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Scott Schlink


Scott has over 15 years’ experience advising on all aspects of construction, infrastructure, renewable and conventional energy, major projects and engineering. He has spent considerable time working both in house and in private practice across Asia and Australasia and his experience in advising public and private sector clients in all areas of the project life cycle (from structuring, risk allocation and tendering through to negotiation, project delivery and disputes) allows him to deliver trusted, practical and timely solutions.


Scott has advised a number of domestic and international clients (both in private practice and as general counsel) in relation to matters of critical importance to their businesses.

Some of Scott’s recent construction, infrastructure and energy experience include:

  • Advising on and negotiating several major traditional and project-financed energy projects such as RES’ 400MW Murra Warra wind farm and Rio Tinto’s 600MW Oyu Tolgoi coal power station in Australia, Mongolia and Vietnam (including construction, service, BOP, security and associated contracts)
  • Advising Vestas and Senvion on seven long term energy plant operation and maintenance agreements in Australia and Japan incorporating complex performance guarantee regimes
  • Advising Symbior Solar Siam on the leasing of land for the construction of a 50MW PV solar power station together with associated security arrangements
  • Advising Monadelphous and Bechtel on OHS obligations and management of critical incidents
  • Drafting several suites of procurement and services contracts for Newcrest Mining, Qantas and Port of Melbourne as well as negotiating a wide range of bespoke and standard form supply and procurement agreements
  • Managing project life cycle disputes including the issue and return of performance securities, management of variations and resolving defect liability period obligations
  • Advising Wagner in relation to the restructuring $30M in non-performing loans for mining equipment


14 July 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government

The City of Sydney has announced an Australia-first plan to include energy targets in development applications to make new buildings more energy-efficient and to meet its net-zero emissions target by 2035.

13 July 2021 - Knowledge

Road to net-zero by 2035: Energy targets in Sydney’s new developments

#Renewable Energy, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Local Government

The City of Sydney has announced an Australia-first plan to include energy targets in development applications to make new buildings more energy-efficient and to meet its net-zero emissions target by 2035.

13 July 2021 - Knowledge

Federal Government’s proposed ARENA regulations voted down by the Senate

#Renewable Energy, #Government

The Senate has voted down the Government’s bid to expand the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) ability to fund carbon capture and energy storage projects and non-renewable energy projects.

14 April 2021 - Knowledge

Australia’s first offshore wind farm and the proposed regulatory framework

#Renewable Energy

We provide an overview of the Federal Government’s proposed framework for regulating Australia’s offshore clean energy infrastructures, and outline some key issues that need be addressed before it comes into operation.

15 December 2020 - Knowledge

Christmas security of payment claims in Victoria

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

Construction project managers beware – security of payment presents may be arriving this Christmas. We set out a checklist of what you need to do to tackle adjudication applications this year.

09 September 2020 - Knowledge

Updating your procurement policies under the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic)

#Procurement, #Local Government

We examine how the new Local Government Act 2020 will impact local governments’ procurement process and policies.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Electronic execution changes in Victoria

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

In an effort to cure a number of logistical issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, new Victorian Regulations for the execution and witnessing of documents were passed on 12 May 2020. The objective of the Regulations is to modify the application of certain acts (in particular, the Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000, Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018, Powers of Attorney Act 2014 and Wills Act 1997) to further provide for the use of electronic signatures, witnessing of documents by audio visual links and related matters.

12 August 2019 - Knowledge

Why wind farms are being sued over SA blackouts

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects, #Renewable Energy

The Australian Energy Regulator has recently commenced court action against a number of wind farm operators in South Australia in relation to the 2016 SA blackout. The case is likely to be as complex as it is political.

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