construct, construct only and managing contractor
consultancy and novation agreements
construction disputes
project delivery
security of payment claims and payment disputes
subcontracts and supply agreements


commercial, retail and mixed use construction

recent experience

  • 80 collins st

    The iconic project presented numerous challenges due to its mixed usage (retail, commercial and hotel) within an operating office precinct, site size and complex design. Chelsea was involved from the commencement of head contract negotiations and provided support throughout project delivery.

  • m city development

    Chelsea was involved in the M City project, which was the culmination of residential development, shopping and entertainment precinct, hotel and commercial office tower which has re-shaped the area near Monash University Campus in Clayton. Chelsea was involved from the commencement of head contract negotiations through to project delivery.

  • monash peninsula campus student accomodation

    Chelsea was involved in the award winning project for its design and innovation for using cross laminated timber products in construction, including sourcing overseas supplies from Italy. She was involved from the commencement of head contract negotiations, negotiating the overseas supply agreement and providing support throughout project delivery.

  • perth children's hospital

    This $1.2 billion project required extensive management of variations, extension of time claims, subcontractor disputes and complex negotiations. Although being a complex project with numerous challenges, its completion was a remarkable outcome for the larger Perth community. During the project, Chelsea led the leasing of the $350 million of medical supplies, as well as assisting in the commercial management of variations, extension of time claims, subcontractor disputes and complex negotiations.