Commercial Contracting

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

MinterEllison'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.

Port Kembla Harbour Expansion

Advised Port Kembla Port Corporation in relation to its project to expand the cargo handling facilities at Port Kembla. The project involved the expansion of cargo handling facilities, redevelopment of the terminal and construction of a new wharf which required dredging in the Inner Harbour. This transaction was widely considered to establish a new benchmark in transaction preparation and execution.

Qantas Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal 3

Led the $535million relinquishment of the Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal 3 to Sydney Airport Corporation for Qantas, including the negotiation of priority usage of Terminal 3 for the hosting of millions of Qantas passengers each year for the next decade. This involved the structured relinquishment of approx. 74,000 square metres, including 17 airport lounges gates, 24,000 sqm of office and other leasable space, 51 commercial outlets, three club lounges and 120 valet car parking spaces.

Melbourne Airport Southern Precinct Project

Assisted in its redevelopment of the Southern Precinct of Melbourne Airport and the provision of facilities at the new terminal to Jetstar and Tiger Airways.

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.

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.