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Suzy Cairney | Partner | Brisbane

Corporate, Commercial & Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources, Transport, Government

T: +61 7 3135 0684

E: suzy.cairney@holdingredlich.com

Suzy is a projects and commercial lawyer with particular experience in project development and operational contracts in the ports, civil construction and resources sectors. She has experience both in Australia and overseas, and has advised government clients, principals, developers, contractors and operators on a wide range of major infrastructure projects.

Suzy has previously worked in-house as a European Counsel for an international port operator in Belgium, as Corporate Counsel for a Queensland water GOC and as in-house counsel to support the feasibility stage of a major new coal project for one of Australia’s largest miners. Known for her practical common sense approach and commerciality, Suzy understands the drivers behind getting the deal done.

Key experience: ƒ

  • advising a joint venture landowner on Options for Easement, and related Easements on a major water pipeline project in Queensland, as well as a related pipeline relocation deed ƒ
  • advising a private company on the development and operation of a proposed new marine terminal in Brisbane, including drafting shiplift agreements and various other commercial contracts ƒ
  • advising a port authority on access and competition issues relating to its export coal facilities, and drafting and negotiating related commercial contracts ƒ
  • advising a port operator on the contractual issues relating to the failure of the slew bearings in two of their coal stacker reclaimer machines ƒ
  • advising an international port operator on front-end construction issues, including the construction of container terminal facilities in Asia, Europe and South America
  • advising a port authority on the novation of several leases and licences from one of its key mining tenants to another entity owned by that restructuring ƒ
  • advising a national property fund manager holding over $9 billion assets on a major redevelopment of some of its Brisbane CBD properties, including negotiating a finance deed with Brisbane City Council ƒ
  • advising a major property developer on the redevelopment of one of its Brisbane CBD shopping centres ƒ
  • advising a major property developer on the works deed/finance documents and construction documents for the refurbishment of the pool area and terrace in a Brisbane CBD hotel ƒ
  • drafting, advising on and negotiating a mechanical and electrical construction alliance agreement for the main contractor on the Legacy Way project ƒ advising a major Queensland agricultural company on a rail haulage agreement for grain transport, along with the related train hire agreements, and a port services agreement ƒ
  • advising on international operator on a long-term operation and maintenance agreement in relation to four water treatment facilities in Queensland ƒ
  • advising a Queensland water GOC in relation to the Moranbah to Alpha pipeline tenders, and the procurement of pumps, for its Connors River Dam project in Queensland ƒ
  • advising joint venture proponent on its involvement in both the Surat Basin Rail project and on preparing an infrastructure deed in support of a proposed new coal mine in Central Queensland, dealing with several sets of works to be undertaken with a regional council
  • advising the scheme operator on a complex operations and maintenance agreement for the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project in Queensland 
  • advising the main contractor on the extension of the Rawang to Ipoh railway in Malaysia
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