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Allison Warburton

Allison is a leading private and government sector advisor across the energy, resources and power generation industries and co-heads MinterEllison's national climate change practice.

Recognised by Best Lawyers Australia as Queensland's Climate Change Lawyer of the Year for 2016, Allison is a market-leading adviser in both traditional power generation and newer embedded generation technologies, demand side management, solar, emissions reduction projects and carbon compliance. Allison's extensive experience in climate change projects and greenhouse compliance issues, includes advising on the Commonwealth Clean Energy Scheme, Mandatory Renewable Energy Target Scheme, National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme and Energy Efficiency Opportunities legislation and Australian Renewable Energy Agency funding.

In January 2016, Allison was appointed by the Queensland Government to its Renewable Energy Expert Panel, to advise the Government on credible pathways to achieve the Governments 50% renewable energy target.

In 2013, Allison was awarded Best Lawyer in Energy and Resources at Euromoney's "Australasia Women in Business Law Awards". She is also listed as a leading lawyer in the 2014 and the 2015 Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides for Energy and Resources: Utilities, which state "Clients praise Allison Warburton for her 'capability to think strategically and put herself in the client's shoes in order to develop the best solutions, always keeping a good perspective on the matter" and "She is admired as a "commercial strategist" with an ability to "step out of the detail when she needs to and go back to 40,000 feet."

She advises the energy industry on asset sales and due diligence investigations, project development, commodity sales, transmission and distribution, hedging agreements, and regulatory and access issues.

Allison also deals in upstream and downstream gas and coal projects including joint operation agreements, farm-ins, transportation, offtake agreements, overlapping tenements, due diligence and LNG projects.

Some long-standing clients include Rio Tinto, Stanwell Corporation, QGC, Pacific Aluminium and AGL.

Allison is also a non-executive director of Stanwell Corporation, a Queensland Government owned power utility.

She is recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Energy 2017 - Australia.

Solar Energy Plant

Advised Rio Tinto on its offtake contract from a solar energy plant at Weipa.

Solar Plant

Assisting an international investor with due diligence on the potential acquisition of an Australian utilities solar plant.

Boyne Island Aluminiuim Smelter

Advised Boyne Smelters Limited on both long and short term contracts for the purchase of additional electricity for the Boyne Island Aluminium Smelter and related transmission arrangements. The work included advice on tender documentation, AFSL considerations and developing novel contract structures to operate within the National Electricity Rules.

Carbon Farming Project

Advised a Queensland-based agribusiness company on development of a pioneering 'carbon farming' project in Queensland, including providing advice regarding corporate law issues (including Australian Financial Service Licence and managed investment scheme issues), registration of carbon rights, agreements with land owners, issues under Commonwealth and State legislation and issues associated with sale of carbon credits generated by the project.    

Carbon Pricing and Trading

Advising numerous energy industry clients on the impact of carbon pricing on electricity hedge arrangements and on trading of carbon and other green rights under the environmental product schedule. Clients include Stanwell Corporation Limited, QGC, Rio Tinto and Energex Limited.