SoundLegal offers solutions-focused advice to deal with contractual and commercial legal challenges. SoundLegal’s services are tailored to your specific requirements, whether you need a suite of contracts drafted, a simple contract review or a professional clarifications schedule to include in a tender.

Principal lawyer Gemma Nugent, is a construction, engineering and consulting contract specialist. She launched SoundLegal in 2019 after more than 8 years as Corporate Counsel to a global engineering and design consultant.

Gemma has worked extensively with subcontractors, contractors, principals and consultants on major infrastructure, construction and consulting projects in both the private and public sector. She has drafted, reviewed and negotiated a wide variety of project and commercial agreements and has experience with all of the Australian Standard standard form contracts.  

Gemma started her legal career as the Associate to Justice Neville Owen at the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Her primary role was to assist with the trial and judgment preparation in the Bell Group litigation. She then joined a boutique corporate litigation firm before becoming an in-house lawyer in 2010. Prior to studying law, Gemma was a policy advisor at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Gemma chairs the board of the Australian Inclusion Group and volunteers her time at the Subiaco Justice Centre. She is also deputy chair of the board of the Fremantle Language Development Centre. Gemma has lectured in corporate and commercial law at Curtin Law School and spent time as a senior clinical supervisor in the John Curtin Law Clinic.

Gemma is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia (where she sits on the Commercial Law Committee) and the Society of Construction Law Australia. She enjoys keeping abreast of recent developments in the law and is in the process of completing her Master of Laws.

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