Energy & Resources

Energy, mining, oil & gas and renewables

It comes down to the quality of the very good senior people, and the expertise and insight they are able to bring.

Chambers Asia-Pacific

Providing outstanding legal services to businesses in the energy and natural resources sectors requires a deep understanding of the unique legal and commercial characteristics of the respective markets.

Ranked as one of Australia’s leading energy and resource teams, our lawyers have specialist expertise from many years involvement in a wide range of projects and transactions in the mining, petroleum and energy sectors.

We act for clients on major projects and transactions as well as operational matters. Our experience extends from resource exploration, through production, processing, trading, haulage and shipping, to sale. It also includes: 

  • structuring and drafting of exploration and production joint ventures including unitisations
  • farm-in/farm-out agreements
  • mergers and acquisitions in the energy and resources sector and related due diligence
  • native title, environmental, land access and planning matters
  • commodity sales contracts including iron ore, gold, concentrates, gas and power sales, haulage and swap agreements
  • LNG project participation and development
  • power generation projects
  • energy markets and regulatory advice including advising on the National Electricity Rules and the Wholesale Electricity Market Rules
  • power, gas and emissions markets advice, including market participation, market rules, hedging arrangements, trading documentation and financial services licensing
  • third party access arrangements for electricity and gas networks
  • pipeline corridor acquisition
  • project financing
  • construction and procurement contracts for brownfield and greenfield development
  • representation in price review negotiations and arbitrations.
  • Ambassador Oil and Gas: acting for Ambassador Oil & Gas in connection with the takeover offers made by Drillsearch Energy and Magnum Hunter Resources.
  • Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO): AEMO has established a new web-based trading platform for trading short-term gas, known as the Gas Supply Hub. We provided external legal support to AEMO’s in-house team on the design of the hub’s legal architecture and documentation, and on proposed documentation for the trading of gas transmission capacity in connection with the hub. Read more
  • Australian Gas Networks (AGN) (formerly Envestra): advising AGN and its independent board committee in relation to APA Group’s $2.2 billion merger proposal by scheme of arrangement. At the time the merger was proposed, APA Group held a 33% interest in AGN, and was its largest shareholder.
  • Australia Pacific LNG: representing APLNG in the negotiation and administration of contracts for the construction of a series of gas and water pipelines and pipeline facilities, together with camps and associated works.
  • Cooper Energy: preparing and negotiating sale agreements and undertaking extensive due diligence investigations in two separate acquisitions of an aggregate 65% interest in the Basker Manta Gummy joint venture. Read more
  • Creasy Group: acting in the A$230 million sale of their 30% interest in the Nova Bollinger nickel project to Sirius Resources NL. Read more
  • Origin Energy: negotiating and drafting its highest value and most complex sale and purchase transactions. We also assisted in relation to price review processes under existing gas supply agreements, and negotiated two gas supply agreements valued at A$3 billion. Read more
  • Osaka Gas Niugini: advising Osaka Gas on a farm-in agreement and other issues with purchasing 40% of Horizon Oil’s interests in petroleum retention licences. Read more
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery was named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Energy Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Oil & Gas Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
  • "Johnson Winter & Slattery's level of service and knowledge of this specific area of the law is one of the best I have seen. And they are all about supplying support to the customer."– Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Peter Rose is a widely respected oil and gas specialist with valuable experience as an adviser on both state and Commonwealth legislation. Interviewees express "absolute confidence in relying on his expertise," with one saying he is "experienced and knowledgeable, and never afraid to speak up about items we may have missed." Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • James Marshall is recognised as a "highly experienced and commercial" practitioner. – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Michael Dulaney specialises in oil and gas matters with a particular expertise in LNG projects and was referred to by one source as "a fountain of knowledge." – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • Anthony Groom is praised by clients for his commitment and client service. – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • Michael Dulaney is recommended for his ‘strong oil and gas expertise’. – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
  • Jee-Seon Lee is recognised as an ‘electricity and gas expert with deep market knowledge’. – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery has ‘great industry knowledge, business acumen and responsiveness’Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
  • The 'practical' James Marshall is noted and Peter Smith is recommended in the category of Energy, Resources and Infrastructure. – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014

Leading lawyers

  • James Marshall, Paul Jardine, Martin Kudnig, Peter Rose, Michael Dulaney, Jee-Seon Lee, Peter Smith and Peter Slattery are named as leading lawyers in Oil & Gas Law. – Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
  • James Marshall, Paul Jardine, Martin Kudnig, Michael Dulaney, Rick Malone, Peter Smith and Peter Slattery are named as leading lawyers in Natural Resources Law. – Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
  • James Marshall, Martin Kudnig, Rick Malone and Peter Smith are named as leading lawyers in Mining Law.  – Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
  • Amanda Seaton is named as a leading lawyer in Climate Change Law. – Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
  • Anthony Groom, Amanda Seaton, Paul Turner, Paul Kasmer, Martin Kudnig, Rohan Madders, Peter Rose, Michael Dulaney, Jee-Seon Lee and Peter Smith are named as leading lawyers in Energy Law. – Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
  • Peter Rose is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources (Oil & Gas) Law. – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Anthony Groom, Michael Dulaney and James Marshall are recognised as leading lawyers in Energy, Resources & Infrastructure (Oil & Gas) Law. – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Rick Malone, Michael Dulaney and Peter Rose are recognised as leading lawyers in Energy, Resources & Infrastructure Law. – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
  • Amanda Seaton, Rohan Madders, Anthony Groom, Jee-Seon Lee, Peter Smith, Peter Rose and Paul Turner are recognised as leading lawyers in Energy Law. – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • Peter Smith, Michael Dulaney, James Marshall and Peter Slattery are recognised as leading lawyers in Oil & Gas. – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • Peter Smith, Rick Malone, James Marshall, Michael Dulaney and Peter Slattery are recognised as leading lawyers in Natural Resources. – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • Rohan Madders is recognised as a leading lawyer in Regulatory Practice. – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014

  • James Marshall is recognised as a leading lawyer in Mining Law. – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014