Lina has advised on many of the nation's biggest building and infrastructure projects including the National Broadband Network, the delivery of the new $8bn Sydney Metro Northwest and the iconic Barangaroo development.
Lina has extensive experience acting for owners (both government and private sector), financiers and contractors.
In the infrastructure sector, Lina advises clients in relation to project structuring, contract drafting, tendering and project implementation for major projects including in the rail, ports, roads, water, telecommunications and defence sectors. Her work spans the full range of range of delivery models including PPPs, D&C / construct only, alliancing, managing contractor and O&M / service outsourcing.
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In addition to her broad range of infrastructure experience, she has a deep understanding of the building sector, having acted for numerous property owners, developers, financiers and contractors across the commercial, residential and retail property sectors.
Lina's approach been described by clients as commercial, pragmatic and proactive. She has a passion for working with clients to develop solutions that will deliver their commercial objectives.
- Best Lawyers Australia:voted by peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in
- Construction / Infrastructure (2018-2020)
- Doyles Guide:
- Recommended lawyer in Construction and Infrastructure – Front End (2017-2018)
- Rising Star in Construction (2012 and 2015)
Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales (2004)
Bachelor of Commerce, University of New South Wales (2004)
Master of Construction Law, University of Melbourne (2012)
admitted to practice
New South Wales (2004)
High Court of Australia (2010)
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Construction and Major Projects
Sydney Metro Northwest (Transport for NSW): Lina was a key team member advising Transport for NSW on the delivery of the $8bn Sydney Metro Northwest, a new rail line to be constructed in North West Sydney comprising 23 km of rail, 8 new stations and a stabling yard and maintenance depot. Lina advised on various aspects of the project but, in particular, had carriage of the procurement of the two significant publicly funded D&C contracts.
Barangaroo Delivery Authority: Lina has been advising the Barangaroo Delivery Authority on the construction aspects of the development of Barangaroo. The Barangaroo project is a major urban water front development and is considered to be the largest development project in Australia. Lina has been particularly involved in the delivery of the iconic Barangaroo Point Reserve.
Northern Sydney Freight Corridor (Transport for NSW): Lina advised Transport for NSW on the procurement process for the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor, a $1.1bn joint Commonwealth and State Government initiative to improve the capacity and reliability for freight trains on the Main North Line. Lina assisted TfNSW in successfully procuring its first competitive TOC alliances.
National Broadband Network (NBN): Lina has advised NBN on several construction projects including:
- the contractual arrangements for the supply of broadband services in new developments around Australia.
- the large-scale rollout of optical fibre in sites throughout Australia.
Rail Operations Centre (Sydney Trains): Lina is advising Sydney Trains on the procurement of a new rail operations centre to centralise and modernise Sydney Trains' rail operations functions.
WestConnex (RMS): Lina was part of the team advising RMS on the WestConnex project, with a particular focus on the design & construct and operate & maintain aspects of the project.
Green Square Trunk Stormwater Alliance (Sydney Water and City of Sydney Council): Lina advised Sydney Water and City of Sydney Council on in their joint procurement of an alliance to carry out the Green Square Trunk Stormwater Project.
Port Botany Expansion (Sydney Ports Corporation): Lina advised Sydney Ports Corporation on the significant expansion of its port facilities at Botany Bay.
Patrick: Lina advised Patrick on various construction contracts for the development of its freight terminal at Port Botany.
Adelaide to Darwin Railway Sale: Lina advised the AustralAsia Railway Corporation on the sale of the Adelaide to Darwin Railway concession to Genesee & Wyoming Inc (GWI). The sale required the novation of the existing concessionaire's interest in the project to GWI, the restructuring of the project documentation and advice on GWI's unique financing arrangements.
Cross City Tunnel Sale (RMS): Lina advised RMS on the negotiation of project documentation for the sale of the Cross City Tunnel PPP project.
Sydney Ferries tender (Transit Systems): Lina advised Transit Systems in its bid for the Sydney Ferries franchise.
Waratah Trains PPP (RailCorp): Lina advised RailCorp on the procurement of its $3.6bn rolling stock PPP and has continued to advise on ongoing contract administration issues.
Sydney Metro Project (Sydney Metro Authority): Before the cancellation of the Sydney Metro Project, Lina was a key team member acting for the Sydney Metro Authority. The Sydney Metro project was to be procured partly as a public private partnership with a 30 year concession, including an option to extend the line to Westmead. In particular, Lina advised on the integrated metro operations PPP, which covered the supply of the metro trains, track, station fit-out, operating systems, operation and maintenance.
ARTC Hunter Valley Alliances: Lina is advising on all stages of the procurement process for significant rail infrastructure capital works in the Hunter Valley through a series of alliance contracts.
Helicopter Rescue Services Procurement (NSW Health): Lina is advising NSW Health on the acquisition of rotary wing aeromedical ambulance services. The procurement, in excess of $1 billion, provided for services for NSW and the ACT over a 10 year period. The procurement addressed a range of service requirements including helicopter fit out, base and maintenance requirements. It included complex step-in arrangements and the involvement of not-for-profit organisations.
Fleet Marine Services Contract (Department of Defence): Lina is advising on the re-tender of the Fleet Marine Services Contract for the provision of port and associated services around Australia for the Royal Australian Navy and including complex private financing arrangements over ownership of vessels. The Fleet Marine Services Contract will have a value of $1 billion over 10 years.
Woolworths' meat processing facility (Woolworths): Lina is advising Woolworths on the design, construction and fit-out of a meat processing facility in Victoria. This challenging project involved complex interfaces between contractors and novel technologies.
Cochlear Headquarters (Cochlear Limited): Lina is advising Cochlear on the design and construction aspects of Cochlear's new global headquarters at Macquarie University, including the drafting and negotiation of contractual documentation. The transaction involved complex arrangements relating to the allocation of risk between the various project participants, including Macquarie University and Cochlear's financier.
163 Castlereagh St (ANZ): Lina was part of the Clayton Utz team advising ANZ on the financing of the development of ANZ and Freehills' new headquarters at 163 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
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Green Square Trunk Stormwater Project Alliance (Sydney Water and City of Sydney Council): Lina is advising Sydney Water and City of Sydney Council in their joint procurement of an alliance to carry out the Green Square Trunk Stormwater Project. Lina's role included drafting contractual and tender documentation and advising on tender responses.