Peter Rose Partner

Meet Peter

Peter is a commercial and competition lawyer specialising in the energy and resources sector.

He assists clients to implement a wide range of commercial transactions including joint ventures, commodity sales and transportation agreements and negotiated share and asset acquisitions.

Peter has advised extensively on State and Commonwealth mining and petroleum legislation, as well as gas and electricity industry regulation and access issues. He also has strong expertise in competition law including dealing with the ACCC on a broad range of matters such as authorisation applications and informal merger clearance processes.

He has lectured on energy regulation law and policy, and written and presented numerous papers on competition and regulatory issues affecting the Australian gas industry.


Energy & Resources

Japanese trading houses

Advising Japanese trading houses in relation to bids to acquire an interest in the Queensland Curtis LNG project and the Gladstone LNG project.


Advising a potential bidder for an interest in the Kitan oil field in the Timor Sea. Advising a consortium bidder for the assets of Alinta Energy.

Brookfield Infrastructure

Advising in relation to its competitive tender bid to acquire the Abbot Point Coal Terminal from the State of Queensland including comprehensive due diligence review of all material construction contracts and user agreements.

NSW Treasury

Advising in relation to the proposed privatisation of the NSW generators specifically with regard to coal supply arrangements.

Origin Energy

Advice on gas sale and purchase agreements and gas transportation agreements. Advice on joint venture and unitisation issues. Assistance with gas price reviews.


Drafting and advising in relation to gas transmission agreement for transportation of gas on Tasmanian Gas Pipeline.

Total E&P Australia

Negotiation and drafting of LNG sale and purchase agreements with Petronas and KOGAS.

Competition & Access Regulation

Beach Petroleum

Advice in relation to competition law implications of gas marketing arrangements. Advice in relation to pipeline and processing plant access issues.

Brookfield Infrastructure

Advice on competition law implications of proposed acquisition of Abbot Point coal terminal.

Origin Energy

Advice on competition law implications of proposed acquisitions in the energy sector. Advice on competition law implications of long term gas sale and purchase agreement.

Queensland Competition Authority

Advising in relation to rail access regulation.


Island Power (InterGen)

Advice regarding Indonesian oil & gas law and gas industry regulation in Singapore, including pipeline access issues.

Island Power (InterGen)

Negotiation and drafting of gas sales and transportation agreements for supply of gas from South Sumatra to proposed 800MW CCGT power station to be constructed on Jurong Island, Singapore.

Island Power (InterGen)

Negotiating and drafting agreement for supply and storage of back-up fuel for power station.

Island Power (InterGen)

Reviewing and drafting submissions in relation to proposed Singapore Gas Network Code.


Named “Melbourne Lawyer of the Year” (as judged by his peers) for Energy Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Energy Law, Oil & Gas Law and Regulatory Practice
Best Lawyers Australia, 2008 - 2020
Ranked as a Band 1 Energy & Natural Resources lawyer (Oil & Gas)
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017-2020
Recognised as a leading lawyer in Energy (Transactions and Regulatory)
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017-2018
Recognised as one of the 'most highly regarded' Energy, Natural Resources & Mining lawyers in Australia
Who's Who Legal, 2017
Recognised as a leading Energy & Resources lawyer in Victoria
Doyles Guide, 2017
Recommended in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide to Asia’s Commercial Law Firms 2014, the International Who’s Who of Energy Lawyers and Mining Lawyers 2013, and the International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers 2012.
Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide
Peter is described as a "clear communicator" who "does a good job of listening to our problems, providing options on different ways of reaching solutions, and getting the resolutions we are looking for." They further note that he is the kind of lawyer who "can slug it out with his sleeves rolled up" when necessary.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2020
"[Peter Rose] is very experienced in energy, he is detailed but not fussy and is able to assist in prioritising legal risk."
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016
Head of department Peter Rose is highly regarded, particularly in the oil and gas sector and in respect of competition matters in the industry. "He has a great breadth and depth of knowledge in the industry and is a great communicator. He goes above and beyond in the interest of the company.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
Peter Rose heads the department and has a "very strong and quite justified reputation" as one of the pre-eminent gas lawyers in Australia, with one client reporting that there is "resistance within our organisation to our using anyone but him."
Best Lawyers Australia, 2013

Career & qualifications


  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University


  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association
  • Member of Editorial Board – Australian Energy and Resources Law Journal

International experience

  • providing advice to Island Power (InterGen) regarding Indonesian oil & gas law and gas industry regulation in Singapore, including pipeline access issues.

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External publications

  • ‘Gold Financing – The Borrower’s Perspective’ 1987 AMPLA Yearbook 163.
  • ‘Resources Joint Ventures and the Trade Practices Act 1974’ (1991) Vol 9 No 2 Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law 95.
  • ‘Marine Oil Pollution Laws in Australia’ 1991 AMPLA Yearbook 175.
  • ‘The QIW Case and Section 87B Undertakings’ (1996) Vol 14 No 3 Company Securities Law Journal 175.
  • ‘Authorisation of Joint Venture Marketing: North West Shelf Project Authorisation’ (1998) Vol 17 No 4 AMPLA Journal 379.
  • ‘Third Party Access to Upstream Facilities’ [1999] AMPLA Yearbook 164.
  • ‘Long Term Gas Sales Agreements – Trade Practices Implications’ (2001) Vol 20 No 2 AMPLA Journal 165.
  • ‘Gas Industry Developments and Recommendations’ [2004] AMPLA Yearbook 386.
  • ‘Joint Marketing of Natural Gas: Competition Law Issues’ [2006] AMPLA Yearbook 392.
  • ‘Are the North West Shelf Venture’s Joint Marketing Days Numbered?’ (2009) Vol 28 No 1 Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal 1.
  • ‘Access Regulation of Port and Rail Infrastructure’ [2012] AMPLA Yearbook 15.
  • 'Whose molecule is it, anyway? Gas molecule ownership from reservoir to burner tip' (2015) Vol 34 No 1 Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal 55