Project development in Australia

Ashurst

Ashurst is well known for its ability to deliver on the largest, iconic transport and other infrastructure projects and providing 'top quality technical skills with commercial practicality'. In addition to road and rail projects such as the Sydney Light Rail development, it also handles telecoms, resources/energy and university projects. Lee McDonald and Angus Foley head the team, Foley is in demand for his project management and finance skills; he is leading a team advising Sydney Motorway Corporation and Roads & Maritime Services on Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the A$15bn WestConnex Motorway Project. Grant Rowlands is advising the City of Melbourne on the construction and procurement arrangements for the city's historic Queen Victoria Market redevelopment and Alex Guy is a key advisor to Transport for NSW. Richard Guit, Harvey Weaver and the 'standout' Olivia Lau are other highly regarded partners. Providing 'highest level advice and intellectual input' junior partner Krista Payne is part of the teams on a number of large transport projects and Andrew Gay is noted for providing the real estate and native title assistance required on such projects.

Practice head(s):

Lee McDonald; Angus Foley

Testimonials

Great legal advice complemented with commercial/banking expertise for balanced client outcomes.’

The Ashurst team combines top quality technical skills with efficient practice and cost management and commercial practicality.’

Individuals work hard and have the required levels of expertise. Olivia Lau has been a standout partner for many years.’

Andrew Gay is knowledgeable of the market, delivers timely and cost-effective advice and is always responsive to changing needs of our business.’

Highest level legal advice and intellectual input from Krista Payne across the full spectrum of issues associated with world scale and complexity government infrastructure/PPP procurement is differentiated by having Angus Foley’s banking knowledge, usually with best credit skills in the room and diverse government project financing experience.’

Key clients

PANEL APPOINTMENTS

AGL

Apotex Inc

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Australian Unity Group

BP International Limited

Commonwealth Government of Australia

EnergyAustralia

General Electric Company

GFG Alliance (GFG)

LendLease

NBN Co Limited

NSW Government

Queensland Government

State Government of Victoria

Toll Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Main advisor to Sydney Metro on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest Project encompassing project structuring, procurement and contracts packages and handling the Macquarie Group Limited unsolicited proposal for the Martin Place Station and over station development.
  • Advised Phoenix Energy, the project company, on all aspects of the development and project financing of Australia’s first large-scale, waste-to-energy project, the A$1.5bn Kwinana project.
  • Advising Rail Projects Victoria on the procurement of the $1.75bn  RRR programme, a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments which will upgrade stations, signalling and track across every regional passenger train line in Victoria.

Clayton Utz

With a long-established government client roster, the 'innovative' Clayton Utz  group handles many of the most significant road and rail infrastructure projects. Its work involves private infrastructure developers in PPPs and publicly funded projects. Sergio Capelli, Stuart MacGregor (energy and resources-related projects) and Bruce Cooper (finance) are the group leaders who count Transport for NSW, the Queensland Government, Australian Rail Track Corporation and VicRoads among their clients, in addition to major resources/energy clients. Capelli is highlighted for 'delivering seminal projects in NSW', other key advisors include John Shirbin, Alan Maguire and Steven Murray, the latter handles major transport projects for both state and private sector clients. Joanna Pugsley's breadth of experience is noted including in relation to social infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Capelli; Stuart MacGregor; Bruce Cooper

Other key lawyers:

John Shirbin; Alan Maguire; Steven Murray; Joanne Pugsley

Testimonials

A diverse team with cross-practice collaboration. Deliver a superior quality work product, offering innovative solutions to project delivery.’

Innovation in contracting and a willingness to take on work slightly left of field.’

Sergio Capelli is experienced in delivering seminal projects in NSW,  highly skilled  front-end lawyers capable of devising and delivering complex delivery models.’

Lina Fischer is highly communicative, delivers a work product which satisfies the brief provided.

Jo Pugsley brings her breadth of experience, working across the public and private sectors, to contribute to the competitiveness of the commercial solution.’

