Duncan McGregor is a specialist environmental, planning and climate change lawyer. He is co-leader of Minter Ellison's National Climate Change Team.
Duncan acts for major developers and government sector clients. He has advised extensively in relation to requirements for environmental licensing and pollution control, including in relation to major industrial and infrastructure projects. He has significant experience in obtaining complex environmental and project approvals for developers, and advises on other environmental issues including pollution licensing and contaminated land.
Duncan has also acted for defendant companies in a number of significant prosecutions for environmental offences, and advised in relation to investigations of pollution incidents by regulatory authorities. He has also advised extensively in relation to the potential liability of directors and managers under environmental legislation, particularly in relation to contamination and remediation liability.
As one of Minter Ellison's climate change specialists, Duncan advises clients in relation to climate change law and policy, and the likely operation of any carbon tax or emissions trading scheme. He also advises in relation to the operation of other Commonwealth climate change laws, as well as State – based climate change laws, particularly in the areas of renewable energy and carbon abatement projects.
In recognition of Duncan's climate change expertise and experience, in 2010 he was appointed by the Minister of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency as Chair of the Commonwealth Governments' Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee under the proposed Carbon Farming Initiative.
Duncan also has extensive experience as a planning lawyer, having acted in that role on some of the most significant developments in NSW in recent years, particularly including acting on the recent redevelopment of the Westfield Centrepoint site.
Duncan has also undertaken or supervised a large number of environmental and planning due diligence investigations, and assisted in numerous large corporate transactions by drafting environmental and planning warranties, indemnities and releases. Duncan has significant experience in negotiating with significant environmental regulators to ensure the smooth transfer or grant of relevant environmental and planning licenses and approvals.