Sarah Sinclair



Sarah Sinclair

Firm: Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Address:Lumley Centre
88 Shortland Street
Auckland DX CP24061
New Zealand
Phone:+64 9 353 9984
Fax:+64 9 353 9701
Email:Send an Email
Local Time:Sun. 01:41


Sarah is a transactional, contracting and projects lawyer with expertise in corporate and commercial law, including periods as an in-house corporate advisor. She has considerable experience in advising on construction and development projects, advising on energy and resources projects and drafting and negotiating complex engineering and infrastructure arrangements.

Sarah advises clients on construction and development projects, acting for owners, contractors and funders, advising on a range of contracting structures, procurement models and risk sharing arrangements. Sarah also has particular expertise as a transactional and projects lawyer in energy work including upstream oil and gas, joint venture and consortium arrangements, power generation (thermal and renewable), fuel contracting and transmission arrangements, sales and hedging, regulatory issues, and access to infrastructure.

As a corporate and commercial lawyer Sarah advises on a range of issues including business / asset acquisition and divestments, tendering advice, negotiation of contracts for capital works projects, supply contracts, service provider and consultancy arrangements, IP arrangements (including for development and commercialisation of IP rights, licensing agreements and research and development arrangements), supply and maintenance arrangements and major capital works programme contracts.


Areas of Practice


  • Commercial Law
  • Construction
  • Corporate and Business
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Major projects/PPPs
  • Natural Resources


Significant Accomplishments


Lawyer of the Year, Energy - Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2014
Exclusive Winner of the Energy & Resources - Trademarks category for New Zealand in the ILO Client Choice 2014 Awards
Leading individual – Asia Pacific Legal 500 – 2014/2015
Leading individual - Chambers Global 2013/2014, 2012/2013
Leading individual - Chambers Asia Pacific 2013/2014 2012/2013
Listed lawyer, Energy, Natural Resources - Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2013 and 2014
Leading individual, Energy and Natural Resources - Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2013
Up & Coming Individual - Chambers Asia Pacific 2011/2012




LLB (Hons), University of Auckland, 1990
BCOM, University of Auckland, 1990