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Laura Nagy

Laura Nagy

She/herSpecial Counsel

Laura Nagy provides expert legal support in large scale, complex major projects covering a wide array of areas including strategic and contractual advice, multi-jurisdictional cross border matters, security of payment claims and adjudications, expert determination, arbitration (domestic and international) and litigation.

Laura has a depth of experience working on technical, complex cases across Asia-Pacific, with a particular focus on the energy and natural resources and construction sectors.

Laura’s experience in-house in the resources sector means she adopts a practical, commercial approach to providing advice and manages legal and reputational risk while identifying commercial levers and driving best-for-business outcomes.

Professional QualififcationsSolicitor of the High Court of AustraliaSolicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland


  • Reviewing baseline procurement contracts for an Australian energy company.
  • Advising a major contractor charged with the construction and commissioning of the Onshore LNG Processing Facility (OPF) in Northern Australia in connection with a major arbitration.The OPF is part of a large scale (primarily LNG) project to exploit the Ichthys Gas Field which is the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in the past 50 years. Specifically, the dispute is an ICC arbitration over our client's entitlement to be compensated for the provision of its professional services under the OPF Contract which is a hybrid of lump sum, re-measure and reimbursable works scopes.
  • Advising a potential purchaser on litigation-related construction risks, including in relation to Subcontractors’ Charges, in dual renewable projects.
  • Advising a US-headquartered oil and gas exploration company in a major, high-risk dispute in the Queensland Supreme Court in respect of the APLNG CSG to LNG mega-project in Queensland. The dual proceedings concern interests in various CSG assets in the Surat and Bowen Basins in Queensland and the agreements which underpin those interests.*
  • Advising both principals and contractors on a significant number of payment claims and adjudications in Qld, NSW and NT across the resources and infrastructure sectors, including successfully defending a number of claims in excess of AUD100m.*
  • Advising the owner in respect of the project set-up and development of a coal-seam gas (CSG) project in Queensland, including assisting to develop various master service agreements and call outs, and draft bespoke agreements, to enable rig, services and consultant procurement, and negotiated the legal and commercial terms of those agreements on behalf of the owner.*
  • Advising a multinational oil and gas company in relation to claims made by the contractor for the construction of an offshore LNG pipeline and associated facility. The project itself was (then) in excess of USD10bn.*
  • Advising the principal in a dispute with an Australian Tier-1 construction contractor for the construction of the onshore component of a bulk coal export terminal.* 
  •  Advising a construction Joint Venture in relation to a large road tunnelling project in excess of USD1.5bn. The construction Joint Venture was comprised of two international construction contractors and a third local Queensland contractor and involved advising the Joint Venture in relation to issues upstream to the Government as owner, and downstream against sub-contractors. Laura’s involvement with this project included a lengthy in-project secondment. Laura continued to act for the JV at the completion of her secondment when she assisted the client to call on construction bank guarantees and successfully defend urgent injunction proceedings commenced by the subcontractor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in relation to the call on security.* 

*Denotes experience gained prior to joining DLA Piper

  • College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 2009

  • Griffith University, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), 2008

  • Griffith University, Bachelor of Behavioural Science, 2008

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Laura was a Corporate Counsel with a US headquartered oil and gas exploration company operating in Queensland.



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