Martin Lovell



Martin is a leading projects, infrastructure and finance lawyer and national head of the firm’s Projects, Infrastructure & Construction practice team and co-head of its Energy team.

Martin regularly advises developers, government and contractors in relation to major infrastructure, defence and energy projects, joint ventures and business structuring. He also works closely with sponsors and financial institutions on project finance and development transactions.

Recently, Martin has acted on the development, acquisition and funding of large-scale grid-connected battery projects, wind and solar farms, district energy schemes, resources projects, ports, gas pipelines and water and electricity transmission infrastructure.

Martin is highly regarded for his technical skills, including his expertise in Personal Property Securities law and trusts law. He is a committee member of the Australian Institute of Energy (AIE), member of the Financial Services Committee of the Law Council of Australia and holds a Master of Law with first class honours from the University of Cambridge. Martin also lectures at Flinders University and is a regular contributor to Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis and legal journals.



Martin has been recognised in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific where he was described as “an excellent communicator [who is] able to distil complex issues into clear, simple advice” and in the IFLR 1000 as “highly professional, diligent and practical.”  In the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Martin is described as a ‘magic circle quality’ lawyer.

‘Martin Lovell is an excellent lawyer, incredible hardworking, commercially astute and a market leader in the Energy sector, not just in South Australia, but Australia wide. He really takes the time to understand the business and to deliver high quality outcomes.’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2022 edition

‘Martin Lovell is the lawyer I ring when I have a bet-the-house judgement call to make. He is commercial, has a great gut instinct, understands the competitive tensions, and understands the business. When I need to emphasise a point internally, I add Martin’s name into the conversation.’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Infrastructure Projects and Construction, 2024 edition

“Martin provides concise, timely and practical advice on complex matters and this is invaluable to our business.”
Chambers Asia Pacific Guide: Energy & Natural Resources: Utilities, 2023 edition


  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Commercial Law “Lawyer of the Year” (Adelaide, AU) – 2020 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Project Finance and Development Practice “Lawyer of the Year” (Adelaide, AU) – 2020 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Construction / Infrastructure Law (Adelaide, AU) – Since 2023 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Commercial Law (Adelaide, AU) – Since 2019 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Project Finance and Development Practice (Adelaide, AU) – Since 2014 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Structured Finance Law (Adelaide, AU) – Since 2014 edition
  • Chambers Asia Pacific Guide – Energy & Natural Resources: Utilities – Band 4, since 2023 edition
  • Doyle’s Guide – Leading Energy & Resources Lawyers – South Australia, since 2021 edition
  • Doyle’s Guide – Leading Banking & Finance Lawyers – South Australia, since 20152021 & 2023 editions
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Australia – Recommended for Infrastructure Projects and Construction – since 2020 edition
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Australia – Recommended for Energy (transactions and regulatory) – since 2020 edition
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Australia – Recommended for Natural Resources (transactions and regulatory) – since 2024 edition

Recent deals and media coverage


  • Australian Institute of Energy (AIE)
  • Banking & Financial Services Law Association (BFLSA)
  • Law Council of Australia – Financial Services Committee and PPSA Sub-Committee
  • SACOME Infrastructure Committee
  • Flinders University of South Australia, Adjunct Lecturer
  • University of Adelaide, GDLP Lecturer

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