Peter Smith Partner

Peter is a corporate lawyer specialising in servicing the energy and resources sector, offering particular expertise in construction in the oil and gas industry.

He assists clients with acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, farm ins, capital raising, debt finance, construction and project development.

Peter has advised on a variety of large construction projects including offshore construction and installation of liquids, gas and LNG facilities. He also has advised on the construction and leasing of several FPSOs.

Previously Peter worked as an in-house counsel and company secretary for an ASX listed mining company. He is listed as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Construction/Infrastructure, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Natural Resources and Oil & Gas Law in Best Lawyers Australia.


General experience

BC Iron

Acted for BC Iron on the acquisition of a 25% interest in the Nullagine Joint Venture from FMG for $190 million.

Novo Resources Corp.

Advising on numerous acquisitions and farm-ins in Western Australia.

GB Energy Holdings Limited

Advised on the development of its landmark underground gas storage project in Gippsland, Victoria.

Mark Creasy

Advised on the sale of 30% of the Nova-Bollinger nickel copper project for $230 million.

BC Iron

Acted for BC Iron on the acquisition of a 25% interest in the Nullagine Joint Venture from FMG for $190 million.


Advised on farm out of WA-408-P interests to Murphy Oil and Santos and joint operating agreement, advised on Ichthys Project and GLNG Project.


Advised on farmout of a 35% interest in Brazil blocks to Pacific Rubiales for up to US$210 million.


Advised on construction contracts for Bayu Undan Gas Recycle Project, FPSO “Liberdade”, 500km subsea pipeline and Darwin LNG Plant.


Ranked as a leading lawyer in energy and natural resources: oil & gas
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2021
Recognised in mergers and acquisitions, energy, natural resources, oil & gas, mining, and construction/infrastructure law
Best Lawyers, since 2014
Recommended lawyer in energy & resources law
Doyle's Guide, since 2016

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Jurisprudence, University of Western Australia


  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Law Society of South Australia