Bernard Avery brings a unique perspective to commercial contracts, inbound and outbound investment, and the structuring of arrangements in the resources sector.

His work over the last 30 years throughout the Asia-Pacific region has seen him act on major projects across a range of industries, including mining, oil and gas, energy, fisheries, forestry and timber, giving him a real understanding of how to make cross-border transactions as painless as possible for clients.

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Energy and Resources

Regional Queensland Power Station: Bernard is assisting the client team with the revised offtake and associated arrangements for the station, including the electricity requirements for a proposed new mine and associated end of life contract issues.

Major Japanese mining company: 
Bernard advised the client in relation to its entry into a mining joint venture in Fiji.

Co-generation electricity plant: Bernard advised a major Australian company on a proposed co-generation electricity plant at its site in North Queensland.

International oil company: Bernard assisted a major multinational oil company client conduct a due diligence investigation concerning the proposed restructure of its Pacific wide operations.

Major pipeline consortium: Bernard acted as joint lead counsel for the international pipeline consortium which was selected to construct the then proposed Papua New Guinea to Queensland gas pipeline, and advised on the range of cross-border aspects and the many domestic PNG and Queensland matters relevant to the project.

Major electricity retailer: Bernard was part of the Clayton Utz team that assisted a major retailer client with the acquisition of a substantial portion of a State government owned retail portfolio, in particular, in the transfer of the electricity sales contracts and the development contracts for a substantial new coal mine to be used as a fuel source by the retailer at its generator locations.

GOC: Bernard is acting in the restructuring of a suite of contractual arrangements relating to the operations of and the sale and purchase of electricity from, a major power station in Queensland, including dealing with renewable energy certificates and the existing Clean Energy Scheme.

Inbound/outbound investments

Business investment opportunities in Australia and elsewhere: Bernard provides advice across a range of industries, including mining, oil and gas, energy, fisheries, forestry and timber to Australian companies considering overseas business activities and to overseas companies considering business investment opportunities in Australia and elsewhere.

International Projects: Bernard has frequently been called on to act as a consultant to Australian and international law firms and their clients, in relation to resource projects in PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands and elsewhere in the South Pacific.


Forestry Plant (Vic): Bernard acted as legal adviser in the establishment of one of the largest manufacturers of MDF and associated forestry products in Australia and handled the legal and regulatory work involved in establishing this manufacturing operation in Wangaratta, Victoria.

Major projects

BOOT project: Bernard was the project co-ordinator and principal legal adviser on the successful US$180 million BOOT project for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the water supply system for Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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