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Lucas Wilk's practice focuses on managing large, complex commercial disputes for leading Australian listed companies, multinationals, and foreign corporations, which includes strategic pre-dispute advice, mediation, litigation, and arbitration. He has recently acted in high-profile oil and gas, iron ore, royalty, project infrastructure, rail access, and joint venture disputes. Clients value Lucas's discerning approach, technical ability, commerciality, and tenacity in difficult and protracted matters. He also has extensive experience in insolvency workouts, assisting stakeholders on the debtor and creditor side and financiers on debt sales.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, Lucas handled many significant client matters, including acting for a global oil and gas services company in an arbitration on the Wheatstone project, and represented Atlas Iron in restructures involving debt to equity swaps by lenders and project contractors and settlement of contractor disputes.

Lucas is a member of the International Bar Association, INSOL International, ARITA, the Law Council of Australia, and the Rules Review Executive Committee at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).


  • QIC invests A$200 million in restructuring of Virgin AustraliaJones Day advised the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) on its A$200 million combined debt and equity investment and participation in the A$3.5 billion recapitalization and acquisition out of administration of Australia's second largest airline, Virgin Australia, by Bain Capital.
  • Tri-Star litigates joint venture disputes in AustraliaJones Day is acting for Tri-Star Petroleum Company, an independent oil and gas explorer, in multiple court proceedings concerning joint ventures in Queensland for the production of coal seam gas.
  • WMRC seeks advice in waste management dispute with DiCOM AWTJones Day is acting for the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) in disputes with DiCOM AWT Operations (DiCOM), the operator of a waste processing facility on the WMRC's land.
  • Jacobs Group seeks advice in dispute relating to payments made under alleged unfair preferencesJones Day acted for Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd ("Jacobs") in relation to a dispute with the liquidator of Western Desert Resources Ltd.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Global Disputes

    Wheatstone Project — represented an oil services company in the successful defense of claims made in a significant arbitration by an unsuccessful bidder in relation to a tender for the commissioning of an offshore platform.

    Cooperative Bulk Handling — acted in arbitration for a commodities exporter concerning terms of access to significant railroad infrastructure (regulated asset).

    LNG Plant Operator — acted in two disputes concerning LNG plant shut-in and related damage to undersea infrastructure caused by rig that lost its mooring during a cyclone.

    BHP Iron Ore — acted in multiple Supreme Court of Western Australia proceedings concerning a significant land access agreement held by native title holders over Mining Area C. The dispute was successfully resolved with multiple claimant groups signing a new agreement.

    Greenfields Ammonia Project — acted in multiple disputes concerning long-term gas supply agreement, off-take agreement, force majeure issues, and shareholder claims.

    Gas On-seller & Aggregator — lead partner on gas re-pricing arbitration under long-term and high-volume gas contract.

    Japanese Trading House — acted in arbitration and successful settlement of disputes under commodities off-take agreement and acted in dispute concerning alleged defects in undersea pipeline.

    Business Restructuring & Reorganization

    KordaMentha — acted in receivership of large mixed-use project in Perth CBD, including related multiple court proceedings.

    Global Oil Services Company — acted with respect to technical claims by collapsed contractor.

    Multiple Matters — acted for banks, security trustees, and other financial organizations in restructurings, forbearance, and standstill arrangements and enforcements and acted for insolvency practitioners in pre-appointment advice, provisional liquidations, liquidations, voluntary administrations, and receivership.

    Speaking Engagements

    • February 24, 2021
      Navigating the Voluntary Administration and Insolvency processes