Byrne joins Freehills from Transurban. He has more than 14 years’ experience in Australia and overseas managing the legal aspects of complex infrastructure implementation, including project finance, dispute resolution and joint ventures.
He also brings extensive experience in working with industrial and chemical processing plants as he spent almost a decade with The BOC Group (now Linde) working throughout Asia, the US and Europe.
Freehills’ projects practice group head Patrick St John said the outlook for infrastructure development is very strong in both the public and private sector.
“Obviously there are substantial infrastructure requirements emerging from the resources boom, but we also expect the need for infrastructure across all levels of Government to increase in the coming years,” said St John.
Byrne said he was looking forward to moving back to a firm environment after his time in-house.
“I’ve been very fortunate in the variety of infrastructure experience I have had and I’m looking forward to applying this to ensure the best commercial outcomes for Freehills’ clients,” said Bynre.