Commercial Contracting

We have extensive experience in negotiating, drafting, interpreting and administrating contracts, memoranda of understanding, guarantees and indemnities.

Minter Ellison's lawyers specialise in drafting plain English documentation. From contracts for the supply of goods and services to joint ventures and major acquisition projects, we are well equipped to deal with the full range of tendering and contractual issues.

We draft and advise on many forms of contract including land acquisition agreements, construction agreements, procurement contracts, long-term supply and logistics arrangements and many other commercial agreements.

We have considerable expertise in the area of supply and general contract preparation. We also provide advice on standard terms and conditions along with procurement and sourcing strategies. This is combined with experience in interpreting and advising on regulatory legislation such as competition law, corporate governance and trade practices issues.

Melbourne Airport Southern Precinct Project

Assisted Melbourne Airport in the tender and contract execution phase of its Southern Precinct Program. Our hands on role included initial contract preparation, review of the invitation to tender and other related documents, review of tender responses and finally negotiation and completion of the contract with Melbourne Airport's preferred tenderer, Leighton Contractors. The Southern Precinct Program involves the construction of a new terminal, carpark and road network at Melbourne airport and includes baggage handling facilities, check-in kiosks and retail areas. Work is expected to commence in October 2013. Minter Ellison has also assisted Melbourne Airport in its negotiations with the airlines that will operate from the new terminal. Our role has included initial contract preparation and direct involvement in the negotiation process.

Ergon Energy procurement suite

Review and upgrade of Ergon Energy's key construction and procurement contracts (with the addition of new contracts as necessary) to facilitate Ergon Energy's business needs.

ENERGEX – Procurement Policies, Processes and Systems

Advised Energex on the auditing, development and integration of procurement policies, processes and systems. This included developing the tender conditions (standard and special) and tender documents, discussing the process and outcomes with tenderers, advising on associated tender issues, providing advice to the ENERGEX board, and daily matters such as developing tender and purchasing systems.