Key clients

State of Victoria (North East Link)

Adani Group (Carmichael Mine and Rail project)

Australian Rail Track Corporation

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Department of Treasury

Finance & Major Infrastructure Authority

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Road and Maritime Services

Queensland Government

Brisbane City Council

Major Road Projects Victoria

Tianqi Lithium Corporation

Sydney Metro

Transport Canberra and City Services (formerly Capital Metro Agency)

Australia Pacific LNG

Energy Queensland

Senex Energy

Squadron Energy Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the State of Victoria on all aspects of the planning and development for the North East Link, including the preparation of the business case, delivery strategy, procurement documentation and the development of legislation strategy to facilitate the tolling and operation of the project that will span 26 kilometers with an estimated cost of up to A$16.5bn.
  • Continues to advise Adani Group companies on a wide range of matters relating to its ambitious  Carmichael Mine and Rail project including all aspects of the integration of the project into the Abbot Point Terminal.
  • Acting as strategic and legal counsel to the Australian Rail Track Corporation for 14 of the 17 packages that make up the A$9.3bn inland rail project. The 1700km inland rail will provide freight routes connecting Australia to domestic and international markets and involves over 50 different utility owners, local councils, state agencies and other authorities.

King & Wood Mallesons

Mark Upfold heads the team at King & Wood Mallesons that attracts corporate, finance and projects mandates relating to road and rail developments and projects in the resources/energy markets as well as social infrastructure. Upfold advises on transactions and financing; he is acting for Qube Holdings in negotiating the terms regarding the development and operation of the Moorebank Intermodal project in New South Wales. Chris Mitchell is a key advisor offering decades of experience in infrastructure projects, PPPs and residential developments. Craig Rogers specialises in the development of energy and resources projects and project financing;  Hamish Macpherson has joined from  White & Case LLP and Peter Doyle departed in mid 2019 for Gilbert + Tobin.

Practice head(s):

Mark Upfold

Key clients

APA Group

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Australia Pacific Airports

Australian Rail Track Corporation

Bluescope

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Destination Brisbane Consortium

Dexus

ENGIE

Glencore

Infrastructure NSW

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Perth Airport Limited

Port of Melbourne

Qube Holdings

Rio Tinto Limited

Sydney Airport Corporation

Transport for NSW

Transurban

University of Canberra

Walker Corporation

Winning International Group Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Transurban, the Sydney Transport Partners consortium on their winning A$9.3bn bid to acquire 51% of the WestConnex toll road.
  • Advising TfNSW in relation to strategic and project structuring, construction, property, planning and environment, rail safety, workplace health and safety and tax relating to the A$3.5bn Parramatta Light Rail project.
  • Advising Australian Rail Track Corporation on strategy and project structuring and construction in relation to three projects including the inland rail Gowrie to Kagaru PPP.  

Minter Ellison

Led by Peter Wood and Virginia Briggs, Minter Ellison has 'depth across the nation' in providing a comprehensive range of specialisms in respect of projects with infrastructure, construction and property/planning sitting as an integrated team. Wood has a track record especially for dealing with construction/infrastructure disputes and arbitrations. The 'legendary' Stewart Nankervis is well known for his expertise on road and schools PPPs as are Pamela Jack and Ellizabeth McKechnie. The team has been involved in billion dollar projects such as acting for TfNSW on the new intercity fleet project.  Nicole Green and Jonathan Williams are also noted for their work on infrastructure and PPP matters. Owen Cooper is highlighted for 'managing a great team of upcoming and experienced senior associates and associates'.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wood; Virginia Briggs

Testimonials

‘They have real depth across the nation.’

The team is very experienced in this sector and does not only provide black letter legal advice but can also assist with my team’s development of alternative commercial solutions to overcome an impasse. They are very accessible and provide timely support and assistance as required (even on short notice).’

Owen Cooper is a practical and very capable advisor – he not only looks at legal concerns but provides solutions which could be adopted.  He is very dilligent and detailed, and manages a great team of upcoming and experienced senior associates and associates.  Owen does not hold back when required and able to convince opposing counsel why certain positions need to be adopted as compromises rather than just sticking for their clients’ positions.’

