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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Diverse and inclusive: Maddocks recognised for gender equality February 25, 2020

25 February 2020 Maddocks has been recognised for the 16th consecutive year for its work in creating a workplace that provides opportunities for all of its employees. Maddocks received an Employer of Choice for Gender … Continued

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Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) – Response to COVID-19 March 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on all our lives recently. It has had far reaching impact across the world, and Australia is no exception. Our daily activities, the way we work and … Continued

Kevin Phelan Partner


Kevin is a senior commercial lawyer with experience in large scale government projects and high value private sector transactions.  Kevin has provided strategic advice to the State of Victoria (including at ministerial and department head levels) regarding a number of the highest value projects undertaken in recent years and is recognised by his clients as a leading adviser in relation to government procurement.  In the private sector he regularly advises clients in relation to sales of companies and businesses, corporate restructuring and commercial contracts and transactions. Kevin is ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the category of Commercial Law in 2018.

Legal Expertise

  • Contract law and contractual drafting
  • Corporate acquisitions, structuring and funding arrangements
  • Government tendering and procurement (including outsourcing arrangements)
  • Information Technology and Intellectual Property
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Sale of business transactions
  • Strategic advice to government

Relevant Experience 

  • Acting for the Department of Transport in the School Bus Contract Review project, a matter involving over 1,500 contractors and expenditure of over $2.3 billion
  • Advising Corrections Victoria in relation to the renewal and variation of the contracts relating to the management and operation of Port Phillip Prison (contract value exceeding $150m) and Fulham Correctional Centre (contract value exceeding $80m)
  • Advised and prepared contracts relating to the acquisition, installation and maintenance of all road safety technology systems in Victoria including: Geelong Road; Western Ring Road; Hume Freeway; Eastlink Tollway; and Speed/red light installations (2 contracts)
  • Acting for the Department of Transport in projects relating to the drafting, negotiation and execution of over 100 contracts relating to country and regional bus services and V/Line bus services.  Total contract value exceeding $500m
  • Advising Consumer Affairs Victoria in the procurement project relating to the provision of technology and services to manage funds (currently approximately $350m) held in respect of estate agent bonds
  • Acting for the Department of Justice in the Forensic Health Services Project.  Under this project a number of health services provided by different suppliers were sought to be combined into one new contract and offered to the market with the intention of appointing one lead services provider.  The project included management of the unique challenges involved in such a combination of services and total contract value was expected to exceed $200 million
  • Advised in relation to the ongoing contract management of the Traffic Camera Office/Enforcement Management System outsourcing contract with Tenix Solutions Pty Ltd. This contract saw the management of more than $450m in annual revenue to the State at an annual cost of over $50m
  • Acting for the Working with Children Check unit of the Department of Justice in the procurement of services under 2 major contracts relating to application management and card production
  • Advising National Legal Aid in relation to a project to deliver one computer system for all commissions (the Atlas project). This has included contract drafting (a GITC v4 contract) and advice on the RFT, project structure and procurement issues
  • Providing advice and drafting services concerning the review and re-tendering of all prisoner transport services in Victoria on behalf of Victorian Police and the Office of the Correctional Services Commissioner
  • Acting for the successful consortium led by Baulderstone Hornibrook Pty Ltd for the Partnerships Victoria prisons project relating to the construction and maintenance of two new prisons (Metropolitan Remand Centre and Correctional Programs Centre) for a period of 25 years involving capital expenditure of approximately $240m
  • Acting for the then Department of Infrastructure in advising on the structure and development of the constitution to establish the office of the Public Transport Ombudsman, a company limited by guarantee
  • Acting in the establishment of Bushfire CRC Ltd, a Co-operative Research Centre that is developing a centre of excellence to lead and co-ordinate bushfire research.  Members of the CRC compromise 30 government agencies, educational institutions and scientific bodies from across Australia and total funding for the enterprise is $100m
  • Advising the participants in relation to the establishment of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre Ltd, a company limited by guarantee with members that include firefighting agencies from across Australia. The company facilitates the availability of a fleet of firefighting aircraft and its funding for this purpose exceeding $50m over five years
  • Acting as the legal adviser to the Independent Investigation into the Management and Operation of Victoria’s Private Prisons which led to the publication of the Kirby Report
  • Drafting the contract that governs the provision of emergency services telecommunications to all Victorian emergency services organisations (contract value: approximately $150m over 5 years)