Veena has over a decade of legal experience working with public and private companies, Australian Government clients and not for profit organisations.
A significant part of her practice comprises commercial property, commercial and corporate law, probity and procurement. Clients typically seek her advice on complex or sensitive matters as well as large projects involving multiple stakeholders.
Veena has worked as part of an inhouse legal team and as a commercial negotiator in London. She has also spent a considerable period of time on secondment to a large Australian government department. Through performing these roles, Veena is equipped to, and has a demonstrated ability to ensure that her legal advice is delivered in a way that facilitates business or policy outcomes.
Veena is a member of the ACT Law Society’s Pro-Bono Clearing House Assessment Panel and Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Veena’s recent experience includes:
- Department of Human Services: Key team member providing probity advice in relation to the Welfare Payments Infrastructure Transformation Programme, a multi-billion dollar programme involving a series of complex procurements;
- Grains Research and Development Corporation: Providing strategic advice for facilitating grants for infrastructure funding within a compressed timeframe, and working closely with the client’s general counsel to prepare all funding documentation;
- Little Company of Mary Health Care Ltd and its group entities (including Calvary Health Care ACT Limited, Calvary Clinic Pty Ltd and Calvary Bruce Private Hospital Limited): Advising in relation to a range of commercial and property matters in the ACT over many years, including a significant syndicated loan facility agreement to finance the construction of a new private hospital in Canberra, strategic advice in relation to future property requirements, assisting with Crown lease variations and approvals, and drafting, negotiating and advising on a range of contracts, agreements and leases;
- Australian Federal Police: Advising the Australian Federal Police for over 6 years on agreement for leases and leases for purpose built office and canine facilities at major airports nationally. This included drafting, negotiating and advising on unique provisions relating to rent determination and construction contracts and amendments to accommodate the legislative and policy framework applying to Commonwealth clients (such as in relation to security, contingent liabilities and green leasing); and
- 4 former credit unions: Key team member, as part of a multi-jurisdictional team, advising on the transfer under Part 3 of the Financial Sector (Business Transfer and Group Restructure) Act 1999 of loan assets and deposit liabilities to Bendigo Bank. This was a significant project which included reviewing and advising on constitutional amendments, member information statements, dealings with regulatory bodies, and reviewing, negotiating and advising on the terms of the alliance agreement with Bendigo Bank.