Case Studies

  • Case Study: A new form of energy network ownership - TransÉnergie (a subsidiary of Hydro-Quebec) entered the Australian energy market some years ago, with an innovative model to deal with transmission constraints. The regulatory framework did not contemplate the model, under which the network owner/operator earned revenue by bidding capacity into the market rather than receiving regulated returns.
  • Case Study: Acquisition to acquire Slack Technologies - In 2021, global software giant Salesforce proposed to acquire Slack Technologies, an enterprise collaboration platform, for $27.7billion.
  • Case Study: Automotive Class Action - Our automotive client faced multiple class actions and associated enforcement proceedings by the ACCC arising from admissions made in the United States about the presence of technology in its vehicles which enabled them to meet emissions limits, but which operated differently when on the road.
  • Case Study: Connecting the Southern Downs Renewable Energy Zone to the National Electricity Market - We advised CEFC on its $160 million financing commitment to Powerlink, which will be used to support the Southern Downs Renewable Energy Zone (REZ). Our work extended to advising on upsizing transmission and grid infrastructure required to connect the MacIntyre Wind Farm and the 103MW Karara Wind Farm in Queensland to the NEM.
  • Case Study: Cross River Rail - Cross River Rail is $5B major infrastructure project delivering a 10.2 kilometre rail line through inner city Brisbane including 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and CBD.
  • Case Study: Cyber-attack against transport provider - An Australian transport provider created online contact forms so customers could submit requests to its various customer service teams. These contact forms collected a range of data, including Personally Identifiable Information and Financial Information. The information entered into these contact forms was being exposed to other website users under certain circumstances.
  • Case Study: Kawasaki Heavy Industries: the development of Australia’s first hydrogen energy supply chain (HESC) pilot project - The HESC pilot project involved the formation and operation of joint venture arrangements with six consortium members in Japan and Australia..
  • Case Study: NPP Australia - NPP Australia Limited (NPPA), a joint venture public company mutually owned by the Reserve Bank of Australia and 12 authorised deposit taking institutions (ADIs), sought advice in relation to is Australian registered trade mark, "PAY ID", for electronic payment services.
  • Case Study: NSW Department of Customer Service - In 2020, the NSW Department of Customer Service tendered to law firms to re-invent a legacy contractual framework called Procure IT, a mandated suite of contracts that has been used for NSW Government ICT procurement for the last 17 years. The Department sought a procurement system to alleviate pain points for buyers, suppliers and procurement service providers and was aligned with emerging technologies and the growing technology sector.
  • Case Study: Premises with solar generation facilities - A major commercial premises with an embedded network had capacity to install a significant number of rooftop solar arrays and export the power they generated back into the grid. However, the volume of exported power became so significant that the regulated caps for exports without authorisation as a generator were close to being exceeded.
  • Case Study: Reserve Bank of Australia - The Reserve Bank is Australia's central bank and is the regulator of payment systems in Australia. It needs legal advice on payment system regulation and the exercise of its statutory powers as the regulator of payment systems, including in relation to the making and variation of legally binding standards.
  • Case Study: Stanwell Southern Renewables Zone & Central Renewables Zone Battery Projects - Stanwell Corporation wanted to procure two 150MW / 300MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) projects, delivered under a traditional EPC contract.
  • Case Study: The Security of Critical Infrastructure Act's impact on a global mining services company - A global mining services company supplying resources to the energy sector needed to address the impact of the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (Cth) (SOCI) in its procurement contracts.
  • Case Study: Toyota Motor Corporation Australia - Toyota is faced with a myriad of privacy issues as it sells to consumers, offers finance, and also has a significant franchise network.
  • Case Study: Woolworths - Woolworths sought to acquire 27% of the issued share capital of world-class data science and advanced analytics business, The Quantium Group Holdings Pty Ltd for A$223 million, to bring Woolworths' total investment in the company up to 75%. This transaction would mark the single largest investment in data analytics by an Australian retailer, involved significant commercial complexity, and required legal advisers who could bring a holistic, sensitive perspective to the intricate issues inherent in the deal.
  • Case Study: Construction Company - We assisted a large construction company with a claim for bullying and harassment. The applicant had accused the organisation and their supervisor of bullying and taking adverse action against them for refusing to allow them to undertake sensitive client work during their commute and lodged both a general protections claim in the Fair Work Commission and a complaint with the Safety Regulator.

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