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Clay is a respected energy specialist who has advised the energy industry on competition, regulation and infrastructure development matters for more than 15 years. He has worked through a period of restructuring and reform that has reshaped the electricity industry in Australia.
Clay has a unique and intimate understanding of the regulatory environment for electricity in Australia, having advised ElectraNet, AGL, ETSA Utilities (now SA Power Networks), Flinders Power (now Alinta Energy), Tarong Energy, Hydro Tasmania, the Utilities Commission of the Northern Territory, Aurora Energy, Vestas, Energy Australia, Grid Australia, Powerlink, the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (Qld), TransGrid, TrustPower and SP AusNet in relation the operation of the National Electricity Market, and the energy regulatory systems in each State and Territory.
Clay has received extensive industry recognition for his expertise in electricity law and the electricity industry. Each year since 2009, he has been named by his peers as one of Australia's top Energy lawyers in Best Lawyers Australia and was recognised by Best Lawyers Australia as Lawyer of the year 2014 in the Energy category.
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Clay has been involved in several significant construction projects in South Australia. He has acted in relation to the development of grain handling facilities, and the construction of a number of major commercial office buildings and shopping centres. Clay has also been instrumental in the construction and maintenance of gas pipelines and worked to develop alliance agreements for project development.
Clay is at the very forefront of legal practice in the electricity industry. He has a sound understanding of the complex regulatory systems which apply in each State and Territory and advises many of the major participants in the electricity industry across Australia.
A key issue in the energy sector is access to essential infrastructure and satisfying regulatory requirements in respect of supply of energy. To help his clients comply in these key areas, Clay assists in the development of various standard form contracts such as use of system agreements, standard retail energy supply contracts and disclosure statements.