Duncan McGregor

Duncan is a specialist environmental, climate change, and development lawyer. He is a co-leader of MinterEllison's National Climate Change team, and has advised extensively in relation to environmental issues, climate change, various renewable energy proposals, greenhouse and energy reporting and other sustainability issues.

In recognition of Duncan's climate change expertise and experience, he was appointed by the Minister of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency as Chair of the Commonwealth Governments' Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee under the Carbon Farming Initiative. Duncan also lead the MinterEllison team which was appointed by the Commonwealth Government to a panel to advise in relation to the design and implementation of the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Duncan's strong environmental approvals background places him well to act for clients in obtaining the necessary environmental and planning project approvals for renewable energy projects and associated infrastructure.

Duncan has acted for a wide range of Victorian, Commonwealth and New South Wales entities and regulators.

Duncan played a key role in advising the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce in relation to its efforts to develop a standard model for Indigenous participation in the carbon economy, particularly through carbon farming, and its efforts to seek funding for that model.

One client recognises Duncan as a 'readily available, level-headed and commercially minded source of good advice who is key for addressing matters quickly because he doesn't sit on the fence' - Chambers Asia Pacific 2013

New South Wales Interstate Rail Network Restructure

Advised NSW Government in relation to a major restructure of the State's non-metropolitan rail system which included an investment of A$800 million+ in rail infrastructure by the Commonwealth Government. The arrangements effectively incorporated 3000kms of NSW interstate and Hunter Valley mainline railway track under the same operation and management as the interstate standard gauge mainline railway track. We also subsequently advised on commercial arrangements in relation to the take up by ARTC of the Metropolitan Freight Network and the Southern Sydney Freight Line.

Next Capital Aged Care investment

Advised Next Capital on its acquisition of five aged care facilities in South Australia and a subsequent sale and lease back.

Sydney Ferries Franchising Project

Acted for Transport for NSW on the Franchising Sydney Ferries project. This follows on from acting for the NSW Department of Transport & Infrastructure in the Sydney Ferries Market Review project in 2010. This was a high profile and politically sensitive project to implement the recommendations of the Walker report to franchise the iconic operation of the ferries on Sydney harbour. It involved the drafting of service contracts and the conduct of a tender process, extensive due diligence, evaluation and negotiation with three private sector consortia and, ultimately, completion of the transaction with the preferred tenderer and transition from Sydney ferries to the new private sector operator.