Energy & resources

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.

Experience

Recent deals

Ausdrill

Advised on its acquisition of leading Australian underground hard rock contractor, Barminco.

Alinta Energy

Assisting Alinta Energy in relation to the drafting and negotiation of a number of gas transportation agreements.

Australia Pacific LNG

Advised in relation to the negotiation and drafting of an agreement with QGC Pty Ltd and the participants in the QCLNG project for the long term supply of natural gas.

Enerven

Advised on the negotiation of an umbrella construction contract for installation of photovoltaic generating systems and battery systems at up to 73 SA water sites.

Gas Market Reform Group

Advised on the information access and arbitration arrangements for non-scheme pipelines, now implemented as Part 23 of the National Gas Rules.

Base Resources

Advised in relation to the project structuring for the construction and procurement contracting on the Toliara project (Madagascar).

GB Energy

Advised in the negotiation and drafting of a gas sale and a storage agreement with Origin Energy.

Senex Energy

Assisting with the negotiation and drafting of a Gas Supply Agreement, and a Raw Gas Supply and Water Transfer Agreement, both with the participants in the Gladstone LNG Project.

Silver Lake Resources

Advised on the power purchase agreement with Zenith Energy for 18.3 MW Gas Fired Power Station at Daisy Milano Gold Mines and associated LNG supply agreement.

South East Australia Gas

Advising on negotiation of haulage agreements for the use of Port Campbell to Adelaide Pipeline.

OZ Minerals

Advising in relation to a range of issues relating to the future supply of power to OZ Minerals' Prominent Hill and Carrapateena mines in South Australia.

Total S.A

Advised on its divestment of its interest in the Ichthys Project to operating partner INPEX.

People

Recognition

2020 Energy Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
Best Lawyers®
James Marshall and Peter Rose are ranked as leading lawyers in Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018-2020
Michael Dulaney is recognised as a Senior Statesperson in Energy, Resources & Infrastructure: Oil & Gas Law.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2020
Anthony Groom and Jee-Seon Lee are ranked as leading lawyers in Energy & Natural Resources: Utilities Law.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2020
"I would struggle to find anything to find fault with - which is why we keep going back."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2020
Jee-Seon Lee is described as an "incredibly commercial and very practical lawyer, good at seeing where a counterparty's pressure and concession points might be."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2020
Ranked as Band 3 in Energy, Resources & Infrastructure Law.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2020
2019 Oil & Gas Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
Best Lawyers®
2018 Energy Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
Best Lawyers®
2017 Oil & Gas Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
Best Lawyers®
Peter Rose is listed as a leading individual in Energy.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Michael Dulaney, Martin Kudnig, Jee-Seon Lee and Amanda Seaton are recommended in Energy Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Justin Harris, John Keeves, Martin Kudnig, Jee-Seon Lee, James Marshall and Paul Vinci are recommended in Natural Resources Law.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Michael Dulaney, Anthony Groom, Martin Kudnig, Jee-Seon Lee, Rohan Madders, Peter Rose, Amanda Seaton, Peter Smith and Paul Turner are listed as leading lawyers in Energy Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
Michael Dulaney, Paul Jardine, Martin Kudnig, Jee-Seon Lee, James Marshall, Peter Rose, Peter Slattery and Peter Smith are listed as leading lawyers in Oil & Gas Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
Michael Dulaney, Paul Jardine, Martin Kudnig, Rick Malone, James Marshall, Peter Slattery and Peter Smith are listed as leading lawyers in Natural Resources Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
Martin Kudnig, Rick Malone, James Marshall and Peter Smith are listed as leading lawyers in Mining Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
Amanda Seaton is listed as a leading lawyer in Climate Change Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
Johnson Winter & Slattery has ‘great industry knowledge, business acumen and responsiveness’.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
"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

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