Associate / Senior Associate, Projects & Development (Sydney)

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Work type: Permanent - Full time
Location: Sydney
Categories: Experienced Lawyers

Your Role

We are looking for talented and motivated Associates and Senior Associates to join our Projects team in Sydney. This is a fantastic opportunity for lawyers interested in working in a collaborative and high performing team advising on some of the most complex and interesting transactions in the market. We are particularly interested in hearing from lawyers with Infrastructure and Energy expertise and / or an interest in working on large scale development projects.

Our Team

The Allens Projects, Real Estate & Development Practice Group is made up of two main streams:
• Projects (Construction, Infrastructure and Energy)
• Real Estate & Development (including Environment & Planning)

You'll be joining a team of Projects Partners and Lawyers who are experts in either Construction & Infrastructure or Energy. We're a close-knit and supportive team and will help you develop your career.

Our Projects Team, which we are looking to grow, provides comprehensive whole-of-life advice on energy and infrastructure projects. The team is known for working with clients throughout the full lifecycle of their projects, from origination to construction and development, to operation and end of life.


Sponsors, investors, contractors, developers and operators of infrastructure assets and all levels of Government come to us for advice across the lifecycle of major projects. From procurement design, probity and tendering, through to delivery advisory services and dispute resolution. We have the necessary technical expertise, experience and industry knowledge to assist across all stages of the construction cycle and across all procurement methodologies. The team has recently worked with clients on major projects including Sydney Metro PPP, Melbourne Metro PPP, Footscray Hospital PPP and WestConnex.


Our energy practice spans all aspects of the energy sector, including renewable energy, large-scale electricity procurements, new energy, and regulation. We advise clients across the entire energy market transition story – from the development and construction of renewable projects, grid connections, electricity procurement solutions for large corporates / large energy users, rule changes for energy regulatory bodies, through to advising across both investment in and divestments of renewable assets and support of new energy technologies, particularly firming technologies such as battery storage and hydrogen. The team has recently worked with clients on major energy projects such as the 1GW MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct, Snowy 2.0, major electricity interconnector infrastructure, as well as a range of battery, solar and wind projects.

Your day

As part of our team, you will play an important role delivering client work on market-leading projects and transactions and working with us to identify and win new work opportunities. The key features of this role are the challenging work you will experience, the variety of transactions you can expect to get involved in and the broad range of clients and people you will work with.

Your role will typically include advising on:

• Acting for significant resources companies in relation to key project documents such as State Agreements, joint venture agreements, royalty arrangements and access deeds.
• Acting for significant players in the Infrastructure and Energy sector on key documents such as joint operating agreements, LNG sale and purchase agreements, lifting and balancing agreements, tolling and supply and offtake agreements.
• Advising clients in relation to all aspects of acquisitions and disposals, from legal due diligence, through preparation of transaction documents, to completion.
• Assisting clients to obtain regulatory project and transaction approvals; and
• Advising clients seeking to construct or acquire renewable energy projects or generation facilities

Your clients

Our Projects practice acts for many of the largest and most active entities in the Australian infrastructure and energy sectors, including government and private sector participants. We advise asset owners, developers and sponsors across the entire lifecycle of energy and infrastructure assets.

You will have access to the firm's extensive client base to explore and develop new opportunities and deliver outstanding service. You will act for a wide range of clients, each with unique and challenging work environments. We mobilise quickly, listen to client concerns and base our recommendations on what's most important to them.

Your career trajectory

Our Projects practice is expanding and we're looking for Associates and Senior Associates with the desire to learn from leaders in the industry and develop their career with us.

We recognise that every employee's experience is different and at Allens we know that successful and enjoyable careers come through your focus and commitment to being the best you can be, in an environment where you are supported and encouraged, and have clarity on key processes and decisions. Our career deal is a key part in achieving this; our deal asks you to take the lead for your career, with us providing the coaching and support to help you meet your goals and aspirations.

What you'll bring

• Experience advising on a broad range of project development transactions in the Infrastructure and Energy sector at a well-regarded international or Australian, including a boutique firms.
• An ability to work independently and effectively manage smaller matters and elements of larger matters.
• A strong team ethic, this aspect of our culture is of key importance to us.
• A willingness to develop others through mentoring and sharing experiences and networks.
• An interest in building an understanding of clients and developing effective working relationships with clients.
• A willingness to participate in business development activities, such as pitch documents, firm-wide pursuits, attending industry events and hosting seminars.
• An ability to establish a professional profile and internal networks.

Work pattern

This is a permanent opportunity for Associates and Senior Associates to join our Projects team in Sydney.

Allens supports flexible work practices and we are interested in speaking to lawyers wanting to work either part time or full-time.

About Allens

Allens is a leading international law firm with a proud 200-year heritage of shaping the future for our clients, our people and the communities in which we work.

From playing a pioneering role in the development of legislation and regulatory frameworks in the Asia region, to acting on numerous 'firsts' across a range of industry and community issues, it is in our DNA to make a difference and help shape what our world looks like.

Through our alliance with Linklaters, we offer clients a global network of 40 offices in 28 locations. With Allens, you'll work at the cutting edge of the law on the most complex and innovative deals in the market. You'll work with lawyers and professionals at the top of their game who, like you, strive to get a little better every day. And you'll be supported to take your career wherever you want it to go.

There is enormous strength in the unique backgrounds and life experiences our people bring to the firm. Our culture and performance is enriched by our differences across gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural and social diversity, age, ability, and family and caring arrangements. We encourage applications from First Nations peoples.

What we'll offer

You will be an integral part of a high performing, national team and have an opportunity to work with genuine market leaders. 

At Allens, we provide lifelong learning that develops you personally and professionally, and access to people and leaders who can help you become the best you can be. You'll be given ongoing opportunities to get involved and to take your career all the way. 

You'll enjoy a range of other benefits including free gym membership, staff discounts with hundreds of suppliers and regular social and sporting activities. Allens also leads the profession in community investment, giving you the opportunity to make a difference through our work on reconciliation, the environment and other social justice issues as well as our workplace giving and volunteering programs.

Are you ready to begin?

We prefer to hear from you directly.

Please submit your resume via our on-line careers site addressed to Courtney Reynolds Senior Consultant, Resourcing.

If this isn't the position for you, please tell your friends or colleagues about it.

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