Sarah de Wit

Sarah is a Lawyer with Murdoch Lawyers' Energy & Resources Team

Biography

I’m Sarah and I’m a lawyer for our Energy & Resources team.

Originally from the Southern Downs, I’m a Toowoomba girl with a great enthusiasm for working for agribusiness clients. After graduating from Griffith University Law School, I began my legal career in Victoria before returning to my home town of Toowoomba in 2018. I have both a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and a passion for working with local, regional and rural clients, having specialised in access to justice for rural clients during my postgraduate studies. This led me to starting out as a paralegal in food and agriculture law and policy for the initial stage of my career. Working with farmers, I advocated the interests of food producers and I understand the difficulties of facing complex local planning schemes and the regulation of farming activities.

While my experience is varied across different areas of law and jurisdictions, from 2018 until 2022, I practiced almost exclusively in commercial litigation, particularly after joining the Murdoch Lawyers Litigation Team in July 2020. My litigation experience built my foundational legal skills in complex agricultural, commercial and estate dispute resolution and mediations. That practice informs my strategic approach to resolving negotiations resourcefully, professionally and avoiding unnecessary expense in ongoing disputes. I have a positive but firm mindset about managing the resolution of disputes and strive to provide plain language legal advice to my clients while empathising and supporting them throughout the process.

Having a keen interest in the environment and agriculture, it was natural that I found my passion in Energy & Resources matters in 2022. Since then, I have dedicated myself to only act for landholders. I have mostly represented clients in the Western Downs region, which has witnessed the boom in CSG, resource, mining and in recent years, renewable energy industries.

Working closely with my Legal Partner, Raquel Bond, I will continue assisting landholders to secure fair, commercial outcomes when dealing with resource authorities and renewable energy companies. We are here to advise and work with landholders to negotiate balanced agreements achieving maximum compensation with our clients’ unique priorities front of mind, always.

Outside of work I’m also a proud homeowner and aspiring food producer. You’ll frequently find me at hardware stores in town looking to revamp my house and cultivate my garden. I also love to give back to our regional legal community through my involvement with our local Law Association.

Practice Areas

  • Negotiating land access agreements on behalf of landholders
  • Coal Seam Gas (CSG) & Mining
    • Conduct and Compensation Agreements (coal seam gas wells, seismic testing, groundwater bore monitoring etc.)
    • Deviated Well Agreements
    • Settlement Agreements
    • Variation Agreements and Deed of Amendments
    • Alternative Arrangements (Noise Agreements)
    • Notices of Intention to Negotiate
    • Notices of Entry
    • Make Good Agreements
    • Pipeline Easements
    • Powerline Easements
  • Renewable Energy – Wind, Solar, Battery Storage, Substations
    • Exclusivity Agreements
    • Access Licences
    • Option Agreements
    • Lease Agreements
    • Rental Deeds
    • Land Access Protocols
  • Resumption and Compulsory Acquisition of Property
    • Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Energy Storage
    • Transport and infrastructure projects
    • Notice of Intention to Resume
    • Making objections to resumptions
    • Compensation Claims

Qualifications & Reputation

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Griffith University)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Australian National University)
  • Masters of Legal Practice (Australian National University)
  • Bachelor of Laws Exchange (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Diploma of Mandarin (Beijing Language and Culture University 北京语言大学)

Associations

  • Downs and South West Law Association (Secretary 2022 – present)
  • Asian Australian Lawyers Alliance (Committee Member 2021 – present)
  • Queensland Law Society (Practicing Member)

    Contact Information

    Direct Line: 07 4616 9840