Joshua Saunders

Joshua Saunders

Baker & McKenzie


Joshua Saunders is a partner in the Sydney office of Baker McKenzie and focuses on infrastructure and construction law.

With over 20 years' experience including 14 years in-house at Lendlease, Joshua has valuable perspectives on the industry and the key concerns for his clients. Joshua has been recognised by Doyles Guide as a leading in-house construction and infrastructure lawyer.

Practice Focus

Joshua is an experienced infrastructure and construction lawyer with broad capability and depth of experience in the transport, utilities, telecommunications and renewables sectors. Joshua's experience includes working on complex infrastructure projects, including renewables projects (solar, BESS and offshore wind), major transport projects and PPPs, water and power industry procurement and contracting.

Representative Legal Matters


  • Advised a developer and drafted and negotiated EPC and O&M Contracts for a major solar farm project at Goondiwindi in Queensland.

  • Advised a BESS supplier in relation to supply contracts for several BESS projects, including stand-alone utility scale BESS units and smaller units for a distributed BESS project.

  • Advised a member of a consortium in relation to an offshore wind farm project within the Gippsland Offshore Wind Zone.

  • Drafted and negotiated development agreements, EPC Agreements and O&M Agreements for a developer of numerous small scale solar farms.

  • Led extensive negotiations on behalf of a contractor with in relation to the EPC and O&M contract for a major solar farm at Warwick in Queensland.


  • Advised a participant in a consortium bidding for the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone.

  • Advised a contractor and consortium member in relation to Sydney Water P4S Collaborative Enterprise Contract, which involved reviewing an amended NEC4 document suite, extensive client negotiations and within 4-party JV leading to award. Led negotiations to establish the JV to perform the contract.

  • Advised Lendlease in relation to a long term collaborative Field Services Contract with SA Water, which it secured.


  • Advised a maintenance contractor bidding for a long term road maintenance contract in Victoria.

  • Advised Lendlease Services in relation to the North East Link PPP Tender as part of the ViaNova Consortium.

  • Advised Lendlease Services in relation to the Inland Rail PPP Tender including developing key terms with Project Co and State.

  • Advised an Alliance bidding for Smart Freeway Mitchell Southbound on deal structure and contract terms.


  • Advised a major telecommunications contractor in relation to several high value NBN contracts.

  • Negotiated and secured several major delivery contracts for a major telecommunications contract working for Optus in both wired and wireless sectors.


  • Advised the financier of a major hospital in Abuja, Nigeria and reviewed and advised on the D&C Contract, based on FIDIC.

  • Advised in relation to a proposed battery manufacturing facility near Geelong in Victoria.

  • Advised a JV developing a battery manufacturing plant in the Philippines.

Professional Honors

  • Leading In-house Construction and Infrastructure Lawyers Australia, Doyle's Guide, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of New South Wales


  • High Court of Australia (2004)
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales (2002)


  • University of Western Sydney (LLB, Hons) (2002)
  • University of Sydney (BSc, Hons) (1995)


  • English