Key clients

State Governments and various State government entities

Lendlease

CIMIC

John Holland

Dexus

AMP

Mirvac

Zurich

Challenger

Cushman & Wakefield

Brookfield / Multiplex

Work highlights

  • Advised various government and private clients on a number of correctional centres in Australia and New Zealand including the new Grafton Correction Centre, Parklea Correctional Centre and Waikeria Prison.
  • Advised Transport for Victoria,  Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and Transport for NSW on a range of transport infrastructure matters, valued at several billion dollars.
  • Advising Roads and Maritime Services on its  alliance contracts for all projects utilising this procurement method including the A$500m upgrade of the Newell Highway
  • Advised HRL Morrison & Co, Spotless, AMP Capital and Macquarie Capital on various student accommodation developments at Australian National University and University of Melbourne (with a combined project value of almost A$1bn.

White & Case

At White & Case LLP, Andrew Clark in Melbourne has a leading role advising Rail Projects Victoria on the A$11bn Melbourne metro rail project. With 'great depth of  experience' a sizeable team includes the 'pragmatic and commercial' Alan Rosengarten who is a 'pleasure to deal with';  Joanne Draper who advises on major infrastructure projects and Adeline Pang who has a focus on energy projects. Other senior members of a team that is across project development, financing, construction and related areas, such as planning and environment, include Tim Powers, Brendan Quinn, Josh Sgro and Joel Rennie. Hamish MacPherson has departed for King & Wood Mallesons and Brad Strahorn  (infrastructure disputes) and Nirangjan Nagarajah  (M&A) have joined from Herbert Smith Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin  respectively.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clark

Testimonials

Great depth of experience in our sector. The team really understand our business and have helped us to deliver a large number of very significant and complex projects.’

Very commercial and pragmatic. They are true trusted advisors.’

Alan Rosengarten has an encyclopedic memory when it comes to our business. His ability to recall detail is quite extraordinary. He has an excellent manner, and extraordinary work ethic and a real ability to drive a very complex deal to completion. Alan is a true trusted advisor to our business.’

Key clients

Rail Projects Victoria – Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project

Farm Pty Ltd

Neoen Australia Pty Ltd

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd

FRV Services Australia Pty Ltd

John Holland Pty Ltd

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

ESCO Pacific Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Transurban Limited on all aspects of Transurban’s market-led proposal to the Victorian Government to build the A$6.7bn West Gate Tunnel.
  • Advisor to John Holland Pty Ltd as AMFMS contractor in the Qonnect consortium’s bid for the Cross River Rail Project in Brisbane valued at A$5.4bn.
  • Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners as sponsor on the development and project financing of the 600 MW Changfang and Xidao offshore wind projects off the coast of Changhua County in Taiwan.

Allens

At Allens, Emma Warren leads the projects and development practice and David Donnelly heads infrastructure and transport. An expansive team can deliver projects from the development and financing stages through to completion and any resulting disputes in the transport, energy and resources sectors. Warren is highly experienced in advising on major projects such as the Sydney (north-west) Metro project and Donnelly has advised on a substantial number of PPPs in the social and transport infrastructure sectors in addition to projects in energy. Nicholas Ng in Brisbane and Mark McAleer in Perth handle areas such as procurement and delivery of major infrastructure mandates in the transport and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Emma Warren; David Donnelly

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Ng; Mark McAleer

Key clients

NSW Treasury and Transport for New South Wales

The lending syndicate including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation & Macquarie Capital (Australia) Ltd

Northwest Rapid Transit SPV

Snowy Hydro

The GEO Group Australia

JERA CO  Inc/AIE

John Laing

Woodside Energy Limited

InfraRed Capital

Australian Industrial Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised the NSW Treasury on the disposal of its 51% interest in the WestConnex Toll Roads.
  • Advising the Northwest Rapid Transit SPV on the delivery of the Sydney Metro project. Advising on its delivery of Sydney Metro Northwest (formerly the North West Rail Link), covering a range of legal issues including those relating to delays, completion and mobilisation issues.
  • Advised on procurement, and commercial aspects of the expansion of Fulham Prison, which will see 102 beds added to the current contract capacity of 947 beds and an upgrade of the Centre’s existing facilities.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

