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Nicholas Carney

Nicholas Carney


Nicholas advises governments and private sector clients on major infrastructure transactions and complex procurements.



Nicholas advises governments and private sector clients in Australia and Asia on all aspects of major infrastructure projects, including public private partnerships, divestments and secondary sales. 

His expertise includes traditional infrastructure assets such as roads, transport, hospitals, social and affordable housing, telecommunications, waste and defence. 

He also advises clients on payment for outcomes and other innovative service arrangements, along with complex procurements and probity. 

Nicholas has a deep understanding of government processes and policy development which he developed through a secondment in the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2012. 

He uses this understanding to assist public and private clients alike. 

Nicholas was a Doyle’s ‘Rising Star’ for Planning and Environment law in 2016. 

He is also part of the firm’s India infrastructure group.

Nicholas’ recent experience includes advising: 

  • bidders on their pitch for the New South Wales and South Australian land titles registers; 
  • the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services and New South Wales Treasury on the Social and Affordable Housing Fund, which will increase the supply of social and affordable housing dwellings by 2,200; 
  • the New South Wales Government in relation to the construction and full outsourcing of clinical services at the Northern Beaches Hospital and the proposed delivery of several further waves of privately outsourced hospitals, health facilities and clinical services; 
  • Rothesay Life in relation to the acquisition of the base rental stream on the Westlink M7. The transaction was the first of its kind in Australia, effected through a structured assignment of the Base Rent, involving a SPV master trust structure; and 
  • Transurban, QIC and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in relation to the unsolicited proposal for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the NorthConnex Toll Road in Sydney.


Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of New South Wales. He has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Director’s ‘Company Directors Course’. 

Nicholas is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.