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Scott Schlink

Expertise

Scott has over 12 years of global experience advising on all aspects of construction, energy and infrastructure. 

His experience in advising 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. 

Experience

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

Publications

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Electronic execution changes in Victoria

#Construction & Infrastructure, #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, #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.

08 May 2019 - Knowledge

Federal election 2019: Energy and emissions policy snapshot

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Renewable Energy

Emission and renewable energy targets, as part of the broader climate change debate, are on the policy frontline of each major party at the upcoming election.

18 March 2019 - Knowledge

Wind turbine manufacturing resumes in Australia

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Renewable Energy

Wind turbine manufacturing on historic Ford motor plant

15 January 2019 - Knowledge

The high stakes of high rise

#Construction & Infrastructure

As land in our cities gets scarcer the trend towards high-rise living is unlikely to reverse. And with this come some unique challenges, as we have seen recently with the Opal Tower in Sydney.

10 December 2018 - Knowledge

Surprise! It’s a Christmas payment claim

#Construction & Infrastructure

In the lead up to the Christmas break, a reminder for project managers to be on alert for surprise payment claims.

27 November 2018 - Knowledge

ALP alternatives to the National Energy Guarantee

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has announced a range of renewables policies which it intends to take to the Federal election outside of the NEG.

19 November 2018 - Knowledge

Victorian state election: Stark energy policy positions

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

We take a brief look at the major parties’ different positions on energy in the lead up to the state election.

12 November 2018 - Knowledge

The National Electricity Guarantee – dead or ‘deadish’?

#Construction & Infrastructure

We look at what is next for renewable energy policy after the fall of the National Electricity Guarantee.