National Manager Commercial
Phil has been a key team member in many high-profile, sensitive commercial matters and major projects for Commonwealth agencies. His work includes providing advice on key issues, governance arrangements, drafting contracts, designing and quality-assuring procurement projects and associated documentation, and advising on project planning to ensure that major projects across infrastructure, defence, information and communications technology (ICT) and property are brought in on time and on budget.
His experience working major projects for the Commonwealth includes advising on the development of the Western Sydney Airport, land acquisitions to support the construction of Melbourne Airport’s third runway, the Inland Rail Project, and the G20 and ASEAN events. Each of these projects has raised a wide range of novel and complex legal issues and required working closely with a number of Commonwealth agencies to achieve the Commonwealth’s objectives.
His governance experience includes the incorporation of WSA Co Limited, governance reviews for a number of other government business enterprises and providing advice on other complex financial and commercial arrangements, ranging from aircraft-leasing arrangements, the proposed acquisition by the Commonwealth of a large loan portfolio and taking security over assets to support contractual obligations.
Phil's recent work includes:
- working closely with several Commonwealth agencies on the development of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, including drafting complex contractual documentation and the establishment of WSA Co Limited
- advising on a wide range of matters associated with airports around Australia, including extension and restatement of tripartite deeds with airport financiers
- advising on a range of issues relating to the Commonwealth’s relationship with government business enterprises, such as the development and negotiation of equity funding agreements, indemnities and company constitutions
- advising on major Commonwealth projects and procurements, including for Defence equipment, ICT systems and high-profile events.
Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours), Flinders University, 2010
Bachelor of Business, Charles Sturt University, 2006
AGS Australia Day Award as part of a group in recognition of work on the Passport Redevelopment Program, 2014
AGS Australia Day Award as part of a group in recognition of work on the G20 Leader Summit in Brisbane, 2015
AGD Australia Day Achievement Award as part of a group for providing exemplary support and advice to the Western Sydney Airport project, 2017