At Corrs Chambers WestgarthAndrew Stephenson in Melbourne and Matthew Muir in Brisbane head up the projects practice. Airlie Fox has a wealth of experience in transport infrastructure and PPP projects as does David Warren,  Peter Schenk, John Walter and Andrew Chew. In Sydney, Michael Earwacker and special counsel Carla Mills take on related disputes on behalf of contractors and government clients. The team is entrusted with mandates involving road and rail developments, major PPPs in the health sector and projects in the energy industries. Simon Ashworth has left to join K&L Gates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stephenson; Matthew Muir

Key clients

Santos

Lend Lease

Laing O’Rourke

Downer Engineering

CIMIC

John Holland

Woodside Energy

Bombardier

Pacific Partnerships

Shell

UGL Limited

Queensland Government

Victorian Government

Coles (Wesfarmers)

Western Australia Government

Acciona

Fulton Hogan

Fortescue Metals Group

HDI Lucas

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bombardier Transportation, a rail technology leader in trains and light rail, in relation to the A$4.4bn Queensland New Generation Rolling Stock  Project, which involves the design and construction of a purpose-built maintenance centre and 75 trains.
  • Acted for Coles Group, the Australian supermarket chain, in relation to the delivery of two state-of-the-art new ambient automated distribution centres in Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Representing the group of Cross River Rail contractors on major mandates linked to the A$5.4bn Cross River Rail  project, which is the Queensland Government’s highest priority infrastructure project (and designated as a High Priority Initiative by Infrastructure Australia) and valued at A$5.4bn.  

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills is home to 'respected industry leaders' who undertake infrastructure projects in the road, rail, mining and energy sectors and includes PPP and social infrastructure specialists within the practice. Toby Anderson who heads the Asia-Pacific projects practice, advises both Australian and off-shore clients, especially on large-scale power/renewables and gas projects. Geoff Hansen is a senior member of the construction and infrastructure disputes group and David Ryan is the sector lead on infrastructure and transport – he led the team advising the CIMIC Group-led  consortium on its bid to acquire a 51% interest in the WestConnex motorway. The practice's offering is rounded off with construction expertise and the top-flight project finance team headed by Erin Wakelin.

Practice head(s):

Toby Anderson; David Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Hansen; Erin Wakelin

Testimonials

Exceptional, stand-out knowledge of the sector; super responsive and available; very commercial.’

Key clients

PowerChina and Goldwind

Alinta Energy

Roads and Maritime Services

Momentum Trains Consortium

Macquarie Group

CIMIC

Rail Projects Victoria

NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Tilt Renewables

Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corporation

Carmichael Rail Network

Samsung C&T

Work highlights

  • Advising Roads and Maritime Services on the Rozelle interchange Project (Stage 3B of the WestConnex motorway) an A$3.9bn overall project.
  • Advising the Momentum Trains consortium which has been selected by Transport for NSW to deliver the Regional Rail Project as a design, build, finance and maintain contract. Momentum Trains will deliver a new regional rail fleet and a new maintenance facility in Dubbo, New South Wales.
  • Advising Macquarie Group Limited in relation to its unsolicited proposal to the NSW Government in respect of the Sydney Metro Martin Place Station and the development of a fully integrated over station development solution.

DLA Piper

The 'knowledgeable and proficient' team at DLA Piper serves both domestic and international clients largely in relation to infrastructure in the energy and resources sectors. Alex Jones in Perth and Stephen Webb in Brisbane are the practice leaders and Kate Papailiou is recommended for project finance and development work. The firm can provide a full service that includes real estate, planning and native title issues. John Gallagher is noted for his construction and infrastructure/PPP experience.

Practice head(s):

Alex Jones; Stephen Webb

Other key lawyers:

John Gallagher; Kate Papailiou

Testimonials

An holistic team with depth of resources. Dedicated partners that work with you every step of the way, including the long hours when they’re necessary.

Kate Papailiou is enthusiastic, hard working and sensible.  Kate was of tremendous assistance closing our deal.

The team has a broad cross section of legal support that is required to develop a project from native title, tenure, off take negotiations through to project financing along with project development contract requirements.’

The team are all knowledgeable and proficient in their area of expertise. Also willing to put in the extra effort and hours to get the job done.’

