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.

It comes down to the quality of the very good senior people, and the expertise and insight they are able to bring.
Chambers Asia-Pacific

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.


Recent deals


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

Ambassador Oil and Gas

Acting for Ambassador Oil & Gas in connection with the takeover offers made by Drillsearch Energy and Magnum Hunter Resources.

Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

AEMO has established a new web-based trading platform for trading short-term gas, known as the Gas Supply Hub. We provided external legal support to AEMO’s in-house team on the design of the hub’s legal architecture and documentation, and on proposed documentation for the trading of gas transmission capacity in connection with the hub.

Australian Gas Networks (AGN)

Advising AGN and its independent board committee in relation to APA Group’s $2.2 billion merger proposal by scheme of arrangement. At the time the merger was proposed, APA Group held a 33% interest in AGN, and was its largest shareholder.

Australia Pacific LNG

Representing APLNG in the negotiation and administration of contracts for the construction of a series of gas and water pipelines and pipeline facilities, together with camps and associated works.

Base Resources

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

Cooper Energy

Preparing and negotiating sale agreements and undertaking extensive due diligence investigations in two separate acquisitions of an aggregate 65% interest in the Basker Manta Gummy joint venture.

Creasy Group

Acting in the A$230 million sale of their 30% interest in the Nova Bollinger nickel project to Sirius Resources NL.

Origin Energy

Negotiating and drafting its highest value and most complex sale and purchase transactions. We also assisted in relation to price review processes under existing gas supply agreements, and negotiated two gas supply agreements valued at A$3 billion.

Osaka Gas Niugini

Advising Osaka Gas on a farm-in agreement and other issues with purchasing 40% of Horizon Oil’s interests in petroleum retention licences.

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.

State of South Australia

Advised on its Energy Reform Plan, including the procurement of a large scale grid connected battery (funded by the SA renewable Technology Fund).


Advised on its divestment of 4% of its participating interest in the Icthys LNG Project to operating partner INPEX for an overall consideration of US$1.6 billion.



2020 Energy Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
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2019 Oil & Gas Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
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2018 Energy Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
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2017 Oil & Gas Law "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia.
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Michael Dulaney, James Marshall and Peter Rose are ranked as leading lawyers in Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Anthony Groom is ranked as a leading lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources: Utilities
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
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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