Richard Lilly Partner

Meet Richard

Richard practises commercial dispute resolution, with particular experience in the disputes that arise in the energy and resources sectors.

He has appeared as counsel at all levels of Courts in Western Australia, and in the Federal Court of Australia.

Richard is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Construction and Infrastructure Committees of the Law Society of Western Australia. He is also the Chairman of the WA Gas Retail Market Compliance Panel of the Australian Energy Market Operator.

He has been recommended by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution. Richard has been recognised by Best Lawyers as a leading lawyer in both Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation each year since 2014, and in Construction/Infrastructure Law since 2016. He has also been recognised by Doyles as a Leading Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Lawyer since 2016.

Experience

Oil and gas disputes

Bluewater

Advising on various major disputes concerning the charter of an FPSO for Eni's Kitan Project.

Cooper Energy

Acting in relation to litigation against Grup Servicii Petroliere regarding drilling work, and in an international arbitration against joint venturers, on an oil and gas project in Tunisia.

Forum Energy Technologies

Acting in Supreme Court litigation against Sapura Clough in relation to Chevron's Gorgon Project.

Mining disputes

BC Iron

Acting in Supreme Court litigation against a former mining services contractor, Watpac.

Coolgardie Minerals

Acting in Supreme Court litigation against a subsidiary of Bulletin Resources in relation to a mining proposal.

Macarthur Minerals

Acting in Supreme Court litigation against various parties in relation to a pre-emptive right to acquire mining tenements.

Other major disputes

ATCO Australia

Acting in Supreme Court of Victoria litigation against Orion Corporate Advisory arising out of the circumstances of a major asset acquisition.

Macquarie Bank

Acting in Supreme Court litigation concerning the adequacy of a Product Disclosure Statement under Part VII of the Corporations Act 2001.

Quintis

Defending three shareholder class actions in the Federal Court.

Recognition

Recognised as a recommended Dispute Resolution lawyer
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Listed as a leading lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Best Lawyers Australia, 2014 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Construction/Infrastructure Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2017 - 2020
Recognised as a recommended Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution lawyer
Doyles, 2016-2018

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Western Australia

Memberships

  • Chairman of the WA Gas Retail Markets Compliance Panel of Australian Energy Market Operator
  • The Law Society of Western Australia
  • The Law Society of South Australia
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Law Society of Western Australia
  • Construction and Infrastructure Committee, Law Society of Western Australia

International experience

  • Assisted clients all over the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Europe, Singapore, Japan, China, India and South Korea

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Recourse to bank guarantees Pt II

The various decisions handed down in this litigation (from Courts of all levels) confirm the conventional position in Australia in relation to unconditional guarantees.

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High Court warns to take care with 'reasonable endeavours' clauses

The case of Electricity Generation Corporation T/As Verve Energy v Woodside Energy Ltd & Ors [2014] HCA 7 (5 March 2014) provides the latest guidance on drafting 'reasonable endeavours' clauses.

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Consequential loss revisited: Regional Power v Pacific Hydro Group [2013] WASC 356

In the October 2013 issue of Acumen, we gave an overview of the divergence in approach of courts in England, Australia and New Zealand in the interpretation of “consequential” or “indirect” loss...

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