Key clients

Southern Cross LCT Pty Ltd

Arrow Minerals Limited

Alliance Mineral Assets Limited

GBM Gold Ltd

Byrnecut UK Ltd

Mining Plus UK Limited

Podium Minerals Limited

Birimian Limited

EV Metals Group PLC

Matador Mining Limited

Bullseye Mining Limited

Societe des Mines de Finkolo S.A

Maroon Gold Pty Ltd

Auctus Minerals

Kalium Lakes Limited

Resolute Mining Limited

Alliance Mining Commodities Limited

Government of Timor-Leste – Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM); Maritime Boundary Office

APA Group

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd

Essential Energy

Transport for NSW

Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Australian Renewable Energy Agency  (ARENA)

Excel RE Holdings Pty Ltd as trustee of the Excel RE (a JV between Blue Sky and Goldman Sachs)

Atira Student Living (as related party operator)

Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for NSW on the procurement options and contractual structures available to it.
  • Advising the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan in relation to the development of a general clinical hospital with 300 beds at the Karaganda State Medical University in Karaganda city, Kazakhstan.
  • Acting for Kalium Lakes Limited on the development of the A$220m Beyondie Sulphate of Potash project in Western Australia.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson has an integrated construction and infrastructure, planning, environment and real estate practice with expertise in various sectors, particularly resources. Its clients come from domestic, international and government arenas and there is a steady flow of work from a range of well-known international firms. Matt Bradbury's broad experience includes disputes; he acted for Transport for NSW in reaching a settlement with its head contractor. Other well-regarded practitioners include Russell Thirgood (disputes and arbitration) and the highly experienced Michael Rochester who has more than 25 years of experience in delivering projects. The practice is also home to a significant team of senior associates/associates.

Testimonials

They are personable and practical and come up with good constructive solutions. Your matters are not fobbed off to junior members – you deal with the designated project manager to get things done.’

Key clients

Whitehaven Coal Limited

Peabody Coal Limited

Adani [Coal] Limited

Sojitz Coal Mining Pty Ltd

Elliott Advisors Group

CS Energy Limited

Yuhu Group

Water NSW

Broadspectrum

Gloucester Resources Limited

New Hope Corporation Limited

Various Local Governments

Mitsubishi Development

Batchfire Resources

Bounty Mining

NQ Minerals

Evolution Mining Limited

GraphiteCorp Limited

Middlemount Coal Pty Ltd

Metro Mining Limited

Senex Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising WaterNSW, as owner and operator of the Warragamba Dam, on all aspects of the dam wall raising project, including more recently including the planning and environmental approval pathway for the delivery of the A$600m Warragamba Dam Upgrade.
  • Advising on all aspects of the A$200m Darwin City Council’s City Deal a joint initiative between the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government  and City of Darwin Council to deliver a 10-year plan for the Darwin City Centre.
  • Advised Marubeni Infrastructure in respect of its equity stake on the Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project.

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Jo Crew leads the infrastructure and project finance group; she is especially highly rated for the project finance side of her practice. Kevin Arkwright advises a range of government clients on major infrastructure and PPP matters in areas such as transport, telecoms and health and the team has a strong focus on infrastructure projects in the energy industries in addition to transport and social infrastructure. Other key team members include Emanuel Confos (construction and engineering) and a number of project finance  and construction partners. It also provides a full range of related specialisms including in corporate, environment and insurance.

Practice head(s):

