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Kate Machard

Associate
+974.4424.6136
Fax +974.4424.6101
Kate Machard has more than 10 years of legal experience, focusing her career on construction law, litigation and various other forms of dispute resolution. Currently, she is a construction law associate in the firm’s Doha office. Her practice focuses on advising clients in construction matters across a wide range of sectors in the construction industry.

Professional Background

Ms. Machard completed her education in South Africa and was admitted to the North Gauteng High Court of Southern Africa in 2010. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Machard trained with a leading international law firm in South Africa and thereafter worked in a large multinational corporation in the construction and oil and gas industries. Here, she gained considerable experience in both transactional and contentious matters relating to two major power station projects in South Africa amongst others.

Ms. Machard is experienced in preparing; negotiating; reviewing and administering standard form contracts (i.e. FIDIC; NEC2; NEC3; JBCC; GCC and EPCM contracts) and bespoke construction agreements and that same are aligned with company risk profiles. She has been involved in negotiating and drafting all forms of project agreements, contractual documentation, construction agreements in various jurisdictions, including Qatar, with specific regard to the oil, gas and energy sectors. She has also advised parties to construction contracts in a wide range of disputes, in litigation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration proceedings.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Admitted to the High Court of South Africa
  • Fellow Member, Association of Arbitrators (South Africa)
As in-house counsel for a large multinational corporation in the construction and oil and gas industries, Kate has assisted and advised in the following:
  • Disputes concerning delay and productivity claims;
  • Payment under performance;
  • Repayment of advance payment guarantees;
  • Alleged defective subcontract works requiring international expert evidence;
  • Claims amounting to approximately ZAR1.5 billion;
  • Labour disputes;
  • Liquidation of certain subcontractors and reclamation of the main-subcontractors assets from liquidated estates;
Major Projects worked on:
  • The construction of Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations in South Africa,
  • Air Cooled Condenser Kusile Power Station – Contract award value +-USD 350,000,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Million USD);
  • Pressure Parts, PJFF, Steam Air heater for the Kusile Power Station – Contract award value ± USD 164,000,000 (One Hundred and Sixty Four Million USD);
  • Pressure Parts, PJFF, Steam Air heater for the Medupi Power Station – Contract award value ± USD 164,000,000 (One Hundred and Sixty Four Million USD);
  • Procurement of condenser tubes Duvha Power Station – ± USD 10,000,000.00 (Ten million USD);
  • Mechanical and Piping Installation Contract for Fabrication, Installation and Erection of Mechanical and Piping Works– ± USD 20, 000,000.00 (Twenty Million USD).