Oil & Gas

We have established one of Australia’s premier oil and gas practices, with a detailed understanding of the legal, commercial and technical issues associated with the oil and gas industry through a range of transactions.

Our experience extends from resource exploration, through production, processing, trading, haulage and shipping, to sale. It also includes:

  • advising on permitting, native title, environmental and regulatory matters
  • structuring of exploration and production joint ventures, including unitised joint ventures
  • preparation and negotiation of all forms of project agreements, including joint operating agreements and production sharing contracts
  • acquisition of petroleum interests, including undertaking due diligence and drafting sale and purchase agreements, bidding agreements and farm-in agreements
  • drafting drilling contracts and oilfield services agreements
  • negotiating and drafting sales contracts, swap agreements and storage contracts
  • representation in price review negotiations and arbitrations
  • LNG project structuring, LNG SPAs and LNG plant construction
  • pipeline third party access arrangements and transportation agreements
  • pipeline corridor acquisition and construction contracts
  • project financing
  • trading and hedging arrangements.
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Oil & Gas Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia
  • Peter Rose is recognised as a Band 1 Energy & Natural Resources lawyer (Oil & Gas) – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • Michael Dulaney is recognised as a leading lawyer in Oil & Gas Law – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • James Marshall is recognised as a leading lawyer in Oil & Gas – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • Peter Slattery is recognised as leading lawyer in Oil & Gas – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • Peter Smith is recognised as a leading lawyer in Oil & Gas – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • 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," reported one source. – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • 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