Jo Crew

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Arkwright; Emanuel Confos

Key clients

ACCIONA Infrastructure

Lendlease

John Holland Group

Brookfield / Multiplex

Capella Capital

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

Macquarie Capital

Downer Group

Salini Impregilo

Clough

Samsung C&T Corp

Grocon

Transport for NSW

Roads and Maritime Services

City of Sydney

Goldwind Australia

OMERS Infrastructure

Maoneng Australia

McConnell Dowell

Vestas

Department of Defence

Qube RE Services

Airservices Australia

Urbanest

University of Wollongong

China Railway Construction Engineering

Anglicare

Thales Australia Limited

Great River City Light Rail

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Dutch Infrastructure Fund, a leading investment firm investing in both greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets globally, on the Kwinana Waste to Energy plant project.
  • Continues to act for Urbanest as investor and manager of the student accommodation that is being developed as part of the larger project known as the mixed use Carlton Connect Initiative.
  • Advising Thales as a provider of key rail systems for Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project (Metro City & Southwest). Stage 2 involves a new 30km metro line from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, through new CBD stations and southwest to Bankstown. Thales is providing the central control systems and communications across the 30km section.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP is in high demand for its notable project finance skills, especially in the energy sector, which is combined with a project development aspect and its cross-border reach. The practice is headed by Adam Stapledon  and Peter Wilkes who have broad funding expertise. David Christensen is also well rated for acting for sponsors and lenders on the financing of international and domestic infrastructure and energy. Simon Huxley, who joined from DLA Piper in mid-2018, adds valued project development expertise; he was part of the team advising Fluence Energy on its participation in a project for the supply and installation of a large grid connected battery system in Victoria.

Practice head(s):

Adam Stapledon; Peter Wilkes

Other key lawyers:

David Christensen; Simon Huxley

Testimonials

Proficient, commercially sound and consistently responsive.

Key clients

Palisade Investment Partners

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

EMR Capital

Capricorn Copper Pty Ltd

Pilbara Minerals

Fluence Energy

Fortescue Metals Group

Port of Melbourne

ARENA (The Australian Renewable Energy Agency)

Work highlights

  • Advised the financiers (ANZ, BTMU and Westpac) in connection with the development of a 112MW Granville Harbour Wind Farm in Tasmania.
  • Advised Palisade Investment Partners on the acquisition of remaining 50% interests in the Port of Portland.
  • Advised Sino Gas & Energy Holdings on the refinancing and extension of an existing facility to fund the development of the client’s onshore gas projects in the Ordos Basin, China.

Baker McKenzie

Sean Duffy and Mathieu Hanaut oversee Baker McKenzie's energy, mining and infrastructure work - handling many large-scale domestic and cross-border transactions in those sectors. Duffy acts for sponsors, financiers, contractors and governments on sales, acquisitions, restructurings and project financings and Hanaut advises international companies on their investments and operations in the resources sector in Asia-Pacific and beyond. Zoe Hilson also has extensive experience in energy infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Sean Duffy; Mathieu Hanaut

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Hilson

Key clients

SolarReserve

Neoen

Alinta Energy

Origin Energy

Delta Electricity

Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Genex

DP Energy

Ausgrid

Clean TeQ

Work highlights

  • Advising DP Energy in respect of the project development and proposed sale of its unique combined wind and solar project in Port Augusta, South Australia.
  • Acting for Genex Power Limited, as sponsor in respect of the development, equity investment and financing of the Kidston renewable energy hub
  • Advising the Government of Vanuatu in relation to the Luganville electricity concession, which includes the generation, distribution and retailing of energy on one of Vanuatu’s largest islands and surrounds.

K&L Gates

Based in Melbourne, Luke Westmore and Zac Kerr head a compact practice at K&L Gates that assists clients with projects in the road, rail, port, social infrastructure and energy areas - especially renewables. Seasoned practitioner Simon Ashworth who joined the team from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, brings impressive expertise  in these sectors including PPP experience.

Practice head(s):

Luke Westmore; Zac Kerr

Other key lawyers:

Simon Ashworth

Key clients

RATCH Australia

Elecnor

Belectric

Acciona Construction

UGL

AusNet Services

CPB Constructors

Programmed FM

Work highlights

  • Acting for Belectric, a subsidiary of German energy company Innogy SE, in its appointed by Downer Group to construct the Limondale Solar Farm in southern New South Wales.
  • Advised Windlab Limited, the project sponsor on the full suite of project documents in relation to the development of the Lakeland Wind Farm located 60km south west of Cooktown in Queensland, Australia.
  • Advising Curtin University on its delivery of a Stage One development plan, which includes: 2,000 student beds across a range of accommodation types and staged delivery, academic facilities and research space, mixed retail, short stay accommodation for staff and visitors, commercial office space and car parking infrastructure.