Raquel Bond

Raquel is a Legal Partner with Murdoch Lawyers' Energy & Resources Team

Biography

I’m Raquel and I’m Legal Partner for our Energy & Resources team.

Having been born and bred in the Surat Basin, you could say that I am a country girl at heart. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ property near Dalby, where I was taught about life on the land and the importance of sustainable agriculture.

In recent years, I have worked closely with landholders affected by drought and have come to understand the importance of landholders having the opportunity to supplement their income. I have also witnessed first-hand how local communities have changed as a result of the resources boom.

My career experience in private practice, local government and the CSG industry has provided me with a wealth of legal and practical knowledge which enables me to achieve the best possible results for my clients when dealing with complex CSG, mining and renewable energy matters. I have an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the various resource sectors and am aware of the legal and practical issues affecting landholders when negotiating agreements. Coupled with my unparalleled negotiation skills, I utilise my extensive legal knowledge, industry experience and technical understanding to effectively influence and negotiate the best outcomes for my clients.

For more than a decade, I have represented landholders in the negotiation of hundreds of CSG, mining and resource and renewable energy agreements. Throughout negotiations, it is my priority to ensure that the best possible legal terms are negotiated, landholders are protected and the level of compensation paid by proponents is maximised.

I have an extensive knowledge of compensation principles and experience in attending mediations and alternative dispute resolution processes. With considerable experience in managing the resolution of disputes between landholders and companies, I strive to provide high quality legal advice to my clients and aim to ensure that each and every client feels supported throughout their journey.

I understand the importance of working alongside other professional advisors, in order to ensure that clients receive support and advice in all aspects of their matter. I empower my clients to make informed decisions in order to ensure that their land and legacy is protected.

Representing and seeking the best results for my clients is my passion. It’s important that landholders engage a lawyer who has extensive experience in dealing with energy and resource companies, as well as a lawyer who acts with empathy, honesty and integrity and prioritises client needs above anything else. I pride myself on being a lawyer who possesses those qualities.

Practice Areas

Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and Mining

  • Conduct and Compensation Agreements (CCA’s)
  • Compensation Agreements
  • Make Good Agreements
  • Water Monitoring Agreements
  • Alternative Arrangements / Noise Agreements
  • Notices of Entry
  • Variation Agreements and Deeds of Amendment
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Deviated Well Agreements
  • Land Access Rules / Terms of Access

Renewable Energy – Solar, Wind, Battery Storage, Substations

  • Exclusivity Agreements
  • Access Licences
  • Option Deeds
  • Lease Agreements
  • Rental Deeds
  • Land Access Protocols

Resumption and Compulsory Acquisition of Property

  • Easements, including powerlines and pipelines
  • Transport and infrastructure projects
  • Notice of Intention to Resume
  • Objections to resumptions
  • Compensation Claims

Qualifications & Reputation

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws – Bond University
  • Bachelor of Business (Management) – Bond University
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – College of Law
  • Legal Practitioner of Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Legal Practitioner of High Court of Australia

Articles

Renewable Energy Opportunities: A Toolkit for Queensland Landholders

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Client Testimonials

“Raquel has handled our gas contract negotiations over the years. She is both prompt and professional and at all times was cognisant to our requirements. We would not hesitate in recommending Raquel for your negotiations needs.”

John and Trish Rowbotham

“We found the best possible solicitor in Raquel Bond to represent us in our gas and renewable energy negotiations. The support that Raquel provided to us, went above and beyond anything we have previously received.

Raquel was professional, knowledgeable and caring. Her ability to explain complex issues was outstanding. Her responsiveness was remarkable. Raquel was always available to answer questions and provide updates. She took the time to explain complex legal concepts, always ensuring that we felt comfortable and informed through every step of the process. Raquel was thorough, persistent and transparent in all communications with us.

We thank Raquel and the team at Murdoch’s for their professional and competent conduct of our matters. We will always be grateful.”

John and Jenny Scouller

“Raquel has provided very valuable assistance to help us navigate our negotiations and agreements with the gas company who holds the lease on our land. Her prompt attention to detail and experience within the industry has been critical to us achieving a fair deal.”

Western Downs client

“I’ve worked with Raquel Bond for over a decade now on legal matters.  She has accumulated a significant amount of market intelligence, which when combined with the ‘fist in a velvet glove’ approach (when needed), has led to material commercial gains.  Most lawyers will provide an adequate risk protection and attention to detail, but few can provide this commercial acumen.”

Rob Hart – Upscale Funds Management

“Working with Raquel Bond at Murdoch’s has been very easy and reassuring! She explains things in normal everyday language that the average person can understand and makes you feel at ease as you have confidence in her ability and her work. She is extremely hardworking and we feel she always has our best interests in mind.”

Mark and Rachel Little

“Raquel has represented us in several dealings with resource companies over the last few years.  

We have always found her to be thorough, conscientious and a great pleasure to work with.”

Uebergang Agriculture

    Contact Information

    Direct Line: 07 4616 9823